Payroll Fraud: How to Spot It & Prevent It

Payroll Fraud

Especially in this rough economy, people are trying to rip off your company. And because labor is a company's largest expense, your payroll department is walking around with a huge target on its back. It's your job to know these risks … how to spot them … and how to prevent them.

Payroll fraud isn't just about "buddy punching" and ghost employees. Two recent swindles in the news …

  • A bookkeeper in Minnesota got four years in prison for skimming $63k from payroll
  • A Pennsylvania company is on the hook for repaying $400k in 401(k) money after a remote employee compromised the payroll system

And these are just big cases that went to court. Most often, payroll fraud is overlooked until it's way too late, and millions have been siphoned from your organization.

Don't become a victim. Discover the most common ways you are susceptible to fraud, and the steps you must take to prevent, detect and deter these scams. This includes the spike in scams rising from the new Paycheck Protection Program.

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In Payroll Fraud: How to Spot It & Prevent It, attorney Alice Gilman, editor of Payroll Legal Alert and a true payroll expert, explains:

  • The four most common types of payroll fraud and how to set up internal controls to combat them
  • The one key step you should take before hiring employees that can nip payroll fraud in the bud
  • How defining roles and responsibilities for your staff can help block payroll fraud
  • Red flags to look for – and how to use audits to find patterns
  • How your company culture can contribute to anti-fraud measures
  • The three steps you and HR should take to protect employees' bank accounts
  • Why farming out your payroll to a third-party preparer isn't a guarantee against fraud

Payroll fraud is a cat-and-mouse game where someone receives wages not earned or reimbursements for expenses not incurred, or even steals employees' identities. It can come from the top, from other employees (including the payroll department) and even third parties.

While payroll fraud is preventable and catchable, you need to know what to look out for and how to respond. Discover the steps that your organization must take to build a firewall to fraud and protect your company … and your career. Get your copy of Payroll Fraud: How to Spot It & Prevent It now!



Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
Payroll Legal Alert

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About Your Speaker:


Alice Gilman, Esq., is an expert in payroll and tax compliance who has covered payroll issues for more than 26 years. She's written and edited several leading payroll publications, including Payroll Legal Alert, the Research Institute of America's Payroll Guide, the American Payroll Association's Basic Guide to Payroll and the Payroll Manager's Letter.

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