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ON BEHALF OF CHERONIS & PARENTE LLC   /   September 14, 2017

3 actions that could raise suspicions of fraud

When you work as part of a company, you may appreciate that your actions help keep the business running as a whole. Though you could sometimes feel as if your actions go underappreciated or that your contributions may seem minimal, you certainly know that issues could crop up if you did not properly carry out your duties. As a result, you certainly do your best to attend to your responsibilities.

Though your job may seem insignificant at times, you may feel as if everyone knows your name if a problem comes about. If you work in your company’s financial department, you may feel every eye on you if someone accuses you of fraud. Therefore, you may wish to understand what actions could raise suspicions when it comes to this type of activity.

Missing records

You undoubtedly know that keeping thorough records allows any company to run smoothly, especially when it comes to finances. Though documents commonly get lost in the shuffle during the workday, if records consistently go missing, someone could suspect fraudulent activity. This type of issue could prove especially suspect if the missing information involves gaps between check numbers.

Voided checks

A considerable number of voided checks could also point to potentially fraudulent activities. Voided checks could indicate that funds meant for a certain transaction were returned, and someone could then put those funds into a personal account.

Similarly, if the department in which you work often has responsibility for making company-related purchases or ensuring that workers receive their pay, any discrepancies could raise suspicions. One way in which a person could commit fraud relates to using company funds to make fake payments or purchases and then converting those funds into personal accounts.

Duplicate checks

Another issue that could raise suspicion relates to the same check number appearing multiple times. This could indicate that a person has tried to use a check for an unsubstantiated purchase or other wrongful means.

Dealing with accusations

Any of these indicators of fraud could also take place by accident or due to misunderstanding. Additionally, you could also stand accused if someone else in your department has purposefully carried out such actions. Therefore, you may wish to remain vigilant in ensuring that you understand your duties.

If you face fraud charges, you could understandably feel at a loss as to how to properly address such a predicament. As a result, you may want to explore your legal defense options.

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