Small Business Fraud & Theft

Are you at
risk of workplace Theft?

ACCA can assist you in determining if your company is potentially exposed to fraud. 

If you have suspicions that you are the victim of workplace theft, we can help you investigate and provide guidance on your next course of action.

 

We can also review your policies and advise on activities such as fraud and corruption prevention, job rotation, segregation of duties, independent reconciliation of accounts, and auditing of processes and policies to ensure compliance. 

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identify

There is a need to ensure employees and customers are confident in reporting potential fraud and corruption in your workplace.

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Investigate

ACCA knows what is required and will provide you with the evidence required to substantiate or disprove any allegation.

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Take action

Protect your business and let us prevent corruption or fraud from significantly impacting your employees and business model.

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Think you might be a victim of fraud?

We have a FREE Fraud Health Check for Small Businesses. Click the link below, fill out the form to receive the survey.

Prevention Services

Bulletproof Your Company

Put in place systems to protect your business

ACCA can help you protect your greatest your business. Mick Symons has enormous experience working with small businesses to optimise their internal process and avoid the pitfalls many smaller companies fall into.

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“We have worked closely with Mick on a number of projects. His extensive experience provides him with an impressive ability to quickly get to the heart of the issues in an investigation and produce results efficiently. His personable and professional approach to his work provides confidence and helps put clients at ease. He is a first-rate legal investigator”.
David Huw Williams
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determine your goals

Let us help you prevent or investigate corruption in your business as illegal activity can destroy not only your business but your reputation in the market place.

Put systems in place

ACCA can provide a safety audit of your company to show you how to implement checks and balances to introduce procedures to reduce the potential for fraud and corruption.

understand your rights

It is important you take action to bullet proof your company – ACCA can help you understand this.

what do you need?

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in all Services

Investigations

ACCA knows what is required and will provide you with the evidence required to substantiate or disprove any allegation.Contact Us for a free consultation.

Training

We can help you conduct internal investigations. We will work with you and your internal team on how to locate evidence, interview personnel and prepare final reports. 

Prevention

It is essential to conduct an active risk assessment analysis of all areas of your business where any illegal activity can destroy not only your business, but your reputation in the market place.

Compliance

It does not matter the size of your company – you could be a major international conglomerate or the local corner shop. You need to have guidelines in place.
ACCA Corruption Investigations

ACCA have the experience and dedication to provide you with personalised service. 


We will provide you with the support and service you deserve.

ACCA is here for you

Protect your Business from the threat of Fraud & Corruption

important things you should know

Frequently Asked Questions

Small businesses—particularly those that have fewer than 150 employees—are the most vulnerable to employee fraud schemes. From stealing company funds, to sales reps lying about product capabilities to sell more products, to employees stealing company data, risks abound for small companies. 

 

They are also more likely than larger companies to experience a catastrophic loss from fraud because they lack appropriate internal controls and owners lack awareness of the risks their companies face from insider threats.

 

If you want to review your current situation and determine your level of risk of workplace theft, fill out our free survey.

·       Refusal to turn over job tasks to others.

·       Unusual working hours.

·       Poor work performance.

·       Unjustified complaints about employment.

·       Defensiveness when reporting on work.

·       An unexplained close relationship with a supplier or customer.

       Overcharging customers

       Fake payments

       Overtime fraud

       Cashing customer cheques

       Forged Cheques

       Stealing Customer Data

       Payroll Schemes

       Insurance Scams

       Billing schemes

ACCA can assist you by reviewing and/or providing a fraud and corruption policy to deter fraud within your company. 

Experience (and research) indicates fraudulent payments are a major factor in asset misappropriation. 

1.    Make sure you have strong evidence to support your decisions

2.    Keep the information as confidential as possible – restrict conversations with other employees unless absolutely necessary – you may need to take someone into confidence to gather evidence

3.    Consider what action you can take – this may be restricted by Union agreements/Awards.

4.    Can you suspend employee pending investigation?

5.    Is there an established disciplinary process to apply?

6.    Consider independent investigation – contact ACCA for advice and action. Note – experience shows it is better to contact us as soon as you have suspicions as we can assist with the gathering of evidence and the investigation process

The smaller businesses need to train their personnel in identifying what may be improper conduct in the workplace. An important aspect of this procedure is to have a reporting mechanism to allow the employee to provide information without any fear of repercussions. This reporting should extend, where appropriate, to suppliers and customers of the company. 

ACCA can provide advice on how to implement policies and procedures within the company to achieve this goal. 

Theft in the workplace is considered by Fair Work to be a serious misconduct which may result in disciplinary action taken against the employee, including summary dismissal. However, the disciplinary action taken should be balanced with the severity of the actions of the employee. 

Anti Corruption Consultants Australia (ACCA) offers expertise in a wide variety of investigations. Mick Symons has been involved both as an investigator and a manager of investigations into fraud, corruption, discipline (code of conduct), bullying, sexual harassment and due diligence investigations.

It is important to have someone who understands the legal requirements of the various methods of investigation; someone who understands how evidence should be gathered, stored and presented for the appropriate forum for a decision to be made. Too many investigations result in key evidence being thrown out because of the failure of the investigator to follow simple procedures.

FREE Fraud Health Check for Small Businesses

Think you might be the Victim of Fraud? 

Fill out the form below to get sent our free survey that provides you with an indication of the potential vulnerability of your business to fraudulent activities.

FREE Fraud Health Check for Small Businesses

Think you might be the Victim of Fraud? 

Fill out the form below to get sent our free survey that provides you with an indication of the potential vulnerability of your business to fraudulent activities.