Dishonesty Bonds

Would a crime policy cover this?

Posted by BFBOND on November 23, 2016
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Strange way of stealing Gold from the Royal Canadian Mint.

Via the Anus!

goldbullion1717128The case against Leston Lawrence, 35, in an Ottawa courtroom presided over by Justice Peter Doody on a number of smuggling-for-cash charges may seem like a joke, but the risk of employee dishonesty is all too real. Mr. Lawrence is accused of theft, laundering the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property, breach of trust and he was fired from the Mint. Would a Fidelity Crime Bond cover this?

 
During testimony it was revealed that Mr. Lawrence set off the metal detectors more often than the other employees (Except for the ones with medical implants), requiring manual scans using a metal detecting wand but they never seemed to find anything on him. Investigators say that he used Vaseline and rubber gloves that they found in his work locker to aid in smuggling the cookie sized pucks of gold.

 
Four of the pucks were found in a safe deposit box owned by Lawrence and he had sold 18 of them for approximately $6,800 each from November 2014 to March 2015. Subsequently, an obviously dedicated security employee tested the idea that the pucks could be concealed in an anal cavity and not be detected by the wand.

 
Curiously, the mint never noticed any gold missing. After a bank teller noticed Mr. Lawrence had been cashing several checks from a gold dealer and then transferring the money out of the country is when the teller looked up the man’s place of work and alerted the mint to the suspicious activity.

 
Jaw dropping statistics from the ‘Statistic Brain’ website, trusted research provider for Forbes, CNN, ABC News, and many others reveals that the amount stolen annually from U.S. businesses by employees is $50,000,000,000 and 7% of annual revenues are lost to employee dishonesty and fraud.

 
Although a minority of employees becomes dishonest, they can rationalize their theft in many ways: ‘the company won’t miss it,’ ‘they’re not paying me enough,’ or the person succumbs to gambling or some other addiction. Protecting a business with a Fiduciary bond aka Crime bond or Fidelity bond is the most effective way of preventing these losses. The definition on a Travelers Insurance policy for Employee Theft reads

 

“The Company will pay the Insured for the Insured’s direct loss of, or direct loss from damage to
Money, Securities and Other Property directly caused by Theft or Forgery committed by an
Employee, whether identified or not, acting alone or in collusion with other persons”

 

In addition to the employer being protected from covered losses due to theft and forgery, the exact definition of “who” is covered is defined in the policy, but should include all current or former employees, partners, members, directors, volunteers, trustees, seasonal employees and temporary employees. If the mint had one of these bond policies they would be insured against the conservatively estimated $180,000.00 loss.

 
Some of the typical exclusions to these policies are accounting or math errors, vandalism, Governmental action, restatement of a profit and loss statement and theft by the employer itself. You cannot steal from yourself; however coverage extends to partners, directors, members, and trustees.

 
To learn more about fiduciary bond products or any other types of bonds visit our website at www.bfbond.com, our blog at www.bfbond.com/blog , call us at 800.921.1008, email jward@bfbond.com with your inquiries or download the application here.

 

 

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I Trust My Employees. I Don’t Need Crime Insurance.

Posted by BFBOND on February 13, 2014
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I Trust My Employees. I Don’t Need Crime Insurance.

Trust and morals are  a core element of any type of relationship—business or friendship . And no one hires, at least knowingly, a dishonest employee. Sometimes people change, however. Employees can become dishonest, albeit only a minority of them do. Employees can rationalize their theft in many ways: ‘the company won’t miss it,’ ‘they’re not paying me enough,’ or the person succumbs to a gambling or some other addiction.

Unfortunately businesses do go bankrupt because their employees’ steal large amounts of money, or smaller amounts over a period of years, or in some other way commit computer fraud or some other type of fraud. This has an impact not only on your business but also on your other employees and those who count on your services or products.

To learn more about the risks of commercial crime insurance and how to protect your business, call us at Park Insurance. We’ll work with you to:

  • Assess the risk potential for external or internal criminal actions
  • Determine the precise insurance coverage you need for your business
  • Click here to download the Crime/Dishonesty application.

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Typical Fidelity/Crime Insurance coverage highlights include:

Posted by BFBOND on February 13, 2014
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Typical Fidelity/Crime Insurance coverage highlights include:

Comprehensive coverage for:

  • Employee theft
  • Money and securities while on premises or in transit
  • Forgery
  • Funds transfer fraud
  • Computer fraud
  • Money order and counterfeit currency fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Optional client coverage
  • Coverage for investigative costs for covered losses
  • Responds to Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) plan bonding requirement.
  • Broad definition of employee, including directors and officers; employees, including part-time, leased, temporary, and seasonal employees; and volunteers.
  • Worldwide coverage.

Complete the EZ application for a quick quote

 

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Why do I need Fidelity/Crime Insurance?

Posted by BFBOND on February 13, 2014
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Fraud and embezzlement in the workplace is on the rise, occurring in even the best work environments.

  • 82% of workplace crime is carried out by employees
  • 1 in 4 employees has either committed or witnessed workplace fraud and abuse
  • 1 in 4 employees committing fraud against their employer has been with the company for more than 10 years
  • Only 1 in 3 of those who have witnessed a workplace crime bother to report it

These Crimes can go on for years, and when discovered the impact can be huge. Smaller companies are especially vulnerable to Fidelity crimes because the trust factor is increased due to the closeness of the employees.

Most business insurance policies either exclude or provide only nominal amounts of coverage for loss of money and securities as well as employee dishonesty exposures.

Employee dishonesty causes as much as 20% of the nation’s business failures.

White collar crime can have serious financial consequences, even threatening a private company’s survival. Bernard Fleischer & Sons, Inc offers a solution to handling crime losses committed by employees, through Crime  Insurance Policy. Please go to our online  to get a free no obligation Fidelity/Crime Insurance quote.

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Overview of crime coverages

Posted by BFBOND on February 13, 2014
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Today’s business environment is constantly evolving, and executive liability and crime exposures are rapidly changing
right along with it. Making sure your client’s insurance coverage is keeping pace is now even easier with the new
enhancements:
Multitude of coverages to suit every need
Below are some of the highlights of coverages
Loss from forgery or alteration of covered

instruments (including business credit card
instruments)
• Loss of money, securities and other property
on your premises or banking premises
• Loss of money, securities and other property
while in transit
• Loss from acceptance of unpaid money orders
and counterfeit money (including coins and
travelers checks)
• Loss from computer crime (including computer

Fidelity
Includes coverage for employee theft, ERISA fidelity and
employee theft of client property for direct loss of, or
direct loss from damage to money, securities and other
property.
Claim example:
An employee leveraged her role as
executive director to procure payment to fraudulent
vendors and to procure gift cards and other goods for
personal benefit.
Forgery or Alteration
Includes coverage for loss sustained through forgery or
alteration of outgoing negotiable instruments made or
drawn by you, or drawn on your account(s), or made or
drawn by one acting as your agent.
Claim example:
A signature of another person was
fraudulently signed on a check and cashed at the
insured’s bank . An affidavit
of forgery was executed claiming that the person’s
signature that appears on the check was not placed on
the check by that person.
On Premises
Includes coverage for direct loss from damage, money or
securities located inside the premises directly caused by
theft, robbery or safe burglary.
Claim example:
Rent checks from eight different
residents were stolen from inside the insured’s
premises. Loss was discovered after notices were sent
out to residents advising that payments were overdue
and one of the residents advised that his check had
already been cashed.
In Transit
Includes coverage for direct loss of money or securities
directly caused by theft, disappearance, damage or
destruction while in transit outside the insured’s
premises and in the care and custody of a messenger or
armored vehicle company.
Claim example:
A company lost money was stolen from its messenger’s
truck while in transit.
Money Orders and Counterfeit Money
Includes coverage for direct loss caused by the insured’s
good faith acceptance of worthless money orders or
counterfeit money.
Claim example:
A company received a counterfeit
cashier’s check for payment of delivered equipment.

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Surety Bonds

Posted by BFBOND on February 28, 2012
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Surety Bonds
We offer a variety of surety bonds to our commercial customers, including:

  • Contract/construction surety – These include performance or payment bonds, which are required of contractors performing any project funded by federal, state or municipal entities.

  • Commercial surety – Examples of commercial surety are license, permit, probate or court bonds, which may be required if you operate under local, state or federal license.
  • Fidelity bonds – These protect employers against acts of employee dishonesty, and provide coverage above and beyond the limits of most package products. We also offer a commercial crime bond, which covers losses from burglary, robbery and depositor’s forgery

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