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Responding To Employee Embezzlement

Law360 (April 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Every year employers lose billions of dollars from employee theft, fraud, and embezzlement. When a client calls you, his employment law attorney, with news that he has just discovered that his long-term, trusted employee may have been "cooking the books" it is helpful to have a game plan ready to put in place immediately.

Employers in this situation often feel angry, betrayed, and anxious, all at the same time. Here are some suggestions for advising employers in this situation.

First, immediately remove the employee from the workplace in order to properly investigate the situation. On a short-term basis, a safe option...

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