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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Prosperident
Sometimes we make the mistake of assuming that everyone knows who we are and what we do. Here are some things you might not know.
1. The company was founded in 1989, by David Harris.
2. David got drawn into the dental embezzlement world by accident. Once he found himself there, his investigative skills and amazing ability to think like a criminal quickly established him as the “top gun” of embezzlement investigation for dentists.
3. Prosperident only assists dentists. We do not investigate in other businesses, nor do we work for dental insurance companies, the IRS etc.
4. We work with all dental specialties and have specialized groups to deal with embezzlement in oral surgery and orthodontic practices. Our Special Investigations” group deals with some of our more unusual cases.
5. Our dozen investigators all had extensive dental backgrounds before they started training to be Prosperident fraud examiners. Half have completed their Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation, which is the “gold standard” of fraud examination.
6. Our examinations are completely stealthy — no one but you will know that we are involved. Also, normally our investigations are done remotely and without a (probably conspicuous) visit to your office.
7. We do a lot of speaking, and five members of our team are accomplished speakers. In a typical year, we do 60 or more speaking engagements — everything from big meetings like the Hinman and Chicago Midwinter to local study clubs.
8. We offer three products — Diagnostic Examination(for when a dentist wants to know if he or she is being embezzled), Forensic Investigation (for when embezzlement has been confirmed) and Office Protection System, which is a preventative product designed to minimize the probability and impact of future embezzlement.
9. The most popular section of our website is the Hall of Shame, where we profile over 350 embezzlers. It’s a great place to look before hiring someone — check it outhere.
10. Our boss, David Harris, is pretty camera-shy. He has only allowed himself to be recorded while presenting once. You can see it here.
I have embezzled over $30,000. What should I do?
There is a website called www.justanswer.com, where people can ask questions of subject area experts. One question that was asked came from someone who said that she had embezzled $30,000 from the dentist for whom she worked, and she was asking an attorney what to do.
It’s an interesting exchange, particularly where she reveals her reasons for embezzling, and that when she had confessed to her doctor, she admitted to stealing just 3% of what she actually took.
Something I often get asked is whether more embezzlement takes place when the economy is in trouble. The answer isn’t a totally simple one, but it does show something interesting about embezzlers, so it is one that I am always happy to address.
An economic downturn puts some people in a financial bind; spouses may lose their jobs, investments devalue, and falling housing prices cause homes to be “underwater” or can even make it difficult to obtain mortgage financing. All of these things exert sufficient financial pressure to cause a small minority of the population to steal.
We refer to this group as “Needy” thieves, and economic conditions certainly increase their numbers. However, we shouldn’t forget that there is another cohort, which we label as “Greedy”. Unlike the Needy, these people aren’t stealing to survive — they are stealing to purchase luxury items that they feel that they “deserve” but can’t afford on the salaryyou pay them. We’ve watched these people purchase everything from $150,000 automobiles to boats to lavishing expensive gifts on their friends.
Members of this group believe that society (and in particular their employer) underappreciate their talents and value. Stealing is their way of addressing this perceived inequity and tacitly demonstrating how smart they are.
I’ll mention two things about this group — they seem to be much larger than the Needy — approximately 80% of the embezzlement we find involves Greedy thieves. Second, the “lifestyle gap” that they perceive widens in a booming economy — they see others “getting ahead” faster than they are, and this motivates them to embezzle.
So, contrary to what you may have thought, we see more embezzlement in a recovering economy than one in a downturn, but it involves a different group of embezzlers.
David Harris CPA, CMA, MBA, CFE, CFF
Chief Executive Officer
Prosperident — the world’s largest dental embezzlement investigation firm