Employee Fraud

The majority of corporate fraud is employee fraud. Although fraud has traditionally been regarded as hard to prove, the Fraud Act 2006 provisions make it easier to obtain convictions for fraud than was possible under the previous legislation.

Employee Fraud

This is one of the fastest growing areas of concern for any employer, with a great deal of employee fraud going unnoticed and unreported. Many businesses simply do not have sufficiently rigorous or robust systems in place to prevent losses.

Under the Act, fraud offences are:

  • Fraud by false representation - this is committed when a false representation is made which the person making it knew was, or might be, false and which was made with the intent to make a gain or cause loss
  • Fraud by failing to disclose information - this is committed when the perpetrator fails to disclose information which they under a legal duty to disclose and which is withheld with the intent of making a gain or causing a loss
  • Fraud by abuse of position - This is committed when the perpetrator is in a position of trust and acts dishonestly with the intention of making a gain or causing a loss
  • Fraud by obtaining services dishonestly - this involves obtaining services for which payment is due and failing to pay, in whole or in part, where this is done with the intent that payment will be avoided

Rogers & Norton have a wide ranging knowledge and expertise in cases relating to fraud and dishonesty in the workplace. We have also acted on cases of bribery. We are well placed to advise and support employers in connection with investigations into suspected fraudulent or corrupt activities. We recognise the importance of managing and protecting our clients’ financial and reputational interests and can advise you on the appropriate action to take.

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