10 Feb 2009

Companies ignore fraud warning signs - survey

1:58 pm on 10 February 2009

The latest survey from business advisory firm KPMG shows firms are continuing to ignore the warning signs of fraud.

The survey, which includes New Zealand-based multinationals, found almost half of respondents suffered fraud crimes against their company.

Red flags indicating likely fraud were ignored in more 22% of the major cases.

KPMG director of forensics Mark Leishman said that equates to about $650,000 of fraud in New Zealand.

He said recovery rates for lost money in New Zealand are as low as 2% for a variety of reasons. Some firms do not wish to litigate while others have comprehensive insurance, he said.

Mr Leishman said non-management employees are most likely to commit fraud.