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Occupational Crime
Deterrence, Investigation, and Reporting in Compliance with Federal Guidelines

ISBN 9780849313776
Published August 20, 2002 by Routledge
256 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description


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.

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

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"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