In the past few days, police appear to have cracked a few fraud cases.
Although the accused haven’t yet had their day in court, and are presumed innocent, the details of the allegations are troubling.
In one case, a man is accused of skimming a small amount of money from the till at his workplace.
In another, a woman is accused of cashing a duplicate cheque at her own workplace and pocketing the proceeds.
Presumably, they are both now looking for new jobs.
And in the most recent case, which you can read about in today’s paper, another woman is accused of depositing empty envelopes into an ATM and then withdrawing cash.
Overall, police statistics show that these types of frauds and thefts are on the decline over the past couple of decades. With computer accounting and payment software so widespread, it’s not just difficult to get away with these crimes, it’s difficult to have the opportunity to commit them.
But whether people are driven by desperation, or opportunism, or simple miscreancy, there will always be those who try to pocket things that don’t belong to them.
It’s nice to know that police are solving these cases — and that there are fewer of them.