January 2019
In This Issue
"Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff."

~ Alan Greenspan 

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The goal of this e-newsletter is to provide you critical, inside information that will help you "follow the money" in business disputes, divorce cases, fraud cases, estate matters, corporate embezzlement and to prevail when defending an IRS criminal case. We will do this by sharing the knowledge we have from our 25+ years of experience as an IRS Special Agent and 16 years as a private investigator / forensic accountant.

We take special care to ensure the information we provide you in "The Beacon" is the latest and most current information available. 
In this edition, we talk about the many different ways to embezzle.

We want to write about topics that will assist you in prevailing with fraud, divorce, estate and probate, and IRS criminal cases. Please e-mail us your topics of interest to Thebeacon@sageinvestigations.com
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Edmond J. Martin
Principal, Chief Investigator
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Texas Certified Investigator (TCI)
Embezzlement? Let me count the ways.

This article is a supplement to the earlier article "Who Are Embezzlers?

Misappropriation of funds is a method of money theft of which
embezzlement is a common form. This form of crime involves a person who steals something he/she possesses and controls but does not own.

The Embezzlers are very crafty people and are looking for weaknesses in systems including cash controls, accounting, inventory, payroll or other  systems of control . They have control and access to funds of a business because of their position of trust. There are many forms of embezzlement including:

  1. The outright theft of money by misclassifying the theft as a business expense or an owner draw. This happens when often in small businesses, where the owner is busy developing his/her business.
  2. The creation of ghost employees by a bookkeeper who has an agreement with individuals who have false identities that can cash the payroll check and split the proceeds. This happens when a business owner does not pay attention to the employees on his/her payroll.
  3. The bookkeeper has authority to authorize company credit cards without company oversight. This happens when the controller ignores the activities of the bookkeeper because they are having an affair.
  4. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO)creates a vendor, placed it in the accounts payable list of vendors, without verifying the authenticity of the vendor. Months later, the CFO started to issue checks to the fictitious vendor based on false invoices. This fraud happens when the accounts payable clerk ignores irregularities, or the controller is too busy to listen to the accounts payable clerk.
  5. Mid-level managers of a large corporation ignored the collusion of an employee with vendors and allowed internal controls to be overridden. The compromised employee approves the invoices while knowing the services were not provided and made payment by the corporate credit card in violation of corporate policy. The managers ignored the policy violation for years and allowed continued payment by the corporate credit card, until an experienced manager arrived and questioned the use of the credit card.
  6. An employee and member of the accounting staff of a corporation were entrusted with the accounting for orders from customers. The staff member colluded with the customers to allow the theft of equipment and products. The employee receives a percentage of the theft.
Proving the Crime of Embezzlement

An attorney working with a private investigator of these types of embezzlement must develop the evidence and testimony that the embezzlement was committed and prove the embezzler took part in the following activities:
  1. The embezzler was entrusted with control of the company's money but not ownership of the company. The investigator of these types of money theft cases must show that the responsible person was entrusted with the funds through their employment contract, or instruction or directions by the owner of the company. Also, look at the training and prior experience of the embezzler.... Read More 
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