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Employee Theft Statistics

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Employee Theft StatisticsData
Amount stolen annually from U.S. businesses by employees$50,000,000,000
Percent of annual revenues lost to theft or fraud7 %
Percent of employees who have stolen at least once from their employer75 %
Percent of employees who have stolen at least twice from their employer37.5 %
Percent of all business bankruptcies caused by employee theft33 %
Amounts StolenPercent
$1,000,000 and up25.3 %
$500,000 – $999,9999.6 %
$100,000 – $499,99928.2 %
$10,000 – $49,99916.8 %
$1,000 – $9,9997 %
$1,000 or less1.9 %
Median Amount Stolen$175,000
Demographics 
Men59.1 %
Women40.9 %
High School Degree34 %
Some College21 %
Bachelor’s Degree34 %
Postgraduate Degree11 %
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Reported Fraud StatisticsPercent
Tip from employee26.3 %
Accidental discovery18.8 %
Internal audit18.8 %
Internal controls15.4 %
External audit11.8 %
Tip from customer8.8 %
Anonymous tip6.2 %
Tip from vendor5.1 %
Notification from law enforcement1.7 %
Other Employee Theft Statistics 
Percent of total thefts committed by a manager37.1 %
Percent of total thefts by an employee who had ideas stolen at work29 %
Average time office fraud lasts before detected2 years
Retail employees arrested for workplace theft1 in 30
Sources of Inventory Shrinkage in RetailPercent
Employee Theft42.7 %
Shoplifting35.6 %
Administrative Error15.4 %
Vendor Fraud3.7 %
Unknown3.9 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Easy Small Business HR, Institute for Corporate Productivity, Jack L. Hayes International, Inc.
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: April 1, 2017

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