Close monitoring of finances is particularly vital at banks and other financial institutions. In many cases, access to both company and customer funds is built into the jobs of all or most employees at such enterprises.Accounts payable auditshave a key role to play at these firms – and a recent case served as a reminder of this fact.
The Credit Union Times recently reported that Teresa Humphries of Madison Heights, Va.,pleaded guiltyto charges that she embezzled more than $1 million belonging to the Lynrocten Federal Credit Union, where she formerly worked as a teller. In the wake of Humphries' theft, the Lynchburg, Va.-based financial institution had to shut its doors.
Humphries' scheme was an ongoing, long-term operation that was implemented on a regular basis. According to the news source, Humphries stole between $3,000 and $4,000 every month between 2007 and 2013.
"Her brazen and persistent acts of fraud violated the trust placed in her by the Lynrocten Credit Union and its customers," United States Attorney Timothy Heaphy commented, according to the news source. "This office will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute instances of financial fraud and do our best to provide restitution to the victims of these crimes."
According to The Roanoke Times, the U.S. Attorney's Office claimed that Humphries had help from the credit union's managerin the fraudulent scheme. The 56-year-old woman alleged to investigators that she worked alongside Linda Newcomb, her supervisor, for more than 10 years in stealing credit union funds by taking out fraudulent loans in the names of the organization's customers and then depositing the funds into family accounts. Newcomb, however, has denied these allegations, and Humphries opted to withdraw her statement at a later date.
Meanwhile, the Culpeper, Va.-based Northern Piedmont Federal Credit Union has filed a civil case against Humphries, Newcomb and Becky Nichols, another former teller at Lynrocten.
Karl Andersson has devoted his career to helping organizations improve their business processes. For 15 years, he has worked with multitudes of Fortune 500+ companies as the CEO of Technology Insight. Before this, he spent 10 years working in the audit and consulting sectors, which included large international projects in both Europe and Asia.
Karl brings a combination of industry expertise and real-world experience. The diversity of his clients has allowed him to understand a variety of industries, and the unique challenges that each of them face.