Job rotations and vacations continue to be effective internal controls. A September 30, 2020 article in the Scotsman newspaper (the Article) was a recent reminder of this fact. The article explains that embezzlements, which had gone on for more than eight years, began to unravel and were ultimately discovered after the embezzler’s manager announced plans to rotate staff to give them broader experiences.
The case discussed in this article is both an encouraging sign for employers who are victims of employee theft, as well as a warning.
Reducing the risk of fraud from both external and internal sources is something that all businesses have to consider at some time, or continually, depending on the owner's approach and taste for living on the edge. But seriously, fraud is a serious problem that can damage or even destroy a business, particularly small and medium ones, which can't afford the potential losses.