In This Issue

"It is always right to detect a fraud and to perceive a folly; but it is very often wrong to expose either. A man of business should always have his eyes open, but most often seem to have them shut."


-  Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl




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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 have addressed How to Prepare for an Estate and 12 Top Tips to Reduce Employee Theft.


We want to write about topics that will assist you in prevailing with criminal IRS 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)


Preparation for an Estate    



A number of years ago a dominant sibling took over the operation of a business from the elderly founder of a company. This sibling has made some poor decisions and has allowed greed to enter his heart. What should the other siblings do to attempt to save the company from bankruptcy?


Based on my experience I recommend that the other family members first secure the services of a competent lawyer. They should then obtain power of attorney from the patriarch of the company, establish a board of directors and take control of the company from the dominant sibling. It will be necessary to remove the dominate sibling from the daily operation of the company. They may elect to allow the dominant sibling to retire to a comfortable life. A new strong leadership team including a CEO, CFO and COO must be established by the board of directors, and every effort should be made to correct the existing problems.


Family members must immediately conduct a thorough business analysis, specifically:


Click here to learn what to do... 

12 Top Tips to Reduce Employee Theft 

How to handle theft by employees and what to do to prevent theft in a small business setting.

President Ronald Reagan advised Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the arms control agreement that he would "trust but verify;" so should a small business owner do. As a small business owner you must establish a culture of constant vigilance against employee theft. Here are 12 top tips to help you prevent employee or partner theft:

  1. Have company bank and credit card statements sent to your home or have a link emailed directly to you on a monthly basis. Review them on a regular basis. Even if you do not see anything unusual, ask questions of the employees handling accounts to let them know you are watching and to keep them on their toes
  2. Require monthly reconciliations of all bank accounts and review them, looking for anomalies such as checks that do not clear or deposits that are long-term outstanding
  3. Have your accountant review the internal controls of your business and suggest means to segregate duties
Read the rest of the tips...


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