Disclaimer: We understand the sensitive nature of this topic. Our goal is to provide awareness to all doctors and staff members. The more people have this type of activity on their radar, the less of this we will see in our businesses. We have been advised closely on what content and information to provide and what not to provide. We hope this brings attention and awareness to this despicable behavior to ultimately protect your practices.
Now that we know the "Why" let's look at what we can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. First, when hiring anyone who will have access to your practice financials, make sure to do your homework. Conduct a background check, run a credit check and call their previous employers. This is our very best and first line of defense in hiring someone who has embezzled before or is likely to start with you.
Make sure we are checking all our accounts and know what to look for when it comes to discrepancies. We would also recommend obtaining a copy of "Dental Embezzlement: The Art of Theft and the Science of Control" by David Harris to learn more about this topic and how you can protect yourselves and your practice. If you have concerns or questions, please reach out to us directly or to David Harris' team at Prosperident.