If you have funds or property that can’t be accounted for, it’s time to investigate what happened. You’ll want to make sure that you know 1) you want to make sure that embezzlement actually occurred, and 2) who committed the theft. The investigation should begin as soon as possible. Delays can invite additional theft and make recovery of stolen property harder. Reports that in one study. Only 72% of organizations fired employees that stole from them, and 7% did nothing at all. There are a few reasons:.