Employee Theft Among the Valued Employees

Tue, March 20th, 2012 - 5:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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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.


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