Small crimes, big problem

Staff witnessing fraud fear exposing it. Two-thirds of known crime goes unreported
By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/02/2002

The Enron and WorldCom scandals put a spotlight on white collar corporate fraud, but what’s closer to home for many Canadians is small-time crimes like taking expensive office items and pocketing company cash.

In the last year, 20 per cent of working Canadians witnessed people stealing from their employers, according to a survey by Ipsos-Reid for Ernst and Young, a professional services firm.

The most common fraudulent activities included inflating expense accounts, claiming extra hours worked, taking kickbacks from suppliers and creating phony supplier invoices.