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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ..............................x
About the Author ...........................xii
Preface ...................................xiii 
Introduction...............................xvii

PART ONE
A Human Face on Theft

Aaron's Story ................................1 
Madelon's Story...............................9
Dave's Story.................................21
Betty's Story................................29 
Scott's Story................................34
Holly's Story ...............................45
Rocco's Story ...............................52
Paul M.'s Story (A store owner) .............56
Helen's Story (A sompany owner) .............64
Gary's Story (A store owner) ................71
Sarah's Story (Loss Prevention) .............77
Hal's Story (Human Resources) ...............82
Horatio''s Story (Loss Prevention) ..........84

PART TWO 
New Perspectives

The Bigger Picture...........................87
The Real Reasons People Steal from Work .....88
Doing Well, Doing Good, Doing Time...........93
Kleptomania or Employee Theft Addiction?.....96
Comparison: Kleptomania vs. Employee Theft...98
C.A.S.A. Group Demographics & Statistics ....99

PART THREE
New Solutions

Managing the Managers.......................101
It's A Family Thing.........................106
The Top Concerns of Employees...............108
Tying It All Together.......................110

PART FOUR
Exercises for Recovering Theft Addicts

Questions for Self-Exploration..............113
My List of Unfair Things....................120
My Lucky Gratitude List ....................122
My Dream Job................................124
If It Were My Business......................125
Journaling/Practice Journal Page............126
Gray Area Dishonest Behaviors...............128
Healthier Ways to Get Freebies & Good Deals.128
Common Triggers & Coping Skills.............133
Common Warning Signs & Coping Skills........137
How My Addiction Served Me..................140
Honesty is Its Own Reward...................145
Losing Your Edge or Gaining Your Edge.......146
Be Assertive!...............................147
The Importance of Humor.....................148
Someone to Talk To .........................150
What to Do With What Has Been Stolen........151
The Dangers of Transferring Addictions .....152
Forgiving Ourselves ........................155
Using the 12 Steps .........................156

PART FIVE
Related Topics

Probation/Counseling/EAP Assessment
Questionnaire...............................169
Questions for People Who Steal from Work....171
Getting Fired/Prosecuted: What You Need to
Know........................................172
Conducting an Intervention..................177
The Family Needs Help, Too .................186
Starting a Self-Help Group..................187
Epilogue: Where Do We Go From Here?.........188
Resources...................................189
Books.......................................191

 

Introduction

Consider these excerpts from the following article in The Detroit Free Press, June 24, 2005:

Janis Fernworn, 45, was the treasurer for her church. Over several years, she embezzled at least $700,000. She appeared to have no history of alcohol, drug, or gambling addictions. She is married, has five children—two of them adopted—and lives in a wealthy suburb.

"I am horrified at what I did to my church. I pray they will someday forgive me for these repugnant crimes." Mrs. Fernworn and her husband had been members of the church for 23 years and her husband had served on the church's board.

According to prosecutors, Fernworn wrote checks to herself from church funds. She tried to hide this in various ways but was eventually discovered.

Fernworn said her embezzlement began when she and her husband were three months behind in paying their home mortgage. "I still remember the first time I wrote a check to myself that wasn't legitimate," she said. "My hands shook so badly, I was almost unable to manage the writing. I felt that I had exhausted all other possibilities. I don't know when it was that the embezzlement switched from easing... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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