A metal fabricating company that supplies the automotive manufacturing industry receives a call from a vendor: “You’re past due on your invoice with us. Please pay immediately or we will have to freeze your account.” You quickly check your online accounting system, and it shows that the invoice has been paid. You then check your banking records, and the corresponding check number has cleared. As you’re trying to determine what you’ve missed, you notice Pat, one of your accounts payable clerks, pulling into the parking lot in a brand-new Mercedes. Red flags go up. Could it be employee fraud?
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