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ISBN-13: 978-0470545713
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You're a busy business owner. You don't have time to think about whether or not any of your employees may be stealing from you or embezzling from your business. Or . . . do you?

Based on author Stephen Pedneault's experience of over twenty years working with clients and counsel in a wide range of employment-related issues—many stemming from some type of theft or embezzlement of assets, money, proprietary information, or all three—Preventing and Detecting Employee Theft and Embezzlement: A Practical Guide is the readable, useful resource that will help you better protect your business.

From implementing prudent hiring policies and practices through collecting receipts, making deposits, writing checks, paying employees, and evaluating the adequacy of insurance coverage, this essential book covers the major financial areas commonly found in most small businesses, and provides you with easy steps to follow in preventing and detecting embezzlement.

With checklists at the end of each chapter so you can literally start protecting your business right away, this practical guide takes a closer look at:

  • Why you would be wise to perform independent due diligence on a potential employee—even if they are referred by someone else

  • The truth about contacting past employers when checking on a candidate—why it's not much help

  • What you must do in the hiring process to better protect yourself and your business

  • How to know and monitor your existing employees

If you are a business owner—even if your business is very small—and you don't want to get burned by employee theft or embezzlement of any kind, Preventing and Detecting Employee Theft and Embezzlement is the practical guide you want to keep by your side. Its shorter chapters, checklists, and cases are specifically designed to work with your busy schedule, to make prevention and detection of employee theft a more effortless reality in your business.

About the Author

STEPHEN PEDNEAULT, CPA/CFF, CFE, is the founder and Principal of Forensic Accounting Services, LLC, a CPA firm specializing in forensic accounting, employee fraud, and litigation support matters. Steve is the author of Fraud 101: Techniques and Strategies for Understanding Fraud and Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation, and a contributor to Fraud Casebook: Lessons from the Bad Side of Business, all published by Wiley. Steve has also written numerous articles appearing in local and national media, and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of employee embezzlement and forensic accounting. For more information about Stephen Pedneault, go to www.forensicaccountingservices.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470545712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470545713
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Pedneault is the principal of Forensic Accounting Services, LLC, a local CPA firm in Glastonbury, Connecticut specializing only in forensic accounting, employee fraud and litigation support matters. His technical expertise and intuitive investigative awareness have garnered him the respect of the legal, accounting and law enforcement communities. As a result, Steve is called upon as a litigation expert on an ongoing basis and is considered a highly regarded member of legal teams.

Working in public accounting for over twenty years, Steve is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). He has an Associates Degree in criminal justice from Manchester Community College and a Bachelors Degree in accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Steve's first book Fraud 101 was been published by Wiley Press. His second book Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation (Wiley) is due out in January, 2010. He is currently writing A Practical Guide To Preventing and Detecting Employee Theft and Embezzlement (Wiley) which will be available in 2010. Steve has authored numerous articles appearing in local and national publications. Business and student organizations request him to speak on a wide variety of subjects including forensic accounting; fraud prevention; risk assessment; embezzlement; probate concerns; business valuation and other related topics on an ongoing basis. He is often referenced and quoted in articles appearing locally, regionally and nationally.

Through his investigative work, Steve has examined frauds ranging from a few thousand dollars to amounts well in excess of $5 million dollars. His expertise also lies in preventing and investigating embezzlements and financial statement frauds, evaluating financial disclosures in matrimonial and probate concerns, as well as, other types of forensic accounting matters.

As an adjunct professor to the University of Connecticut faculty, Steve authored an innovative course on forensic accounting that has been offered since 2008 as an online class within UConn's Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) program. The course provides an overview of forensic accounting and identifies the qualities and attributes required of a forensic accountant. The course provides students with an approach and skill set to enable them to perform a forensic accounting assignment.

When Steve is not playing detective and finding the missing money, he enjoys spending time with his family. In addition, Steve volunteers as an EMT on a community ambulance service. He also contributes his time in support of his sons in the Boy Scouts and a wide variety of other community projects.

Steve recently was elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Society of CPAs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Rossi on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for all financial professionals. If you are a business owner you owe it to yourself to be informed and educated. The author demonstrates his mastery of the subject matter with this easy to read, well written book. Every time you read the newspaper there is at least one story of a financial crime or embezzlement. I am a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner and I have investigated several white collar crimes and it is tragic to see business owners taken by trusted employees. As a business owner, CFO or controller you should highly consider buying this book. It could literally save your organization millions of dollars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Brody on February 1, 2011
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If you want ONE book that will guide you in all of the critical areas of preventing and detecting fraud in a small business, this is it. This comprehensive analysis also provides end of chapter checklists that you can refer back to. Examples are also provided and when the author says that this is a PRACTICAL guide, he means it. The book is very well-written and contains just the right level of detail. As a forensic accountant myself, I found the book to be full of good information and I learned a few new things myself.
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By Carl Slicer on May 6, 2011
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After seeing Mr Pedneault at a seminar I was pleased to get his book. I find the application very informative when he applies the real life scenarios along the way. More than a guide it's fun to read especially if you like solving mysteries. Carl Slicer, owner, Besthire.com.
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I've read this book and is pretty cool. It contains many tips on how to conduct an assesment of internal controls, and how to improve them. The author doesn't deal with a complicated vocabulary and goes straight to the point. A must read.
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