Chamber Breakfast Examines Employee Theft


  • One out of every 30 retail workers has been arrested for workplace theft

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Breakfast Aug. 25 at which Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris will discuss ways to prevent employee theft and fraud.

The Rosebud Café is catering the 7:30 a.m. breakfast at UNM-LA in Building 2, room 230.

Employee theft and fraud costs businesses more than $3.5 trillion worldwide. The typical organization loses 7 percent of its annual revenues to employee fraud, according to a report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). And, the National Retail Federation found that employees stole 5.5 times more than shoplifters.

Los Alamos, with its better-than-average education level, is not immune to the problems of employee theft. The ACFE study found that while 34 percent of office thieves only had a high school diploma, 21 percent had some college, 34 percent had a bachelor’s degree, and 11 percent held a postgraduate degree.

More than 37 percent of frauds were committed by managerial staff; however, one out of every 30 retail workers has been arrested for workplace theft.  

Employee theft and fraud can take many forms:

  • stealing cash or inventory;
  • falsify time cards; steal credit card information;
  • commit workers compensation fraud;
  • steal identities or data from customers;
  • steal office supplies;
  • copy company digital assets;
  • influence business transactions; and
  • many more scenarios. 

According to the ACFE the average office fraud is not detected for two years. 

Chamber members can reserve a seat for the Chamber Breakfast on Employee Theft and Fraud on the events page of the Chamber website or by emailing or calling 505.661.4816. Chamber Breakfasts are a benefit of Chamber membership. The LANL Community Programs Office is the Chamber Breakfast sponsor.

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