Friday Wisdom – Embezzlement

My father was a CPA and specialized in auditing. He was often hired by companies who were trying to figure out who was stealing from the company.  The first thing father always asked for was a list of people’s vacations over the last year.  He told me that most often the embezzler was the person who never took a vacation and seemed like the most loyal and hardest working person in the company.  If this person went on vacation and gave up control they might be exposed.  I was amazed how often this theory proved true.

In my life, I’ve done my best to show employers that I am not an embezzler by being lazy, disloyal, and frequently on vacation.

More wisdom next week,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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24 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Embezzlement

  1. eidswick says:

    If experts at sniffing out embezzlers, like your father, know embezzlers normally are the most diligent employees and never take vacations, a crafty embezzler should hide himself by taking lots of vacations and slacking off wherever possible.

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  2. Wow. What an experience. Nicely captured.

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  3. Your father was a very smart man! And clearly he passed his smarts on to his son – you have an excellent work strategy. How selfless of you to reassure your employers like that! 😉

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  4. siskinbob says:

    I always knew there was a reason for lack of enthusiasm for attending the office …. lol

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  5. Baydreamer says:

    I like your take on it, Andrew! 🙂

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  6. pommepal says:

    Well I would never have guessed that one…

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  7. George says:

    Lol…your father was a very smart man and his son learned very well…:)

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  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Ha, I like your way of thinking.

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  9. Smart man, your father.

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  10. CJ Hartwell says:

    Great advice, Andrew!
    You know, we knew a guy who was director of a big art museum in Nebraska (yes, there are such things in Nebraska). He was a very elegant, dignified man, friendly but a little intimidating. A few years later we heard he was arrested for embezzlement and had stolen nearly a million dollars over the course of several years. He was a hard worker who never took a vacation. Hmm. 🤔

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  11. I could build a character around that. Good tip (as always), Andrew.

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  12. Ray V. says:

    My experience is similar. . . always the last person you’d expect.

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