An employer faced with an issue involving employee theft or fraud will often wish to act quickly to terminate the employee but before taking any steps, a proper workplace investigation should be conducted. Certainly, once an employer becomes aware of the fraud, they may find that they may have a requirement to act under their insurance policy, so putting an investigation team together quickly will be essential.
The strength of the evidence will ultimately dictate whether you will be successful in terminating the employee and will help determine whether you will be able to recover any of the stolen assets. An objective investigation, properly conducted, will help determine the strength of your case. Investigative solutions may include searches, surveillance, monitoring, witness interviews and statement taking.
Also important is determining whether the subject employee is in possession of the assets or any assets in which an employer may recover in a civil action.
Private investigation firms can assist with executing civil recovery actions such as:
Employers faced with such issues should consider retaining an experienced investigation team to help navigate the challenges arising from investigations of employee fraud and other misconduct.
By Sean Gladney, Vice-President, The Investigators Group Inc.
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A licensed private investigator is trained in investigative techniques and must understand the procedural steps required to be followed in order for video surveillance to be admissible.
Employers can conduct surveillance using tools such as a swipe-card system, which data can be used for time-management and disciplinary purposes, or cameras.
I have seen first-hand how fraud can be harmful to a company’s reputation and brand. Engaging in a fraud investigation is difficult and can erode the trust and morale of employees and raise questions and concerns to your outside relationships, customers, suppliers and even prospective employees. That is why before engaging in any investigation, I will ensure that I explain to the client the investigation process, the potential scope and risks, and care is taken in planning the execution and timing of any investigation.