When many companies think of a potential fraud they think of external breaches or approaches to their business, but what if they need to look inside their business?
A first check and surely a must for any business would be to verify a candidate's credentials. Whilst a fraudster can of course be a qualified accountant or professional a simple check in this case would have found the 'employee to be' in fact only held student membership to ACCA.
A man who posed as a qualified accountant swindling thousands of pounds has been stripped of his membership and ordered to pay costs. Harvey Pearce, who now lives in Witney, was convicted of a series of frauds and thefts in Buckinghamshire and Didcot last May. The 50-year-old claimed he was a qualified accountant and was employed as the finance manager of Diamond Light Source in Harwell between June and September 2014. It was the second time he had claimed he was an accountant, after working in the role at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. He pleaded guilty to earning almost £155,000 through false representation and more than £24,000 from fraud and theft from his work at the National Film and Television School.