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Case Study - The Business Development Manager and the Raffle Rorts

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Case Study - The Business Development Manager and the Raffle Rorts

Information was provided by staff to Management that a Business Development Manager was stealing Club monies and property whilst carrying out their duties at a western Sydney Club. As a result of this information, Management carried out initial inquiries and found a number of irregularities in respect to goods allegedly purchased by the BDM for prizes in raffles and promotions and those that were actually used for that purpose. 

 

One piece of information related to a laptop computer that could not be accounted for. Records indicated that the BDM purchased three (3) laptop computers to be used as prizes in raffles at the Club.  Other records showed that only two (2) of those items were actually given away in a promotion and the third laptop was not in the possession of the Club. Additionally, other documentation indicated the following items were also purchased for raffles or promotions which could not be verified as having actually been given away.

  

  • A heated throw rug. Two (2) of these items were actually purchased and only one (1) has been accounted for.
  • A set of Wiltshire steak knives .Two (2) of these items were actually purchased and only one (1) has been accounted for.
  • Perfume was purchased from a local firm. As a result several free items were given to the BDM which were not on forwarded to the Club.
  • Dish racks and place mats purchased had not been accounted for.
  • A curved bracelet had not been accounted for.
  • Two (2) gift vouchers were purchased from Bras & Things and have been accounted for.  Records indicate that at the same time two (2) pairs of size 14 underwear were purchased which could not be accounted for, the information being they were kept by the BDM.
Barringtons was instructed to investigate this matter. On interview the BDM made admissions in respect to stealing property and monies belonging to the Club.  She refuted having stolen the majority of the items listed above but admitted the following:
  • She used club monies to purchase a dressing gown and pyjamas for personal use purporting those items were to be used for raffle giveaways;
  • She used club monies to purchase a mobile phone for personal use purporting that item was to be used for a raffle giveaway;
  • She purchased three (3) laptop computers for raffle prizes although two (2) had been used for this purpose and they kept the remaining laptop.
  • She used club monies to purchase a handbag for personal use purporting that item was to be used for a raffle giveaway; and
  • She systematically stole monies from the poker machine float, which she believed amounted to two and a half thousand dollars ($2,500.00).  This money was used for personal matters.
The BDM's employment was subsequently terminated. 

Learn more about Barringtons Internal Investigations.

Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons  

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