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Max Morgan always thought employee theft was something that happened to others - until it happened to him.

Max Morgan, owner of Morgan's Furniture Gallery, was stunned. Three of his most expensive bedroom sets, two entertainment centers and three sofas were missing from his warehouse. He double-checked his computer and physical inventories. This was no mistake. It had to be employee theft. The only people who had access to the warehouse were Morgan's employees.

Max Morgan never had an employee theft problem in his company before. He called the police. A uniformed officer promptly arrived and took a report. The next day, a detective showed up and interviewed Max. The detective told him they had run criminal record checks on all his employees, but none had criminal records. The detective explained that since there was no physical evidence and no witnesses to interview, there was little the police could do. He went on to explain that police were not eager to investigate employee theft cases because when police did catch the perpetrators, their employers usually decided not to prosecute. This made police feel they had wasted their time. The detective said their first priority was

Prevent Employee Theft by James W. Bassett investigating crimes against persons. He also said "The truth is that we don't have enough manpower. Property crimes like yours usually get moved to the back burner."

Max decided to go a different route and have all his employees take polygraph examinations. He

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The more questions Max asked, the more confusing the polygraph examiner's answers became - and the more frustrated Max became. Max thanked the polygraph examiner and hung up.

Max decided to try an internet search using the search term "Solve Employee Theft." The first three search results all referred him to the same web site and the same investigator. Max went to the website and studied it carefully. He believed he might have found the solution to his problem. And it was entirely legal.

According to the website, Max would order theft investigation questionnaires (written interviews) for each of his warehouse employees. He would administer the questionnaires like tests to his

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