Prosecution isn't the norm, but it should be

I wrote a blog last week alerting dealers to beware of increased fraud, particularly by employees.

One dealer reader commented that he's been struck twice in his 10 years in business. He pressed charges in both cases, and the second culprit, who took $7,500, is about to report to prison.

Here's what I don't get: This dealer is the exception.

Most businesses don't try to prosecute thieving employees, says dealership accountant John Davis of Dixon Hughes PLLC's Atlanta office. Instead, they go to their insurance company and try to recoup their losses that way. They perceive prosecution as too much trouble, Davis said.

I understand the hassles of dealing with police and prosecutors and court dates. And certainly, in the case of long-time, trusted staffers, emotional ties can make choosing such a path difficult.

But when employees steal from you and betray your trust, they should face the consequences. And a conviction could prevent them from going to the dealer across town and starting the scam all over again.