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Embezzlement in the news

News in Rochester last week included a story about an embezzlement at a small local bank. I have assumed embezzlement is very difficult at a bank. After all, when I go to the bank I see security cameras everywhere I ...

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Fraudsters messing with the IRS

A client called me and said he was excited because he received an e-mail from the IRS notifying him that he had an additional refund just waiting for him to claim. He went on to say that all he had ...

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Grandma and the computer

Last December I went back to my home town to visit. I was window shopping on Main Street when an old friend from high school came up and wondered if he could talk to me about my grandmother. Dave was ...

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Taxpayers: Beware the wrong tax preparer

My friend, George, ran into an acquaintance at a local bar. George knew the guy prepared tax returns, so he asked him about a tax notice he received. His accountant had told him he should pay it because the IRS ...

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Is stealing time harder than it used to be≠

If your employer provides you with a vehicle, it’s possible they know where you are whenever you use it. A construction superintendent told me he received a call from his home office one day, wanting to know where he was. ...

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Beware: Bounced checks are on the rise

Recently I met someone whose job is to collect on bad checks for a bank. If someone told you that at a party, you would probably think “ho hum.” I, on the other hand, was fascinated. I started asking questions. ...

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The whistleblowers among us

In the fraud arena, whistleblowers are heroes. Time magazine selected three whistleblowers as its “People of the Year” in 2002. Harry Markopolos recently became famous for trying, and trying, to blow the whistle on Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Whistleblowers are crucial ...

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Where have all the internal auditors gone≠

Now is a great time in American history to be a fraud professional. Fraud is rampant. Actually, it’s been rampant for a long time, but a lot of cases are just coming to light because the economic downturn makes some ...

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Downturn revs up work-at-home scams

There have always been work-at-home scams, and they’ve always targeted certain groups. Stay-at-home mothers, the elderly, disabled and undereducated job seekers face difficulties navigating the traditional job market. Working from home saves on costs for clothing, gasoline, lunches and childcare. ...

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One victim details a real fraud

Owners of small businesses usually consider fraud as something that could happen — to someone else. Recently, I interviewed a small business owner who is a victim of fraud. Q Did you ever think your company would be victimized by ...

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Is it tax fraud, or just a simple oversight≠

Most people experience a little stress this time of year while getting their tax returns done. You have to find all of the right documents, remember things that happened a whole year ago, use last year’s return as a reference ...

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