We’ve all heard so much in the news about fraud over the last several years. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about an executive caught with his hand in the cookie jar, a company that failed to follow proper accounting rules, or a compensation structure that led someone to cheat with the numbers.
In some ways, I think people are becoming immune to fraud. The cases don’t seem as significant as they would have been five years ago. They’re not as shocking as they used to be. It is sad that fraud is becoming more commonplace. And the more we hear about fraud, the more I think companies run the risk of not taking it seriously.
Most importantly, I think people are running around with some big misconceptions about employee fraud. If they mistakenly believe their company is not at risk, they are probably not actively preventing fraud. Companies must know the truth about fraud and its perpetrators in order to actively protect themselves.