When talking to groups of dentists about embezzlement, I have noted their first instinct is to deny that it has ever happened to them. Current statistics, however, show that at least 60% of all dentists have already been the victim of embezzlement at least once. In a group of seminars I conducted in Australia and New Zealand, one dentist admitted to being a victim 3 times.
There are published lists of red flags, seminars offered, numerous articles in magazines, and books written on the topic, but the number of incidents keeps climbing. Of 10,000-plus dentists invited to a recent webinar on the topic, only 38 actually attended. Why the denial or lack of interest? Perhaps it is an embarrassment. It shows that you have not been minding the store. Maybe you are not aware it has occurred. In most cases, embezzlement is brushed under the rug and you move on to the next office manager who comes along.