We have all heard the stories. Someone gets caught embezzling,
gets fired by the practice owner, and almost immediately is working
across town, or across the street, with predictable results.
And we shrug our shoulders and wonder how this could happen. And yet it does — probably 20% of our investigations involve someone with “baggage.”, and we have many situations where we have investigated the same thief more than once. We’ve seen a spate of serial embezzlers in the past six months, which prompted us to update the hiring article directly above my column.
One energetic embezzler has victimized more than 15 practices. She and I are on a first-name basis – I call her “thief,” and I won’t repeat what she calls me. You can read about her and other serial embezzlers in our Hall of Shame HERE
Notwithstanding the vulnerable populations, protected information and, yes, money, that pass through dental practices, the sad truth is that owners know far less about people they hire than they should. And the consequences can be devastating.
It’s easy to fix this. What is required is a bit of enlightenment and the resolve to investigate properly before hiring. We did a great webinar on this topic last year; it’s available HERE
There are excellent people out there who would love to have a job in a great dental practice. Let’s keep the others out!
If you have concerns about someone working in your practice, or would like to lessen your vulnerability to embezzlement, I’d love to speak with you. You can book a time using THIS LINK