I. Background/Issues and Concern
Rosemary Worth was talking about the consequences of a theft that had recently occurred at the business she owned, Private Fitness, LLC. Private Fitness is a small health club located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, an upscale community located in the Los Angeles Area. As manager of the business, Rosemary hired Kate Hoffman, one of the instructors and a long-time friend. Kate’s primary tasks included marketing, facility upkeep, scheduling of appointments, and record keeping.
II. Problem Statement
What should be the procedures or controls that Rosemary could use to protect her business’s assets?
III. Point of View
There is an existing employee fraud in the company done by Kate, who is a long-time friend and at the same time, valuable instructor and marketer. Since this is a serious offense made by Kate, a better control is needed to avoid incidents like these. Another thing is the company is not yet stable when it comes to policies/regulations. Proper segregation or delegation of duties must be done. Only one person is designed to do the recording of revenues and receiving of cash which is Kate. That’s the reason why Kate can have the opportunity to conceal fraud.
Specifically, the objectives of the study are the following:
1. To ensure that revenues are all recorded;
2. To make sure cash and cash in bank be equal to revenue recorded; and
3. To implement a better internal control.
V. Areas of Consideration
1. If employees can adapt the change.
2. If Rosemary would be willing to spend time monitoring her business.
3. If Rosemary would be willing to put boundaries between personal and business matters.
We, the consultants, recommend the second course of action. Rosemary must retain Kate as her manager. To be able to prevent the employee fraud from happening again, Rosemary must implement a new system for protecting the organization’s assets. The best armour in money stealing or any other fraud any employee can commit is effective internal control. Since the second course of action focuses on implementing better internal control, therefore it can be the appropriate one.
VIII. Plan of Action
• Inform the employees about the adoption of the new system.
• Reorient the employees in the modifications of their responsibilities. Appropriate methods of assigning responsibility must be implemented to avoid incompatible functions and to minimize the possibilities of errors because of too much work load assigned to employee.
• To establish ethical standards that discourage employees from engaging n dishonest or unethical or illegal acts, Rosemary should organize activities that may help strengthen organizational commitment.
• Appropriate policies for evaluating, promoting, and compensating entity’s personnel must be implemented.
• Since there is less control on tracking all records of the number of clients, length of any private fitness class, and money transactions between customers and company, Rosemary must implement a new system using a membership card as illustrated below:
• With this, company may collect cash properly and prevent crimes from happening in the operation such as theft of organizational assets.