David Harris co-wrote this article several years ago with his friend, Dental Consultant Lorraine Guth, in a great magazine called The Progressive Dentist. It’s a great discussion about embezzlement and the dilemma that Lorraine faced.
Lorraine’s web site is www.guthdentalconsulting.com and her phone number is 636-273-9500
If you suspected your friend’s spouse of cheating, would you tell? What if the signs of the deceit were fairly clear, but you couldn’t be sure? It’s a tough question, and most of us really don’t know how we would respond until actually faced with the decision. As consultants, one of our most difficult challenges is bringing evidence forward when we believe a dentist-client is the victim of fraud.
Follow me as I recount an experience. It was the end of the first day of observation and coaching in Dr. Simpson’s practice. I watched and learned from the doctor and team members. Something didn’t seem right. I began my mental organization of findings and started to dig deeper. Dr. Simpson’s favorite and most dedicated employee seemed to be holding back.