THEFT Definition

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THEFT, as legally defined, encompasses a broad range of activities when one person uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of another persons property without the other persons consent. This definition is much broader than what most persons believe to be theft and can include writing bad checks, unauthorized use of a credit card, keeping found property without making a reasonable attempt to find its rightful owner, misusing trade secrets, unlawfully tapping into cable television services, wrongfully receiving public assistance, and removing serial numbers from movable property with the intent of concealing the identity of the true owner.

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INHERENT RISK, generally, it is the risk found in the environment and in human activities that is part of existence. In accounting, it is the susceptibility of an audit area to error which could be material, individually or in combination with other errors, assuming that there are no related internal controls.

SYSTEMATIC RISK is the risk that is common to all risky securities and cannot be eliminated through diversification. When using the capital asset pricing model, systematic risk is measured by beta.

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