The Shulman Center

Terrence Shulman
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Terry Shulman

December 2009 Monthly e-Newsletter
"End of The Year Musings"
Terrence Daryl Shulman


Mark your calendars! Airing December 3rd: Mr. Shulman will be a featured guest expert on compulsive
shoplifting and stealing on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's "Doc-Zone" series. Check listings
for times/channels.

New Years group telephone therapy sessions for persons struggling with compulsive theft and/or spending
starts in January! Relapses frequently occur just before, during, or after the holiday season! Get a jump on
creating a solid foundation for the new year. Individual phone counseling tune-ups are available as well.
Contact Terrence Shulman 248-358-8508 or by e-mail at: for
more information.

Therapist Telephone Training on compulsive theft and spending begins in January! Please contact Terrence
Shulman at or 248-358-8508 for more information. Be on the
cutting edge of these newer and exciting fields of treatment. Led by Mr. Shulman, learn how to assess and
treat clients who suffer from compulsive theft and/or spending.

Check out our newly update blog at



For those of you who have been following the lawsuit we've been embroiled in over the last year, well, we
have agreed to settle the case. The details are technically "confidential" but as of February 1, 2010 we will
no longer be using the domain name but, instead, will be using the websites & After February 1, 2010, anyone who goes to will go to a redirect page with links to several websites.

We would suggest that anyone using the group name Shoplifters Anonymous or SA consider changing those names to Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous or CASA as we fought for and won the right to continue using that name and acronym which we've used since 1992.

We wish
to thank all of you for your support.

Please note: A press release also will soon be made available with the following wording:

The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention ("NASP") and Terrence Daryl Shulman are pleased to
announce the amicable resolution of their trademark and copyright infringement dispute. The terms and
conditions of the settlement are confidential.  As part of the settlement, the parties agreed to respect the
copyrights and trademarks of NASP going forward and to work separately toward the common goal of
heightening public awareness about shoplifting and help anyone struggling with a shoplifting issue find the
help, support and counseling they need to successfully address their shoplifting problem or addiction.  This amicable resolution will help focus attention and resources on this serious issue and alleviate any confusion
that might have existed regarding the parties.

Mr. Shulman is a therapist, author, lawyer and addiction counselor and will continue his work as the founder
and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft and Spending through his website at  Under the auspices of a new Michigan-based company called Cleptomaniacs
and Shoplifters Anonymous LLC ("CASA LLC"), the CASA self-help groups that Mr. Shulman started in 1992 as part of his own recovery will continue at the website

The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), founded in 1977 as Shoplifters Anonymous, Inc. and operating since 1989 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, will continue its mission to raise public
awareness about the harmful effects of shoplifting on youth, families and communities, unite public opinion
toward constructive solutions, deliver needed programs and services and engage community action in
prevention efforts under its Shoplifters Anonymous, Shoplifters Alternative, Y.E.S. Program, and NASP


Black Friday Report!

The retail federation said 195 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the weekend, up from 172
million last year, based on a survey of almost 5,000 consumers by BIGresearch. On average, consumers
spent $343.31 per person vs. $372.57 a year ago, the survey said.

Although the weekend proved that shoppers were willing to spend on bargains, it might not reveal much
about the rest of the holiday shopping season. Last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving — the
traditional start of the holiday shopping season — was strong and then momentum took a dive. This year,
analysts expect retailers to offer continued and varied deals. "Consumers are focused on the most
discounted items, and we expect that to continue," says Sapna Shah, of consulting firm Retail Eye
Partners. Retailers will "add more promotions and mix it up," she says.

Department stores have hit a winning combination of low prices and good quality, NRF CEO Tracy Mullin
says. "Last year, people were turned around by the economy and (crowds) died down quickly," says Tom
Aiello, Sears spokesman. "This year, people are spending more time in the stores and fanning out to other

Leandra Norris, 24, a receptionist from Phoenix, cashed in. She spent $350 on nine bags of goods,
mostly filled with toys and clothing for her children, ages 2 and 4. But she also made unplanned purchases
for herself because clothes were "dirt cheap."

Retailers got another look at the holiday season today with Cyber Monday, the official start of the
online holiday season. Almost 97 million people are expected to shop online today vs. 85 million last year,
according to a survey for by BIGresearch. Almost $10.6 billion was spent online in November
through Friday, a 3% increase vs. the same time last year, says researcher ComScore.

Despite a solid weekend, the NRF still predicts that holiday sales will be down 1% from last year.


Recession fuels UK Shoplifting

Shoplifting has surged to record levels in the UK, fueled by the recession, according to a new study.

The value of goods stolen this year rose 20% to June, the Centre for Retail Research said.

The UK had the highest amount of goods shoplifting in Europe, ranking third overall behind the U.S. and

Checkpoint systems, which commissioned the report, said there had been a rise in "middle-class"
shoplifters. It said more people were now stealing goods to maintain their standard of living rather than
to sell them.

The survey also noted that organized shoplifting rings were increasing as well as employee theft.


Nicolas Cage's Decades-Long Outrageous Spending Spree

by Lindsay Robertson
· November 4, 2009

An article in The Daily Beast says that Nicolas Cage's recent financial problems are, at least in part, due to outrageous,
eccentric spending that puts even his most flamboyant fellow celebrities to shame.

If you can dream it, Nic Cage bought it: yachts, a jet, a castle, over 50 cars, over a million dollars' worth of
comic books, multiple (supposedly haunted) mansions in New Orleans, two Bahamanian islands, shrunken
heads that may or may not have been human, and, famously, a $500k Lamborghini once owned by the Shah
of Iran. Most amusingly, Cage spent $276,000 on a dinosaur skull in a "heated auction with Leonardo DiCaprio."

And though the article has details about Cage's many pets -- claiming that he kept antidote serum on his wall
for the poison of his two King Cobras -- it neglects to mention at least one: Cage's
pet octopus.

Cage's lawyer, Martin Singer, told The Daily Beast "Half the stuff you say is false. I'm not going to get into
detail," so we may never know which half is true.

Cage made headlines last month when he filed a $20 million lawsuit against his former business manager.
The suit claims the manager, Samuel Levin, failed to pay taxes and lost money in unsound investments,
putting him "down a path toward financial ruin." This summer, the IRS placed a tax lien of over $6 million on
Cage's New Orleans properties for unpaid income taxes.

Still, it's hard not to look at Cage's extreme-by-any-standards spending habits and not draw conclusions
about his current money woes. For example, did he really need to customize a Bentley so elaborately that,
when he got it back from the shop, he could no longer fit in it?

However lavishly Cage spent on himself, he's also been a very generous guy. The article reports that the
actor gave $1 million to the Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, and $2 million to the human-rights
group Amnesty International.

Comment: Mr. Cage may be the Winona Ryder poster child for overshopping instead of shoplifting.


As economy falters, employee theft on the rise

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

Robert Frimet is a self-proclaimed fraud expert, a businessman who audits other companies' books,
gives lectures on recognizing employee theft, and sits as a civilian member on the
Nevada Fight Fraud Task Force.

Yet without a shred of embarrassment, Frimet admits he's caught his own employees embezzling,
sometimes long after the thieving began. It just goes to show, Frimet figures, how prevalent the problem
is — particularly now.

As the economy has fallen, embezzlement and employee theft have increased, according to some
experts, who suggest the rise is a reflection of fiscal strain and low morale. People not getting raises,
Frimet said, are starting to take them.

" 'Tis the season to steal," he said.

In the past 18 months Frimet has seen a 25 percent increase in clients asking him to investigate
employee embezzlement. Metro Police detectives in the department's fraud detail are also seeing an
uptick in cases, but don't necessarily see it as an indication the crime is on the rise.

"When times are good, people tend to overlook things," he said. "Now that everything is coming down
to the penny, employers are starting to notice."

Tough to quantify

It's hard to know which theory is correct. There's no single national organization that tracks employee
embezzlement and fraud specifically, or in much detail. There are, however, regular surveys of business
owners and corporations, statistics on related crimes and anecdotal evidence from business owners
across the board.

Nationally, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that American businesses lose
7 percent of their annual revenue to internal fraud, a percentage that pencils out to hundreds of billions
of dollars a year. Small businesses are especially vulnerable, as fewer employees mean fewer eyes
on the books tracking how money comes in and goes out. And business owners have indicated in
recent national surveys that they expect fraud will increase.

Still, employers are often hesitant to press charges, said David Hannuksela, an accountant and Las
Vegas chapter president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

"For one thing, they're embarrassed they just got zapped, and they don't want to advertise the fact,"
he said. For another, the most successful fraudsters are often considered star employees, until they
get caught.

Seniority a factor

This is because the worst perpetrators are generally the most trusted employees — people with
access to pre-signed checks, credit cards and internal fiscal information. Employees who do the
most monetary damage, it turns out, aren't cashiers manning tills or store managers with nightly
deposits, but educated men in senior positions with spotless records — criminal corporate Americans,
hiding in a sea of suits.

And because they're under pressure to keep their fraud under wraps, the most successful perpetrators
seldom take sick days or vacation days. They don't ask for help, they work after hours and don't mind
taking work home — stellar employees or scam artists.

Studies show direct correlations between employees' seniority, their education and their age —
the greater any of those factors, the more money they steal, on average.

"The little old grandmother whose been there for 20 years, never takes a day off, works all the time,"
Hannuksela said. "That's the one that rips you off."

Any increase in employer fraud is probably a combination of both economic factors: desperate
employees and more critical employers, said Hannuksela, who also teaches fraud examination to
accounting students at UNLV. Across the country, he said, forensic accountants are growing in
numbers, a supply of specialists some observers note exists because of growing demand.

At the banks, grocery stores, pawn shops, casinos and check cashing companies that Frimet works
with, check fraud is the most common scheme. This usually means stealing, forging or counterfeiting
checks. Sometimes people will get relatives to pose as checks' intended recipients, and then send
them into casinos or check cashing companies — like the one Frimet runs where he's caught
employees stealing — to attempt to trade the bogus paper for cash. It's a crime that generally tends
to be seasonal, peaking when "people need to go Christmas shopping and don't have the cash flow."

"But the economy has changed the landscape, and employee embezzlement is on the rise," he said.

Personal reasons

Resentment can fuel the theft, some studies suggest. Employees who don't feel recognized or
appreciated are more inclined, rationalizing that they're owed the money or deserve a reward. At the
same time, there's depersonalization, employees who believe they're stealing from the company, not
the people who run it.

These justifications get a lot easier, Frimet said, when raises are reduced or denied, and bank
accounts dwindle.

Things also get easier when companies, looking to reduce costs, eliminate positions and therefore,
oversight. It's exactly when businesses are spread most thin, he said, that they need to hire someone
to put a second set of eyes on the operation.

"It comes down to never trusting anyone," he said, "including trusted employees."


Compulsive Theft & Spending in The News! November/December 2009:

November 3,10, and 24--Mr. Shulman was as a guest expert on Women's Entertainment TV's "Secret
Lives of Women" episode about compulsive shopping/spending.

November 12--Mr. Shulman was as a guest expert on compulsive shopping on HLN's "The Joy Behar

November--Mr. Shulman wrote an article on compulsive shopping and spending in Paradigm Magazine
published in association with Proctor Hospital and The Illinois Institute for Addiction and Recovery. See

November--Mr. Shulman was interviewed for an article about shoplifting in The Kansas City Star.

November--Mr. Shulman was interviewed in San Francisco's (X)Press Magazine about compulsive
shopping and spending to appear in December.

November--Mr. Shulman appeared in The University of Michigan School of Social Work's Ongoing
Magazine Summer/Fall 2009 issue. 

November--Mr.Shulman was contacted by The Rachel Ray Show and Good Morning America for
possiblesegments in December on shoplifting addiction.

December 3--Mr. Shulman will be featured on Canadian Broadcast Corporation's "Doc-Zone" series
about compulsive shoplifting and stealing.

December--Mr. Shulman will have an article in the Jack Hayes, International Loss Prevention quarterly
newsletter. See

Beyond December...

January 19--Mr. Shulman will be interviewed on an Internet radio station devoted to parenting issues.

Mr. Shulman submitted a chapter on employee theft for a U.K. book entitled "Risky Business" to be
released in early 2010.

Mr. Shulman created an online continuing education course on compulsive shopping and spending
called "Bought Out and $pent!" based on his book and Power Point presentation. The course is
offered through The American Psychotherapy Association and is available for purchase by APA
members and non-members and CEs are available. See

Mr. Shulman created an online education course called "Creating an Honest and Theft-Free
Workplace" based on his book and Power Point presentation through 360 Training Services. CEs
are available. See

Mr. Shulman is assisting with a CNN TV news story about compulsive shopping/spending in today's

Mr. Shulman will be featured in a segment on shoplifting addiction in the MSNBC series "Theft in
America" to air in late 2009/early 2010.

Mr. Shulman is consulting on the development of a major motion picture tentatively called "The Rush"
in which the lead character is addicted to shoplifting and stealing.

Mr. Shulman continues to assist the Kingman, Arizona court system with his court-ordered homestudy
program for retail fraud offenders. The program is based on material from his book "Something for
Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (2003).

Mr. Shulman is consulting with an author who is writing a novel about two kleptomaniacs who fall
in love with each other.

Contact The Shulman Center

Terrence Shulman
P.O. Box 250008
Franklin, Michigan 48025


Call (248) 358-8508 for free consulation!

Related sites by Terrence Shulman:


Something For Nothing
Biting The Hand That Feeds
Bought Out and $pent

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