|My husband was the victim of an inside embezzler. He had hired a part-time employee to help during his busy period. She made him feel comfortable so he allowed her to do her own thing as long as his work got done. His business was separate from mine, so I didn't get involved until I actually saw what he was paying her. I started asking questions and things didn't compute. |
She was fired and we ended up closing his business. I went back to look at his books and found she had paid herself (yes, he had allowed her to write her own checks) for a 12 hour day and 8 hours for Christmas day, which as a part-time employee she didn't qualify for. She was terminated on the 14th; we received a notice from the state unemployment office that she had filed on the 8th. I continue to learn of client problems she created even a year later.
People who are given "authority" and not overseen will definitely take advantage of a situation. Not saying that's the case for the SS instances mentioned, but it can happen.