How to Claim Stolen Money

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How to Claim Stolen Money
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It is not uncommon for employees to steal revenue from their company. If you suspect that your employees are stealing revenue from your company, there are ways to claim that stolen money. Knowing which employees are stealing from you is a bonus and will further help your case in the future. However, it's important to remain calm when faced with this situation. You must be certain that your suspects are guilty before you take action.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    How to Claim Stolen Money

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    If you have a good idea which employee is stealing money from you, ask to see him in your office. Sometimes the employee will admit to stealing the money. In that case, you can fire the employee right away. If you are able to establish a formal instalment note, which is a note requesting the employee to pay back what he owes, criminal prosecution can be prevented. This way, the situation won't be announced publicly.

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    Contact the police if you'd rather use authorities to solve the problem. Police will look over your evidence, and they'll help with interviewing possible suspects. However, if they do find that the employee is stealing from the company, the culprit might not only get fired but arrested as well. Then, the arrest will involve the district attorney's office and other employees will be less likely to steal from the company.

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    Decide if you want to take civil action. If the thief admits to stealing from the company or is arrested, a civil proceeding can help you obtain the money you lost. You also can take part in a civil proceeding at the same time a criminal proceeding is taking place.

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    File an insurance claim to help collect the money you've lost. If you have insurance coverage, notify your insurance company immediately when you discover that an employee is stealing. Some insurance companies require the suspect to be already convicted or judged in order for the claim to go through.

Tips and warnings

  • Handle the situation quickly as soon as you discover that someone is stealing from your company. It also might help to get advice from professionals who deal with these specific situations so that theft does not happen again.

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