Employee Fraud

Fraud by employees at the hands of a company happens at all levels and at all different types of businesses. The State of New Jersey charged 12 public employees with official misconduct for allegedly taking gasoline from pumps reserved for public vehicles and putting the fuel into their own personal vehicles. The state attorney general alleged that hundreds of gallons of gasoline were taken by these 12 public workers while gasoline prices rose to $3.00 or $4.00 per gallon.

The workers were caught when other public employees wrote down the license plate number of one of the personal vehicles at a public-run pump. The suspect’s information was sent on to the New Jersey State Police corruption unit. An official state audit found more than 600 such gasoline purchases were made for higher numbers of gallons of gasoline than the public vehicles’ tanks held.

Improving Hiring Processes

The application process is the first place a New Jersey business can cut down on fraud within a company. A company may conduct a criminal, civil and credit background check of an applicant with the applicant’s written permission. Doing so gives the hiring manager a better understanding of the applicant’s history.

Conversations with previous employers also can cut down on employee fraud. Inquiring of previous supervisors can give the hiring manager a perspective of what the applicant will be with the new company. Some relevant questions to ask previous employers include:

  • What were the applicant’s job duties?
  • How did the worker perform at these duties?
  • What were the strengths of the applicant that truly benefited the organization?
  • What weaknesses of the applicant prohibited true success?

Improving Legal Documentation

When hiring individuals for a new position it is imperative that a business has a legal contract of some sort and fashion. It doesn’t need to be complex, but the legal documentation of hiring an employee outlines the nature of the work relationship between the company and the worker.

Other legal documents required of businesses include binding contracts with clients, distributors and suppliers. These documents outline the nature of the agreements of the moving of products and services through the organization. It is imperative that businesses have these documents composed by a qualified New Jersey employment law attorney. Experienced New Jersey employment lawyers work with businesses to construct necessary legal documents.