Dental Embezzlement News
Issue #12 -- June 2013
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Upcoming Presentations
Here are some of the places you can hear us speak soon.
Speaking and Consulting Network, Loveland CO June 8, 2013
Savannah Dental Society, Savannah GA Sept 20, 2013
Nassau County Dental Society, Long Island NY Oct 25, 2013
Arizona Orthodontists Study Club Jan 13, 2014
Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, Atlanta GA March 27, 2014
Star Of The North meeting, St. Paul MN April 2014
Western Regional Dental Convention, Phoenix AZ April 3-5, 2014
To book a fantastic speaker for your meeting, please call us at 888-398-2327 or send email to
Read about us...
David Harris interviewed by here.
See Dr. Mike DiTolla's interview with Prosperident CEO David Harris in Glidewell Labs' Chairside Magazine
Embezzlement -- it can happen in your practice

Updated Embezzlement Risk Assessment Questionnaire
An ADA study released in 2008 showed that only 1/3 of embezzlement was uncovered by financial inconsistencies, with the remaining 2/3 of embezzlement given away by culprits' behavior.
Prosperident's most requested document is our Embezzlement Risk Assessment Questionnaire, (ERAQ) which is offered free of charge to dentists.
The ERAQ will take no more than ten minutes to complete.  It is a scored questionnaire designed to help dentists collect and classify staff behaviors consistent with embezzlement.
Prosperident COO Bill Hiltz says that "the ERAQ should be the primary tool in every dentist's anti-embezzlement kit".
The ERAQ is reviewed and updated at least twice annually by Prosperident based on knowledge acquired in the embezzlement investigations it carries out.  The questionnaire was updated in May 2013.
If you would like the most up-to-date version of the Embezzlement Risk Assessment Questionnaire, you can ask for it here.
If you think you might be a victim, you can call us at 888-398-2327 , or send email to our embezzlement hotline (checked daily by our on-duty investigator at ).  We will normally respond within 24 hours.
  • Upcoming presentations
  • Updated embezzlement risk assessment questionnaire
  • Our newest graduate
  • A note from our CEO
Our Newest Graduate...
Prosperident's CEO David Harris was recently awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.  The CFE is the "gold standard" for fraud investigators, and covers such areas as fraud methodologies, investigative techniques, computer forensics and expert witness training.  Several members of Prosperident's investigative team have completed or are currently working towards their CFE designations.
David offered the following comments on the CFE program:
"It is an excellent training vehicle for an investigator.  I was pleased to see how much of what was taught in this program had already been incorporated into Prosperident's body of knowledge."
A Note From Our CEO:
With Memorial Day behind us and the school year almost over, many of us are turning our attention to what's really important in life.  Things like going to the beach, corn boils and picnics (and probably, for some of us, the NBA playoffs) start to assume more importance for us at this time of the year than our offices.  And that's exactly how it should be.
But ... (you just knew that there was a "but" coming, didn't you?)... embezzlers don't stop stealing in summer. 
I was recently writing an article where I expressed the motivations of embezzlers a bit differently than I have in the past.  I said that embezzlers in dental offices possessed either "a financial or emotional deficit".  The meaning of the financial one is obvious; this is the "needy" thief who is stealing to stave off impending catastrophe. 
The emotionally deficient thief is a bit more complicated -- these are people who feel under-rewarded by society (and more specifically by you, their employer) and are determined to rectify the inequity.  Some behaviorists have theorized that one of the ways that they can prove themselves to be your intellectual peer is by successfully stealing from you.  In any case, their thefts are ego-based rather than financially driven.
Before I get too firmly glued to my soapbox, my point is really this -- in the case of the needy thieves, their needs continue (and sometimes even increase) over the summer.  The greedy thieves are quick to exploit weaknesses, and what better time to steal than summer, when everyone else's focus shifts away from the office?  Embezzlement doesn't take a vacation!
If you haven't done our Embezzlement Risk Assessment Questionnaire in a while, now is a great time to pull out a fresh one and fill it out.  It will take less than ten minutes, and as I am fond of saying, could save you a bundle.
Thanks as always for reading.  Have a great weekend and a wonderful summer!


David Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Prosperident -- The world's largest dental investigation embezzlement firm