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The Embezzler | Fall 2012 Newsletter



In This Edition

  • Fraud Happens Everywhere: As we listen to stories of fraud in our homes across Western and Central Michigan, it’s hard to imagine embezzlement or fraud happening in our small business. But, it does happen more frequently, and goes on for perhaps longer than we think.
  • Holiday Scam Alert: Gift Card Stripping: Gift cards are one of the most popular presents of the holiday season, but could they lead to disappointment from the recipient?
  • Tis the Season to…Hire Temporary Employees: While this time of year is busy for stores looking to hire people quickly, some forget one important step — background checks.
  • H&S Employee Receives Recognition For Work on Fraud Case: Tamra Matthews started working in the H&S Companies Mount Pleasant location just a few short months ago, and she is already making a name for herself in the community.
  • Profile of a Perp: Typical traits of the Occupational Fraudster.

Download the Fall 2012 edition of The Embezzler

To learn more about preventing fraud in your business, contact Kit Powell.

Kit Powell
Certified Fraud Examiner
616.735.3104
kitp@hscompanies.com



The Embezzler | Fall 2012 Newsletter



In This Edition

  • Fraud Happens Everywhere: As we listen to stories of fraud in our homes across Western and Central Michigan, it’s hard to imagine embezzlement or fraud happening in our small business. But, it does happen more frequently, and goes on for perhaps longer than we think.
  • Holiday Scam Alert: Gift Card Stripping: Gift cards are one of the most popular presents of the holiday season, but could they lead to disappointment from the recipient?
  • Tis the Season to…Hire Temporary Employees: While this time of year is busy for stores looking to hire people quickly, some forget one important step — background checks.
  • H&S Employee Receives Recognition For Work on Fraud Case: Tamra Matthews started working in the H&S Companies Mount Pleasant location just a few short months ago, and she is already making a name for herself in the community.
  • Profile of a Perp: Typical traits of the Occupational Fraudster.

Download the Fall 2012 edition of The Embezzler

To learn more about preventing fraud in your business, contact Kit Powell.

Kit Powell
Certified Fraud Examiner
616.735.3104
kitp@hscompanies.com


‘Tis The Season To…Hire Temporary Employees



Background checks help protect employers

Background checks help protect employers

USA Today reported, “six of the largest store chains in America will together add more than 300,000 temporary workers during the season to account for the expected higher volume of shoppers”. According to MSNBC, Amazon alone is hiring 50,000 employees for the holiday season. That’s a lot of new faces for employers to keep track of!

While this time of year is busy for stores looking to hire people quickly, some forget one important step — background checks. The ACFE reports that small businesses lose $2.9 trillion annually because of fraud committed by their own workers.  Background checks are one way to help prevent fraud from happening to you.

When running a background check, the first thing to consider is whether you want to run a state or national background check.  When making this decision, keep in mind that a state background check will not show if crimes were committed outside that respected state and may not show a clear picture of the individual’s activities.

Before implementing a background check, your company should have policies regarding best practices and industry requirements. In the policies, it should state what types of crimes would cause you to retract an employee offer. It is best to run a check after an offer is made with a clause that employment is pending results that are in align with your specific policies.

H&S Companies facilitates background checks with real time processing. Our software pulls data from a national database and provides accurate reports of convictions.

For more information, check out the following articles:

To learn more about preventing fraud in your business, contact Kit Powell.

Kit Powell
Certified Fraud Examiner
616.735.3104
kitp@hscompanies.com



H&S Companies July Newsletter is Now Available


The Embezzler (back)

The Embezzler (front)

The H&S Companies Fraud Division is pleased to present the first edition of The Embezzler. Look for The Embezzler quarterly, with fraud related news and tips.

In This Issue:

Expense Report Embezzlement
After They Embezzle…
Prevent Bad Hires with Background Checks
Protect Your Non-Profit from Fraudsters

Click here to download.

H&S Companies July Newsletter is Now Available



The Embezzler (back)


The Embezzler (front)


The H&S Companies Fraud Division is pleased to present the first edition of The Embezzler. Look for The Embezzler quarterly, with fraud related news and tips.

In This Issue:

Expense Report Embezzlement
After They Embezzle…
Prevent Bad Hires with Background Checks
Protect Your Non-Profit from Fraudsters
Click here to download.

H&S Companies July Newsletter is Now Available



The Embezzler (back)


The Embezzler (front)


The H&S Companies Fraud Division is pleased to present the first edition of The Embezzler. Look for The Embezzler quarterly, with fraud related news and tips.

In This Issue:

Expense Report Embezzlement
After They Embezzle…
Prevent Bad Hires with Background Checks
Protect Your Non-Profit from Fraudsters
Click here to download.