In This Chapter
Putting business controls in context
Checking out the internal control checklist
Realizing the limits of internal controls
When the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he's reputed to have said, “Because that's where the money is!” The cash flows of a business are a natural target for schemers who see an opportunity to siphon off some cash from these streams of money.
Making a profit is hard enough as it is. There's no excuse for letting some of your profit slip away because you didn't take appropriate precautions. This chapter discusses controls and preventive measures that a business should consider adopting in order to prevent and mitigate cash losses from dishonest schemes by employees, customers, and other parties it deals with.