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Occupational Crime

Deterrence, Investigation, and Reporting in Compliance with Federal Guidelines, 1st Edition

By Ernest C. Blount

CRC Press

256 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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While organizational entities cannot be sent to prison, they can be heavily fined, ordered to make restitution, placed on probation, forced to forfeit property, suffer public and stakeholder recriminations, and can be forced out of business. Avoid these unnecessary repercussions with Occupational Crime: Deterrence, Investigation, and Reporting in Compliance with Federal Guidelines. Whether you are starting from scratch or you wish to benchmark an existing program against another framework, this book takes you from legal mandates and program design to implementation and maintenance to help you develop an effective Employee Security-Awareness Program that accommodates the compliance needs specific to your organization.


We all watched it happen: the demise of a powerhouse corporation caused by the irreverent and illegal actions of a handful of employees and executives. If it wasn't clear before the Enron/Arthur Andersen fiasco, it's painfully obvious now: Not only do we have to worry about our employees committing crimes against us as employers, we may even be held accountable for their actions! From governmental entities to partnerships to non-profit establishments - organizations can be indicted, criminally charged, prosecuted, and found guilty of criminal conduct. If you haven't yet heard of the US Sentencing Commission, and more specifically Chapter Eight, Sentencing of Organizations, of the United States Sentencing Guidelines, it's time to learn.

Occupational Crime: Deterrence, Investigation, and Reporting in Compliance with Federal Guidelines clearly explains how Chapter Eight sets forth punishment for organizations convicted of federal crimes, including felonies and Class A misdemeanors, and describes an effective compliance program and other incentives that can mitigate sanctions. It begins by defining the problem of organizational crime and puts into perspective the abusive employee behavior problem. Then the book examines the price that businesses, institutions, individuals, and the nation pays for organizational crime and shows how to calculate those costs. Thirdly, it provides the tools for the solution of the problem - through the implementation and maintenance of a customized Employee Security-Awareness Program. Finally, the book provides supplemental materials you can use for program planning, records, and communications media.

In every venue, societal and governmental, abusive employee behavior and occupational crime is a costly and intricate issue demanding vigilant management attention and diverse remedies. Considering the uniqueness of each company, there is no "one size fits all" formula for an effective compliance program. Written by a 25-year veteran of corporate internal security and a certified fraud examiner, Occupational Crime helps you customize, no matter the size or type of company, a compliance program that will meet and exceed federal guidelines. With its step-by-step presentation, you will learn how to prevent, detect, and report crimes committed by employees on behalf of or against your organization.


"As an accountant in the security profession, [the author has] opened my eyes to areas I find relevant, currently topical and appropriate … captured my attention … aided me with understanding the impact occupational crime has on my staff, myself and the organization I am employed to support and protect. [The book] does a succinct job of outlining the problems, the costs, and the solutions. …provides well-researched and practical support materials to assist the proactive security conscious individual with development of a security awareness/loss contingency program."

- Paul P. Donahue, CMA, CBM, ACFE

"A well written eye opener, the subject of which is very timely and definitely needed in the current economic turmoil we are in. A 'must read' for all business management and auditors."

- Richard J. Kamentz, CIA

"The compelling insight [the author has] provided regarding the development of a culture for ethical corporate behavior transcends various diverse industries. I found this book to be an excellent resource for anyone who cares about the conduct and survival of their business. [It] not only provided great insight as to 'why' anyone in today's business environment would need to develop a meaningful corporate compliance program, but also a demystified and commonsense 'how to' approach."

- Steven Mellion, MBA, MHA, CNHA

Table of Contents




What Is Abusive Employee Behavior

The Threat Among Us

Management's Contribution

Management Attitudes and Practices

Crime Causation and The Criminal Personality

Ethical Considerations




The Bottom Line

The Personal Cost

Calculating The Cost in Dollars

Essentials of Data Collection

Problematic Issues




The Big Picture

Key Components of Loss-Prevention

The Importance of Management Commitment

The Employee Security-Awareness Program

Program Benefits

Program Philosophy

Program Goals

The Employee Security Orientation

The Importance of Employee Involvement

Personal Safety and Security

Communicate the Loss-Prevention Message

Security Policies and Procedures

Pre-Employment Screening

Security Committees


Discipline, Prosecution and Recovery of Losses

The Integrity Line

Security Related Exit Interviews




Policy Development, Evaluation and Maintenance Cycle

CEO Program Kick-Off Letter

Customer Security Letter

Vendor Security Letter

Employee Security-Awareness Pamphlet Sample

Cover-Jacket for Loss-Prevention Kit

Employee Security Responsibilities

Acknowledgment of Individual Security Responsibilities

Instructions for Reporting Abusive Behavior

Ideas for Corporate Security Themes

Do-it-yourself Security Poster Ideas

Sample Security Poster

Security Telephone Sticker Reminders

Security Hard-hat Sticker Reminders

Security Paycheck Reminders

Security Wallet-Card Reminder

Security Newsletter Article

Security Incident/Loss Report

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science