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  • Opportunity, Not Gender, Matters

    Mary, Dr. Martin’s “second wife”, worked as the doctor’s office manager for thirty years. Mary knew Dr. Martin’s habits. She managed the practice, had access to company and personal credit cards, performed banking and even picked up Dr. Martin’s dry cleaning. A trusted employee, Mary was efficient. Mary was nice. But Mary was a thief – […]

  • Establishing a Company Social Media Policy Article by SDCCPA

    Establishing a Company Social Media Policy

    Richard Hy, a New York policeman, found out the hard way that joking on social media about stealing cocaine from the evidence room was a bad idea. Hy was suspended without pay. A waitress was recently fired for posting complaints about a customer on Facebook. A woman lost a job offer at  Cisco because of […]

  • Whistleblower Hotlines article by SDCCPA

    Whistleblower Hotlines: A Powerful Tool in the Fraud Prevention Toolbox

    Tips are one of the most common fraud detection methods. In 2016, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners analyzed more than 2,000 cases of occupational fraud in 114 countries. In approximately 39% of cases, the fraud was discovered by receiving a tip. Organizations with reporting hotlines are more likely to detect fraud than organizations without […]

  • The Face of Fraud Article by SDCCPA

    The Face of Fraud

    Crime tends to require three elements: motive, desire and opportunity. Employee theft is no different. Being aware of the reasons leading up to employee theft and learning to identify likely perpetrators can give employers a leg up on protecting their companies from theft. Motive & Desire Employees who steal usually have their motives. For example, […]

  • Who's on Your Payroll Article by SDCCPA

    Who’s on Your Payroll?

    Make no mistake. Payroll fraud is real. Recently, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) found payroll fraud occurred in 27% of all businesses, nearly twice as often in small businesses. Worsening the outlook, payroll fraud lasts for an average of three years, with businesses taking a median hit of $145,000.00. That’s three years of […]

  • Home Sweet Home Article by SDC CPA

    Home Sweet Home

    Sunset Villas is a condominium complex with fifty units on the shores of Lake Michigan. Owners pay $550.00 a month in dues towards neighborhood and maintenance, including the upkeep of the pool and common areas. When the owners hired a property management company, they didn’t realize Sunset Villas was a tempting, lucrative target. Homeowners associations […]

  • 2017 SDC CPA Halloween Contest

    On October 31, 2017, SDC held our annual Halloween Costume Contest. Costumes ranged from Peter Pan to a giant grumpy white cat to a witch and even a lamp (complete with cord). This year’s prize winner dressed as an Identity Thief – wearing a black cap and black clothes covered with name tags. All joined […]

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    Avoiding Cultural Misunderstandings

    India is the world’s second-fastest growing economy. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, India’s consumer market is expected to quadruple over the next twenty years. For U.S. small businesses, India holds the promise of tremendous opportunity. As the number of U.S. companies doing business in India increases, the number of Indian policy holders is expected […]

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    Put Yourself First

    Running a small business isn’t easy. Small business owners are plagued by concerns: from keeping the business flowing and growing to making customers happy to handling incoming and outgoing expenses to finding, keeping and paying good employees. Many small business owners lie awake at night worrying about how much is in the business bank account. […]

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    Strengths and Weaknesses of P-Cards vs. Credit Cards

    P-Cards offer certain conveniences organizations find appealing. However, the ease of use goes hand in hand with the ease of abuse. End-user organizations should weigh the balance of the potential benefits and pitfalls of P-Card use in order to detect, mitigate and prevent their abuse. The Good 1. Cost Savings The traditional procure-to-pay process is costly, often […]