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How Did This Bookkeeper Steal a Ton of Money from an Indiana Small Business?

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An Indiana bookkeeper was charged recently with stealing $1.8 million from her employer. That’s a lot of money.

Over the course of four and a half years, according to this press release from the Department of Justice, Julie Ann Ashman allegedly was able to siphon money from the accounts of a small business that repaired and refurbished X-ray medical equipment to her own personal bank account. She did this by cutting checks to herself and then understating the company’s revenues to cover up the missing cash. What’s really disturbing is the frequency. According to the DOJ, Ashman was “reimbursing” herself for anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 up to 15 times a month! In total, it was found that she wrote 436 company checks to herself for a total of $1,805,015.12.

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Would Your Employees Open This Fake, Malware-Filled Email?

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By now, you’re familiar with the giant ransomware attacks that have been hammering companies around the world and caused countless interruptions in business and services, including a shutdown of the U.K.’s national health system.

If not, a quick ransomware recap: it’s a malware program. When just one computer or device — Apple and Microsoft operating systems included — in your company is infected, the malware spreads and locks up all files across your network. To unlock the files, you need a special “key.” The key can only be obtained by paying the perpetrators a “ransom” — usually in bitcoin or some other untraceable digital currency. If you don’t pay within a few days, your files disappear. It’s become a billion-dollar industry for the hacking community, with some even setting up customer service lines to assist victims with paying the ransom and unlocking their files. I kid you not.

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Mr. Rogers’ Words Of Kindness Are Still Important Today

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” — Fred Rogers

Anthony Breznican is a grown man and a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. Following the recent tragic events in Manchester, England, Breznican remembered the words above, which were said by the beloved children’s TV show host. But he also recalled a much more important story about how Fred Rogers helped him through a personal low point in his life.

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CEOs Are Ultimately To Blame For Harassment At The Office

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Gretchen Carlson is no stranger to sexual harassment. A former Miss USA and accomplished violinist, Carlson documented in her 2015 book, “Getting Real,” of her struggles to rise from a local reporter to a national correspondent on Fox News in a male-dominated media world. Last year, she made headlines when she accused Fox’s former CEO, the recently deceased Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment. She ultimately settled with the company and is now devoting herself to writing and speaking about women’s causes.

Her latest message: If you think you may be a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, your human resources department may not be the best place for you to go.

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Your Company’s Tech Support Might Not Be As Trustworthy As You Thought

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Everyone’s got an IT guy. He’s the geek in the office — or maybe he’s part of a team of geeks if your company is of a certain size. Otherwise, he’s either your one full-time technical person, or he works for an IT firm that you have under contract. And, sorry ladies, but despite the tireless efforts to get more women working in technology, it’s more likely than not that in 2017 your IT support person will still be a dude.

You trust your IT guy, don’t you? He’s the person you go to when a printer or device breaks. You involve him in all decisions you make regarding technology. You ask him for recommendations when you’re looking for a new application for your business. You rely on him to make sure all your systems are updated and current so that your network is protected against viruses and malware. You bounce ideas off him when it’s related to tech. He fills a role in your company that no one else really fully understands — and seems wise in the dark magic of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Dell, Lenovo and other tech firms. This is his terrain, and you pay him a wage, an hourly rate or a monthly support fee to be your company’s representative in this dark, mysterious world.

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Ryan Seacrest’s Busy Schedule Will Make You Think He’s a Superhero

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There’s busy. There’s super-busy. And then there’s Ryan Seacrest.

It was recently announced that Seacrest will join ABC’s “Live” morning TV show as an executive producer and co-host along with Kelly Ripa and that he is in talks to host the newAmerican Idol on ABC. These are smart moves. Seacrest is a pro — beloved, personable, funny, genuine — a true crowd pleaser. But many are wondering just how he can add these duties to his already packed schedule. And believe me, it’s really packed.

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These British Insults Won’t Work Very Well Against Your American Business Rivals

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When British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a general election recently, who knew the political discourse in Britain would turn so negative and so quickly? But it did. The two candidates — May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn — are in a heated, bitter battle for the hearts and souls of the British people with many important issues (Brexit being the biggest one) at stake. The candidates’ teammates and supporters are doing what they can to undermine their competitors.

So much so that in a column for the Sun, current Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that Corbyn is an enormous threat to the country and…hold on to your hats, everyone…referred to the current leader of the Labour Party as a “mutton-headed old mugwump” and “an essentially benign Islingtonian herbivore.”

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