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Employees behaving badly: How about a $2,000 margarita?

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Donna Gamble, of Marietta, a former Georgia Tech employee assigned to the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, pleaded guilty to charging $316,000 of personal items on her Georgia Tech credit card.

Gamble used her home computer to create false receipts for more than 3,800 personal purchases over a five-year period. She siphoned the money from grant funds intended for a National Science Foundation-sponsored project.

Gamble initially pleaded not guilty and hired renowned criminal defense attorney Jimmy Berry, who noted she was “very well-liked in the community.”

No doubt she threw great parties: Her NSF haul included a Jet Ski, three flat-screen televisions, a jukebox, a foosball table, a patio hearth and a $1,900 frozen-drink machine.

As this case shows, requesting and filing receipts may not be enough to protect your company against fraud. Using everyday software, anyone can doctor receipts or create fake ones from scratch. The only surefire fraud preventive is vigilant, personal oversight of all expenses charged by purchasing agents and supervisors.

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