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Staff Fraud Survey

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Staff feel markedly more inclined to report suspicions of fraud, according to a survey for KPMG Forensic.

Some 83 per cent said they would report colleagues to their bosses for major incidents of fraud; 44 per cent would report them for minor incidents, such as stealing office stationery. Alex Plavsic, Head of Fraud Investigations at KPMG Forensic, says: ?The impact that some of the recent corporate failures have had on people?s lives which has often resulted in huge numbers of job losses, may have led to a significant change of attitude towards fraud in the workplace. People now recognise that it is not a victimless crime and that those who are responsible should be reported and then held to account.? That means, he adds, that employers should create a culture in which people are encouraged to speak up, in confidence. Although two-thirds of those surveyed (66 per cent) said it was totally unacceptable for profits to be dishonestly increased in accounting books, people appear more lenient for lower-level fraud – such as bending the rules to suit themselves, such as taking a day off or stealing office stationery. Visit www.kpmg.com

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