Research has shown that organisations are confronted regularly with indications that directors, employees, clients and/or business relations are involved in irregularities. Irregularities which can vary from possible false expense claims or invoices or missing funds through to shady constructions with foreign legal entities in tax havens. In many cases, people want to enrich themselves at the expense of others.
Each case is unique
Some cases are small and can be solved quickly. Other cases are complex and more difficult to gain insight into. Some clues are put forward by malicious individuals, and turn out not to be true. Other indications are just the tip of the iceberg.
Prevention is better than cure
We know from experience that it is important to pay attention to these issues and not to let them simply run their course. Unfortunately, this type of problem does not solve itself and may even grow bigger. There is also a risk of later accusations that the necessary attention was not paid to concrete indications. It can even result in losing the ‘right to speak’, or even worse, legal accusations.
Whether it is a case of rancour or large-scale fraud can only be established by carrying out an investigation. Such an investigation must take into account the interests of all parties involved. Bringing in the right specialists prevents unnecessary escalation, long-term legal proceedings, high payoffs and negative publicity.