You shall not steal (Ex 20.15; Deut 5.19; Mt 19.18, NAB).
The 8th Commandment
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Ex 20.16; Deut 5.20, NAB). You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8.32).
Not returning goods that were loaned to us; Not returning goods that were lost when you could discover the owner; Any form of business fraud; Not paying just wages, or withholding benefits; Not paying taxes or social security contributions; Forcing up prices by taking advantage of ignorance or hardship; Artificially manipulating the price of goods; Any form of corruption or bribery; Misusing company property; Excessive business expenses and waste; Poor workmanship; Forging checks and invoices; and Vandalizing property.
David Callahan, Ph.D. in his 2004 book, The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead (see his web site: www.cheatingculture.com) explores many of the sociological impetuses behind the American culture of cheating. In nauseous detail, Dr. Callahan documents case after case after case of dishonest, unethical, hypocritical, immoral, and oftentimes illegal behavior in the legal profession (no surprise there), the judiciary, the government, in politics, in medicine, in business (no surprise there either), in accounting, in financial services, in sports, in journalism, and in academia (from preschool through graduate school). He also cites numerous examples of tax evasion at all economic levels, electronic piracy over the internet, and wealthy individuals who exploit the system at the expense of the poor and middle class.
More than any one thing, the love of money seems to be the one common denominator to our cheating culture in America. Dr. Callahan makes a convincing argument that unless our American society reforms itself, our country may eventually end up like Brazil with pervasive corruption in every corner of society. He also offers many suggestions about how our society can transform to become more honest and ethical, but none so poignant as, “be a chump, and don’t be afraid to be a pain-in-the-ass!” In other words, be honest and ethical in everything you personally do regardless of the personal cost or what everyone else is doing. And at the same time, don’t be afraid to expose dishonest and unethical behavior whenever you encounter it. My dad once told me even more eloquently, "Our famility doesn't eat sh*t, and we don't drink the kool-aid!"