We All Pay the Cost for Employee Theft

Employee Theft is an expense to all of us. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that theft by employees costs American companies $20 billion to $40 billion per year. By definition it is any stealing, use or misuse of an employer's assets without permission. Assets imply that employee theft involves more than just cash. In many industries there are many more important things that an employee can steal.

Below are just some of the ways employees can steal from their employers:

  • Money - Depending upon the industry the most common asset stolen from an employer.
  • Time - This situation occurs when the employee is paid for time that they did not work either through falsifying time keeping documents or not working while on the job.
  • Supplies - Employees will take office supplies or restaurant supplies. Examples include pen, paper, computer, food, etc.
  • Company Property - These are items that are taken to be sold.
  • Information - Stealing product designs and trade secrets.

As experienced Private Investigators we have worked numerous cases of Employee Theft. An example of some of our most memorable cases include, but are not limited to:

  • A large tire manufacturer had major issues employees stealing tires by throwing tire over the fence and then selling them at a later date. We established a nightly surveillance which resulted in arrests and 3 indictments.
  • A cardboard trucking company hired us to perform surveillance and observe if and where they were losing product. We observed and documented several instances of individuals stealing cardboard off of the truck and putting it on their personal pickup trucks to be sold elsewhere.
  • A large Upstate company had employees that were stealing copper and other precious metals in various creative ways. We placed an investigator undercover in addition to surveillance and the problem was solved.
  • A small business owner who had an employee who had been with him for over 30 years in the capacity of Office Manager. In the last few years she was with the company she embezzled over $400,000.00. It almost bankrupted the company. A confession, arrest, conviction and termination were made based on our work.
  • In the food service industry steaks were being stolen by the drivers for their personal use. The warehouse staff acted as an accomplice by overstating the load a/k/a salting the load. Confessions, arrests, convictions and terminations were a result of our investigation.

If you have Employee Theft issues in your company and need help give Crucial Investigations a call today. We specialize in all types of domestic and corporate investigations. (864) 915-2833 www.crucialinvestigations.net

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