As the economic downturn sets in, people are looking for ways to earn a tad bit more. 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 authorities have yet to recover this.
Although this was a bad thing to do you may have to wonder about the company in question. It amazes me how a company cannot notice that £1 million pounds has gone, are they really getting that much revenue? Secondly why was this person not checked in full to see whether or not he has a bad approach? I have put together a few tips that employees can use as a checklist so this does not occur.
1) You should fully check references, do not just get their details and then forget about it. References are needed for a reason. Try to also get some character references from the people in question.
2) Try a 7 day test period? This would efficiently let you know if they are good.
3) Try to get permission to check their credit score. A credit score shows in depth information about people, would you rather employ someone with a good or bad score. Maybe if the directors of the companies had check they would of seen his massive debts.