As the financial crisis goes into full swing, lots of people are looking for ways to earn a little bit extra. But the stupid thing that Chris Proudfoot has done is definatley not the way to go. Chris was sent to jail for 3 years after stealing just below £1 million. He worked as a book keeper and it is said that over a three year period he took money to pay back debts on his credit cards which were caused by online poker, roulette and overall gambling. The police department are still searching for this.
Although this was a terrible occurance, you have to wonder about the business in question. It amazes me how a company cannot notice that £1 million pounds has gone, are they really getting that much revenue? Next all I can say is why was this person not scanned in full to see whether or not he had a bad habit? I have put together a helpful checklist for employees that will eliminate this type of problem.
1) Fully check references, a huge amount of employees never bother in fully checking them. References are their for a reason. You should be willing to also get and chase up some personal references.
2) Try a Trial, There are probationary periods, but what about trying a 7 day trial? This would promptly let you know if they are hiding anything bad.
3) Before signing any contracts try to get permission off the potential employee to check their credit rating. A credit score shows a lot about people's personalities, would you really want to employ some one that has bankruptcies and years worth of missed payments against them. Maybe if the directors of the companies had check they would of seen his massive debts.