Tue, March 20th, 2012 - 5:47 am - By Gordon Basichis
Employee theft has been on the increase. Since the Recession more and more cash strapped employees have resorted to stealing to offset reduced wages and maybe their overspending. A simple fact of life, the economy declines and crime goes on the rise.
In this case the employee theft has greater implications. A woman in the accounts payable department at the New York Catholic Archdiocese has been accused of embezzling about $1 Million. He colleagues have praised her devotion, her charitable and volunteer work. But still she is accused of stealing close to a million bucks.
She didn’t live lavishly, but according to the article in the New York Times, she had a fetish for dolls and collected many expensive dolls. She bought furniture from Bloomingdale’s, and she bought clothing from Barney’s. Buying clothing from Barney’s is, after all, a touch on the lavish side.
Would background checks have detected any past criminal records? Probably not. Next time around, if there is a next time around, background checks will reveal a previous criminal history. There may be aptitude and psychological tests that picked up on her proclivities, but as with many employees there is a first time for everything.