Employee Theft: Examples of Misconduct by Occupation and Job Type

 


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Examples of employee malfeasance can be better understood when broken down into basic occupation types and categories. By doing so, the underlying principles that contribute to acts of fraud, theft and embezzlement become evident: one must have access, opportunity and motivation.

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

  • Ghost companies
  • Fictitious employees
  • Fictitious or inflated invoices
  • “Cooking the books" inflating and skimming from accounts
  • Overlapping accounts

    Automobile and Service Mechanics

  • Billing customer for unneeded repairs
  • Failing to do repairs
  • Substituting inferior parts and products for premium charges
  • Theft of cash by not reporting invoices to garage
  • Theft from customer's cars
  • Intentionally causing additional damages to vehicles
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers
  • Billing customer and warranty center for same problem
  • Selling or using drugs

    Bartenders

  • Not ringing up sales and keeping the money
  • Overcharging customers and keeping the difference
  • Under or over-pour
  • Hiding inventory discrepancies by putting water in liquor
  • Theft of liquor and other merchandise
  • Giving away liquor and merchandise
  • Steal tips from other employees
  • Selling or using drugs
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers

    Computer Personnel

  • Theft of data
  • Software piracy and theft
  • Erasing or causing damage to files with viruses
  • Embezzlement techniques used to round off small amounts of money from accounts over a long period of time or to otherwise divert funds
  • Stealing hardware such as drives or memory modules
  • Unauthorized Internet activity

    Drivers

  • Falsify expense and mileage reports
  • Theft of time and payroll while making unauthorized stops
  • Stealing or shorting deliveries
  • Stealing from the warehouse
  • Selling or using drugs
  • Unauthorized use of delivery vehicle (business and personal)
  • Creating then selling delivery overages
  • Unreported vehicle damage or moving citations

    Executives and Corporate Professionals

  • Falsifying profit and productivity reports
  • Corporate espionage
  • Falsify expense and mileage reports
  • Conflict of interest situations resulting in kickbacks

    Gas Station and Convenience Store Personnel

  • Not ringing up sales and keeping the money
  • Overcharging customers and keeping the difference
  • Selling or using drugs
  • Falsify refunds and keeping the cash
  • Theft of cash or merchandise
  • Giving away merchandise
  • Unauthorized discounts
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers

    Hospital and Nursing-Home Personnel

  • Theft from or physical abuse of patients
  • Stealing, selling or using drugs
  • Theft of equipment, food or supplies

    Hotel and Motel Staff

  • Failing to ring-up room bookings and keeping the money
  • Theft of guest property
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers
  • Overcharging customers and keeping the difference
  • Offering or selling drugs or other illegal activities such as prostitution
  • Theft of cash, food or supplies

    Maintenance Personnel

  • Corporate espionage
  • Selling or using drugs
  • Theft of equipment, food or supplies
  • Sleeping on the job

    Managers and Supervisors

  • Fictitious employees
  • Fictitious or inflated invoices
  • Selling or using drugs
  • Falsify expense and mileage reports
  • Conflict of interest situations resulting in kickbacks
  • Theft from company
  • Falsifying profit and productivity reports
  • Selling or using drugs
  • Corporate espionage

    Marketing and Public Relations Employees

  • Falsifying profit and productivity reports
  • Corporate espionage
  • Falsify expense and mileage reports
  • Conflict of interest situations resulting in kickbacks
  • Theft from company
  • Fictitious or inflated invoices

    Restaurant Employees

  • Not ringing up sales and keeping the money
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers
  • Overcharging customers and keeping the difference
  • Steal tips from other employees
  • Theft of time and payroll
  • Theft of food inventory
  • Falsifying refunds
  • Under-ringing or unauthorized discounts

    Sales Clerks

  • Not ringing up sales and keeping the money
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers
  • Overcharging customers and keeping the difference
  • Falsify time records
  • Under-ringing or unauthorized discounts
  • Theft of inventory
  • Purposefully damages inventory or falsify damage records to keep items
  • Falsify refunds and keeping the cash
  • Theft of cash or merchandise
  • Writing and cashing personal checks without sufficient funds to do so

    Administrative and Clerical Associates

  • Theft of data
  • Software piracy and theft
  • Erasing or causing damage to files with viruses
  • Falsifying profit and productivity reports
  • Corporate espionage
  • Theft from petty cash
  • Falsify time records

    Cashiers

  • Not ringing up sales and keeping the money
  • Stealing and using customers’ credit card numbers
  • Overcharging customers and keeping the difference
  • Falsify time records
  • Under-ringing or unauthorized discounts
  • Falsify refunds and keeping the cash
  • Theft of cash and deposits

    Warehouse Personnel

  • Theft of inventory
  • Purposefully damages inventory or falsify damage records to keep items
  • Falsify time records
  • Phony invoices or accounts

    Security and Loss Prevention Staff

  • Falsify reports and logs
  • Sleeping on the clock
  • Thefts from lost and found or other property areas
  • Drugs or alcohol on duty
  • Unauthorized use of force or customer abuses
  • Accepting bribes
  • Corporate espionage
  • Withhold evidence

    L. Scott Harrell is the author of Truth or Consequences: Hiring for Integrity, a manual which completely and accurately describes proven pre-employment hiring strategies and interviewing skills developed from 14 years of experience as a private investigator and principal of CompassPoint Investigations.

    More information regarding Hiring for Integrity and other effective hiring practices can be found via his website: http://www.HiringProfessionals.com

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