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NCJ Number: 115096 Find in a Library
Title: Some Criminal Justice Implications of a Survey of Fraud Against Large Companies
Journal: Home Office Research and Planning Unit Research Bulletin  Issue:21  Dated:(1986)  Pages:14-17
Author(s): M Levi
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The author describes his studies of fraud in large companies, examining the nature of fraud and the reasons it often goes unreported, how companies believe fraud offenses should be handled, and preventive measures.
Abstract: The paper discusses the seriousness of commerical fraud, noting that commerical frauds recorded in London increased from 36 million pounds in 1970 to 867 pounds in 1984. Contrary to popular opinion, surveys show that the general public regards many frauds against companies and comsumers very seriously. Moreover, senior executives treat fraud seriously, but in a discriminating manner. Three-quarters of frauds reported in the surveys were committed by insiders. There was no relationship between the seriousness of a fraud and the likelihood of reporting. An overview of criminal justice policies covers police personnel allocated to fraud investigation and their training, attitudes of corporate executives toward police investigations, prosecution of fraud, and sentences for convicted offenders. Recommended preventive measures include hiring reliable staff and implementing systems that monitor lifestyles and attitudes of all employees. 11 references.
Main Term(s): Commercial fraud
Index Term(s): Crime surveys; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Great Britain/United Kingdom; White collar crime
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