We just had an internal embezzlement at our institution and management turned the investigation over to our local CPA firm. Many times, I felt the person hadn’t done very many investigations. Should we have asked any special questions before we retained them?
One of our branches is staffed with only three people. Our internal auditor makes it four on the days she works out of that office. Because of the low staffing (sometimes there may be only two due to illness or vacation), there is a mag lock installed on the door, where the employees can allow known customers entry. The internal auditor is now inquiring as to whether the other branches should have a policy in place in the event they are understaffed, as well. Hardly ever do we fall into a situation where another branch would fall below three people on the line, should we have a policy?"
Who should investigate an internal fraud inside our bank human resources, internal audit or the security officer?
At a recent program you were discussing lifelines to staff to report internal fraud or fraud in general. Can you elaborate on this discussion?
"I'm not sure how this originated at my institution, but we close our safe deposit vault at 4:50 p.m. every night. Recently, a customer came in after the vault had been closed, to get in the safe deposit box before 5:00, and was told the vault had been closed. He stated that this policy should be posted. My question is, is it a requirement or a best practice that vaults should be closed well before 5:00 p.m. (or closing) from a security standpoint?"