Accounting Discussion

According to a recent article from Forbes, retail operations in the United States are experiencing over $60 billion a year in losses primarily due to employee theft. Imagine you have been hired as a loss prevention specialist for a large retail chain and your first assignment is to identify and address the current problems with inventory shrinkage. Select and discuss one of the following internal controls below you would implement to help prevent future employee fraud/theft? Be sure to provide your rationale.
  • Option A: More stringent background screenings for new hires (i.e. reference checks, criminal record checks, credit record checks)
  • Option B: Tighter security controls (i.e. video surveillance, random inventory/cash audits, computer system audits, segregation of duties)

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