Misappropriation of cash is one of the common fraud reported in the corporate world.
In Nov 2010, it is reported that Malaysian unit sufferred a loss of RM 1.5million (approximately S$622k) due to the issuance of unauthorised cheque. It's not clear how this had occurred.
In general, one of the possibilities a cash fraud could occur is when certain individual forge the authorised signatories on the cheque. By forging the authorized signatories, the individual is able to direct the fund to his / her bank accounts. How can the internal controls of the Company helps to minimize the risk of cash fraud then?
Possible solutions are:
- to set dual authorized signatories requirement for the Company's cheque facilities
- existence of proper segregation of duties between cheque book-keeper, preparer of cheque, review of cheque amount, approver of cheque
- cash book review be performed by appropriate senior finance personnel
- review the cash movement by bank account on a monthly basis
The existence of above controls and/or procedures can help to mitigate the risk of cash fraud.