Bernadette L. Harris


About Bernadette L. Harris

Bernadette L. Harris is a Tax and Forensic Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, keynote speaker, and #1 best-selling author who has helped hundreds of business owners put systems in place to protect their businesses and prepare for growth. She speaks to audiences across the country about entrepreneurship and fraud prevention.


A trusted assistant steals over $365,000 from a non-profit organization

In another chapter of my book Did You Hire a Fraud?, I shared a story of how a loved and trusted assistant took her boss for granted.  He trusted her (too much) and allowed her to pay bills with checks he signed in advance. She took his trust for granted […]


Crafty Couple Steals $673,000 from a Church

As you know, I wrote a book called, Did You Hire a Fraud? In this book, I shared lots of true stories.  Another story that I share in the book is about a couple who emptied a church’s endowment fund to the tune of $673,000. Churches tend to be trusting […]


Bookkeeper steals $325,000 from small business owner

In 2006, Tim Fruehe, owner of a successful family-owned t-shirt company called Simply Smashing, Inc., in Oakhurst, CA, hired Sue Tashima as his bookkeeper. He said he hired her because of her 20 years of experience, seemingly spotless record, and her charming personality. She was loved by everyone and, as […]