I’ve taken my time in writing about the end to this story. It is a sad story. It is a dreadful story. It is entitled appropriately.
After a few more hospital visits with the employee, the employer had the evidence he needed. But it took his heart longer to accept the fact that his employee became a thief. It took the entire company days to try to comprehend that their friend had done this to them. No longer could they walk the halls and BS with each other without that simple thought playing in their minds, “I didn’t think so-and-so would do it…how about this guy I’m talking to? Would he do as well?”
Second guessing is a frustrating pastime. It never works and only thwarts those who indulge themselves.
The state agency was informed of the embezzlement and the insurance company was told of the loss. When an employee working in that industry steals, the state agency directs law enforcement. They are as much of a police department as the ones we’re used to seeing. They also, once it has been proven to them, turn the evidence over to the county district attorney for prosecution.
The employer was given two excuses by the thief; I’ll use that name now as he was terminated and no longer given the honor of working for that company. The first excuse was that he went into a store to grocery shop and when he returned to his car it had been broken into. The large amount of cash was stolen then by a mystery person. As he shouldn’t have been carrying that large amount on him, enforced by company rules and regulations, he felt that when he reported it to the company, he would be fired. Within 24 hours of this explanation, he changed it to his playing Megabucks and paying some bills. According to his mother who went through his home paperwork, he hadn’t paid any of his bills in a long time.
In the end, he confirmed that he shot himself in the stomach ‘because everyone would be better off. He claimed that only he stole from the company, no other person was involved. He alone did this.
The employer and his other employees were all in a daze; they were scrambling to cover the loss of the one person who maintained that position. The employer and several others were working non-stop days and nights to get it all covered. Others were tying up lose ends with a huge amount of auditing required now. Proof is in the pudding as the saying goes. They had plenty of proof now that the thief wasn’t covering his tracks any longer. Much like in suspense movies when a roomful of pagers start going off alerting the wearers that something was going on, calls started coming in that locations were out of money when money had just been dropped off to them days earlier. Time and time again, the employer went out to balance out locations. The nightmare continued.
It has been close to two years since this ‘incident’ happened. Has the company recovered from this? Yes, it has. Much knowledge was gained of this theft by the employer. He knows how it was done and has put procedures and steps in place to prevent it from happening again.
What was lost?
By the thief:
Employment (medical, dental, and life insurance, 401K)
The right to vote (The vote is automatically restored to all persons convicted of a non-violent felony after the sentence completion. Persons convicted of a violent felony and all second- time felony offenders (whether violent or non-violent) are not automatically re-enfranchised. Those individuals must seek restoration of their voting abilities in the court in which they were convicted.)
The right to own firearms.
The right to jury duty (Persons qualified to act as jurors. Except as otherwise provided in this section, every qualified elector of the State, whether registered or not, who has sufficient knowledge of the English language, and who has not been convicted of treason, a felony, or other infamous crime, and who is not rendered incapable by reason of physical or mental infirmity, is a qualified juror of the county in which the person resides. A person who has been convicted of a felony is not a qualified juror of the county in which the person resides until the person’s civil right to serve as a juror has been restored pursuant to NRS 176A.850, 179.285, 213.090, 213.155 or 213.157.
Future embarrassment when answering in the affirmative on prospective employment applications, “have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
By the employer:
This individual, while attempting stomach suicide, now has huge medical bills and issues that may or may not hamper future employment. I’m sure bills will go unpaid, the ex-wife would go to court to cut off parental visitation he had, the girlfriend and his son may have probably left him. All suppositions on my part.
Surprisingly, I Googled his name and found that he has a resume out in www. land as a handyman.
I’ve been an outsider looking in at this mess. I’ve seen the damage it has done, particularly to the employer. I’ve seen a company that had great morale go to being a company that has more suspicion than it should.
Also, in researching, I found that the thief’s life insurance policy wouldn’t cover suicide. What was he thinking to put him in this hell? We’ll never know.
He has begun restitution of a few hundred dollars. He’ll never see that bill marked Paid In Full. It goes beyond a dollar amount, doesn’t it? Could you imagine yourself in his place?
The Loss…..in hundreds of ways.