A nonprofit focused on the performing arts.
A payment clerk manufactured phony invoices to a pre-approved vendor with whom the clerk had an arrangement for sharing the profits.
An annual financial audit uncovered the crime, and the guilty parties were convicted, but not before the employee had embezzled funds in the six-figure range.
Good financial controls would not allow an arrangement to pre-approve vendor payments. A best practice would be for each individual invoice to be approved by one person, then a second person would issue the check (but not have signature authority), and finally, a third person would review and sign the check.
In a small nonprofit, the approver may also be the check issuer, but should not have signature authority.
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