Brett Wilgar

From freebies for mates to $150,000 fraud, employee theft costs Australian business billions

Watchful Eye, we like a surveillance camera for your accounting system. https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/from-freebies-for-mates-to-150000-fraud-employee-theft-costs-australian-business-billions/news-story/ac7b41f93ace63b20ff99b5e3d1b712a IT’S an epidemic costing Aussie businesses $1.5 billion a year, but many of us have been guilty of it at one point or another. Frank Chung@franks_chung Stealing office supplies might be tempting, but you shouldn’t do it.Source:istock IF YOU’VE ever taken a pen, notepad, stapler or even a Post-It note home from the office, you’re part of a problem costing employers $1.5 billion a year. According to the…

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Why Embezzlement Most Often Occurs at Small Businesses — and How to Prevent It From Happening to You

This is why we made Watchful Eye software, to help Small Business get assurance that all is well in their business.                   https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/293726 A recent survey shows 80 percent of embezzlements occurred at small businesses. Ken Springer Guest Writer President and Founder of Corporate Resolutions Inc. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The latest statistics on fraud should send a big jolt of fear into small business owners. According to…

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Poor internal systems have cost UK SMEs billions

As we broaden the use of our software to be more than just Employee Fraud protection. We have been researching whether driving integrity and quality into SME accounting systems provides quantifiable value to business owners.  We would like to see more research on the subject area as we feel that driving integrity and measuring the quality of your accounting system usage adds more value than simply reducing your risk of employee fraud. This UK article suggests the costs of having…

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White collar crime ‘rampant’ as nearly 900 fraud complaints go uninvestigated

This highlights the prevalence of employee fraud in New Zealand, and the inability of companies to protect themselves or provide the necessary details for this fraud to be investigated by the police.  The article states there is little deterring criminals from committing fraud and “(it is) a bit of an internal joke in police that if you’re going to commit an offence, fraud is the offence to commit (as) the chance of being detected is incredibly low…..” Watchful Eye software…

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Former Public Trustee contractor jailed for stealing more than half a million dollars

Often fraud happens over a long period of time, with the perpetrator becoming bolder as time goes on and the fraud remains undetected.  Watchful Eye software monitors every transaction and reports on changes and anomalies which can prevent this from happening.  By instigating an anti fraud policy in your company and implementing anti fraud software, you reduce your risk to employee fraud and will not be a workplace fraudsters will look to be employed.   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-04/former-contractor-jailed-stealing-more-than-half-million-dollars/7996698 November 4, 2016 A…

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Hamilton office administrator admits $203,000 theft from employer to fund gambling addiction

Gambling is cited by many as their reason for defrauding their employers and something to be aware of as an employer with your staff.  More and more we are seeing this reason used in court, but it is hard to gain an accurate picture as many exaggerate the extent of their gambling issues to garner sympathy.  This is something Judges seem aware of, acknowledging gambling addictions as explaining but not excusing the offending – as is the case here with this…

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Joanne Harrison’s $725,000 ‘web of deception’ revealed in new documents

There has been a lot of coverage of this case.  If one theme should be raised to my readers, it is that threatening behaviour of fraudsters is quite common – being ‘grumpy’, ‘unapproachable’, etc is a common front to avoid being questioned. Care should be taken when trust is placed in staff with these attributes. Also validating suppliers so ‘imaginary’ ones do not get set up in your accounting system (let alone having invoices paid to them) is very important.…

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Former IRD staffer jailed for theft of $265k

As part of our overall anti-fraud philosophy we suggest that you be professionally sceptical and respect your instincts.  This does not guarantee protection, especially when some people take enjoyment in breaching your internal controls, and when their behaviour is irrational and out of character.  Without reporting on your financial transactions and data it is hard to protect yourself. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/89355773/former-ird-staffer-jailed-for-theft-of-265k February 13, 2017 BEVAN READ/FAIRFAX NZ KELLY DENNETT Last updated17:00, February 13 2017 Michael Marsom appeared for sentencing in the Auckland District…

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