‘Tis the holiday season and the time for giving. For business owners, however, the Christmas period opens you up to a number of concerns, namely issues dealing with fraud and bribes.
Stay on top of the game this December by being knowledgeable about how to identify fraud and potential bribes within your business. Being prepared means that you can also work on preventing your employees from taking advantage of your company this Christmas season.
Identifying fraud within your business this Christmas
As a business owner, being aware of fraud within your company is crucial. Whether you’re concerned about an employee taking cash or goods, falsifying financial reports and invoices, laundering money or even being involved in investment scams, it’s a good idea to contact experts who know how best to approach the problem.
At Blackhawk, we have much experience in dealing with corporate and private fraud. We can employ a series of forensic techniques that help us to trace and identify fraudulent activity. Because our detection and identification methods are forensically based, you can use our follow up reports as evidence in a court of law. Blackhawk can also advise and support you through the litigation process if you choose to take the case forward.
What does bribery mean for your business?
The holiday season is unfortunately the time when most bribery offences are made. Firstly, it’s important to understand what constitutes a bribe. The Anti-Bribery Act identifies it as “giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage that person to perform their functions or activities improperly or to reward that person for having already done so.” There are also four main types of bribery offences that you should be aware of:
- Bribery of another person
- Accepting a bribe
- Bribing a foreign official
- Failing to prevent bribery
The penalties for engaging in bribery offences can be quite severe, from heavy fines to up to 10 years imprisonment. At Blackhawk, we can work with you to create an anti-bribery policy for your business, as well as provide appropriate bribery act training for your employees. Finally, we can monitor and investigate any suspected bribery cases that you may feel your employees are engaged in.
How can Blackhawk help?
Blackhawk are experts in corporate fraud investigations. We work hard to ensure that fraud isn’t an issue for your business. We can also give you the advice you need surrounding any bribery and compliance issues you may have.