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Financial trouble has led to increased
incidents of fraud in the workplace.
Employees are becoming paranoid about
losing their jobs and are stealing either as a
way of getting back at their employers or to
establish a financial cushion. In addition,
layoffs are leaving huge holes in internal
control systems that once caught this type
As layoffs continue to be prevalent, many
employees are resorting to theft to cushion
their personal reserves. Employees may also
Fraudulent Claims are on the Rise be tempted to steal from their employers out
of resentment as a way to reap compensation
As the economy continues to suffer, many for doing added work that was once
• Employee delaying or refusing to
completed by now terminated employees. In
employers report an increase in fraudulent have his/her injuries diagnosed to addition to stealing money, employees may
employee workers’ compensation confirm an injury take electronics, food or conduct personal
insurance claims. The National Insurance • Conflicting descriptions of business on company time (known as “time
theft”). To prevent these types of activities:
Crime Bureau (NICB) also reports a 71 accidents in the employer’s report
percent increase in workers’ compensation and medical evaluation - Increase the frequency of your internal
claims during the first quarter of last year • Injuries inconsistent with the nature audit process.
and a 47 percent increase in disability of the business or job tasks - Increase the oversight of your
claims. Watch for the following red flags employees.
• Date, time and place of accident are
of workers’ compensation fraud in your unknown, or report of an injury is - Reconcile bank statements
workplace: not immediate immediately.
• Accidents/incidents reported • Employee cannot recall details of - Add surveillance cameras. To avoid
immediately prior to a layoff, strike, the injury damaging employee morale, do this
closing, termination or job completion conspicuously and tactfully.
• No witnesses are available to
• Injuries reported by those who are discuss the incident. - Establish a fraud hotline for employees
about to retire to call and report suspicious behavior.