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June 12, 2008 -

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By Amy Rauch Neilson

Ira Smilovitz, treasurer of the Paramus, New Jersey-based Lakshmi Investments, LLC since 1999, tells the story about the members of an investment club who implicitly trusted their treasurer. In fact, they had such faith in their treasurer that they didn’t take a close look at their club’s records for a decade. You read that right – ten years! At which time, Ira received a call from one of the members with a request: the club was having trouble reconciling its records and needed help… fast.

Ira responded to the club’s SOS and was taken aback by what he found as he made his way through a decade of the club’s transactions. The records had been kept as a combination of a notebook filled with handwritten notes and software entries. The treasurer had recorded credit for each member’s monthly dues – whether or not the member had actually made a contribution – and some of the deposits were made in cash, rather than by check.

As if that weren’t enough, after completing the task of reconciling a decade’s worth of records, Ira found that the club’s books showed a $3,000 discrepancy with the bank – the club thought it had three grand more than the bank’s records showed. Further review revealed every club’s worst nightmare. “It turned out that the club’s treasurer had embezzled some of the club’s money,” Ira says. “There were no records for the withdrawals and, when confronted, the club treasurer admitted to ‘borrowing’ the money, but insisted that it had been paid back. Yet, there weren’t any records that the money had ever been returned.”

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June 12, 2008

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