See just how long a fake psychiatrist practiced before getting caught; read about the latest survey findings on dodgy resumes from recruitment company Robert Walters; meet Emma Elsworthy, part of our newly-formed Compliance and Quality Team; and read our UpClose article written by Emma, exploring the foundation of PeopleCheck and our experience with candidates who risk supplying a false qualification!....Read Full Article
This quarter's UpClose is an article written by one of our very own team members, Emma Elsworthy, as part of her studies and delves into the significance of background checking, particularly when it comes to verifications. It seems a resume with exaggerations is one of society's common serial offenders! The article features interviews with PeopleCheck staff members on the history of the company and the deception that verifications can reveal!...Read Full Article
FAKE PSYCHIATRIST NOW GUILTY OF FRAUD IN THE UK
An Australian who was previously convicted for falsely passing himself off as a psychiatrist in NSW has been found guilty of three counts of fraud in London....Read Full Article
JOBSEEKERS USING DODGY RESUMES
Glorifying job titles, exaggerated work experience and inflated salary information have become the weapons of choice for dodgy jobseekers...Read Full Article
Years ago when background checking was a fairly new concept in the Australian market, candidates seemed to believe that a simple lie on their CV was adequate to help their application along. This quarter's UpClose looks at the ends we now see candidates going to in order to legitimise CV fraud. Join us in exploring PeopleCheck's experience dealing with fake qualifications and lifestyle degrees issued by degree mills....Read Full Article
See how much a candidate could be exaggerating their employment history in our PeopleCheck case study; find out what sentence was handed down in a recent high profile fraud case; meet Stephanie Jamieson, our Business Support Assistant; and read our UpClose article exploring PeopleCheck experience with candidates who believe that lying about their qualifications is simply just not enough!...Read Full Article
FAKE PRINCE JOEL MOREHU-BARLOW SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS FOR THEFT OF $16M FROM QUEENSLAND HEALTH
A fake Tahitian prince has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for stealing $16.6 million from Queensland taxpayers to fund his extravagant lifestyle....Read Full Article
DISMISSAL FOR CRIMINAL CONVICTION OVERRULED
A Full Bench of the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission has upheld a decision to reinstate an employee, finding that his dissmissal for a docestic abuse related criminal conviction was an over-reaction on the part of the employer....Read Full Article
See how candidates with a criminal past can pose a risk to your organisation in our PeopleCheck case study; read about a case that involved an employee being reinstated after he was dismissed for his criminal record; meet baby Tahlia and our new PeopleCheck team members; and join us as we revisit National Police History Checks in our UpClose article!....Read Full Article
We revisit our most popular background check and covr some recent changes.
HIGH PROFILE FAKE CV CASE SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF REFERENCE CHECKING
Recruiting new staff is always a costly process - and a bad hiring decision can have a disastrous impact on a company....Read Full Article
See how a HR Validation identified an unusual reason for a candidate termination in our PeopleCheck case study; find out why fraud won't always turn up in a criminal history or litigation check for your candidates; meet Lauren Wilkinson, one of our Research Analysts and explore undertaking background checks on corporate entities in our UpClose article!....Read Full Article
Background checking on individuals is something that is becoming increasingly accepted, both in Australia and globally....Read Full Article
AUSSIE BUSINESSES SMASHED BY INSIDER FRAUD
Businesses across Australia are being defrauded hundreds of millions of dollars due to insider theft that experts and victims say is spiralling out of control...Read Full Article
Read our PeopleCheck case study on a very relevant criminal conviction being uncovered for a finance candidate, explore what the recent Yahoo CEO fake degree story reveals about CV fraudsters, meet Rachael O'Brien our Business Development and Accounts Analyst and take a look at the Aged Care background checking requirements in our UpClose article!...Read Full Article
Aged care is an industry constantly under scrutiny when it comes to background checks and some recent developments have seen a tightening of compliance requirements for these organisations. This quarter's UpClose examines these requirements: what are they, what options to aged care providers have and how can full, ongoing compliance be ensured?...Read Full Article
YAHOO CEO APOLOGISES FOR BOGUS COLLEGE DEGREE
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson says he is sorry for allowing an inaccuracy about his education to appear in his official bio, but not remorseful enough to heed calls for his resignation....Read Full Article
Take a look at a recent fake degree that PeopleCheck uncovered; hear about some startling statistics out of the PwC Global Economic Crime Survey; explore some of the ways that background checking can minimise the risks of fraud in our UpClose article; and meet Ellen, one of our Research Analysts with an international flavour! Read Full Article
Fraud is not something an organisation wants to be confronted with. The short and long-term ramifications of fraud occurring can be significant! This quarter's UpClose examines the connection between background checking and fraud: how background checking can help in minimising fraud risks and what every organisation needs to know, as well as looking at some recent case studies.... Read Full Article
INTERNAL FRAUD ON THE RISE: PWC
Australian organisations have been advised to take action to reduce the risk of internal fraud, as PwC research reveals that a growing number of economic crimes are inside jobs....Read Full Article
Confirming the work rights of candidates is a hot topic in the background checking industry in Australia at the moment, especially with recent warnings from DIAC on penalties that can be enforced on employers for non-compliance! This quarters Up Close examines PeopleChecks' Visa/Passport (Work Rights) Validation, some recent changes in methodology and how this applies to both Australian citizens and foreigners.
MISSING FUNDS COULD EXCEED $16MILLION
Premier Anna Bligh has conceded the amount missing from Queensland Health funds could exceed $16 million....Read Full Article
IMMIGRATION WARNS OF CRACKDOWN
Employers have been issued a stern warning from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship - severe penalties will be imposed for employing illegal workers....Read Full Article
Read our PeopleCheck case study on a candidate getting creative with their certificate of service, discover the win-win solution of our team handling your candidate liaison, meet Lisa King, our Team Leader - Operations and have your questions about preparing a background checking policy answered by our Up Close article!
As with any new procedure, background checking is best implemented with the support of a policy. At PeopleCheck, we often get approached with questions on what such a policy should cover. This quarter's Up Close provides guidelines on putting together a background checking policy - why having a policy is so important, when this should be written, what it should cover and how to communicate this effectively to those involved.
BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR WORKERS WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
The ACT Government has progressed new laws that will establish a comprehensive background checking system for persons working with children and vulnerable adults....Read Full Article
Discover how a woman can be suspected of stealing, without her charity employer knowing about her previous criminal convictions for theft; take a look at the document destruction options on offer to PeopleCheck clients; meet Karni Lang, our Team Leader - Research; and review our Up Close article featuring the increasingly important topic of international background checks!
It seems the world is becoming an smaller place and international background checks is the topic on the minds of many HR professionals. PeopleCheck has extensive experience in undertaking background checks in international locations and this quarter's Up Close examines how we go about servicing our clients' needs around the globe, the differences to checks in Australia and some key points to consider.
A special edition on National Criminal History Record Checks; the various types available and their use, a reminder about employer obligations when making a hiring decision based on criminal history information, an overview of CrimTrac and a recent case where an escaped murderer was found working at a QLD hospital!
Examines the use of Australian National Criminal History Record Checks (NCHRCs) as they apply to various roles. Our article outlines the various types and applications of NCHRCs from checks for general employment, to checks for vulnerable persons, to checks for ASIC and APRA compliance.
Read about a New Zealand case study involving a scientist with falsified qualifications and understand more about Financial Background Checks. Meet our Business Development and Accounts Manager and catch up with what has been happening in at PeopleCheck
Examines the background checks available in Australia that relate to a candidate’s financial stability and how these can be used in the background checking process.
Read about some PeopleCheck Porkies and understand more about our Work Rights check. Meet our Operations manager and catch up with what has been happening in the news.
PEOPLECHECK UP CLOSE - WORK RIGHTS
Find out more about PeopleCheck's Work Rights / Visa/Passport check. Read about how to ensure your candidates have the necessary rights to work in
A KILLER paramedic was offered a job and worked for St John Ambulance in Darwin after he murdered his wife by pushing her off a cliff....Read Full Article
On 26 August 2010, the Working With Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill 2010 was tabled by the ACT Government. This bill means that, for the first time,
MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING HUNDREDS OF FAKE EXAM CERTIFICATES
A man has been accused of selling hundreds of fake exam certificates from as little as £39.95 including top class masters degrees from Oxford University....Read Full Article
INVESTIGATION: COULD BACKGROUND CHECK HAVE PREVENTED ALLEGED RAPE?
A lack of screening of oil spill cleanup workers meant a sex offender got a job, and left him free to rape a colleague according to a Mississippi county sheriff....Read Full Article
Mexico's Public Duties Ministry (SFP) and Attorney General's Office had prosecuted 22 health officials for faking qualifications, the SFP said Wednesday in a statement....Read Full Article
CHECK HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BACKGROUND
Families need to know that the nurses they hire to care for their ill loved ones
FAKE PSYCHOLOGIST TO STAND TRIAL
A Melbourne man will stand trial after allegedly faking qualifications as a psychologist
NSW MAN BANNED FROM PROVIDING FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR FIVE YEARS
Mr Barry Frank Jennings of Berry, New South Wales, has been banned from providing
Read about some PeopleCheck Porkies and understand more about National Criminal Record History Checks.
Find out more about Australian National Criminal History Record Checks.
FAKE DOCTOR BALAJI VARATHARAJU SENT TO JAIL
AN "overachieving and altruistic" man who was not a qualified doctor
ENGINEER FALISIFIED RESUME, ICAC TOLD
A SYDNEY engineer who allegedly offered a $15,000 bribe to secure a lucrative council job
ENGINEER DON GAMAGE LIED ON JOB APPLICATIONS 'FOR BENEFIT OF NSW PEOPLE'
A FORMER RTA engineer says he lied on job applications because otherwise the people of NSW
VULNERABLE children in out-of-home care are being raped, left with drug dealers and
HARVARD CHEAT PLEADS NOT GUILTY
AN American man who attended Harvard University for two years before getting kicked
The NSW government must explain how convicted murderer Des
BOGUS QANTAS ENGINEER TIMOTHY LESLIE McCORMACK SENT TO JAIL
A Pathological liar who faked his way into an aircraft engineer's job with Qantas
NSW RECRUITMENT COMPANY TO PAY BIG DAMAGES BILL OVER REFERENCING FAILURE
A New South Wales recruitment company has lost a bid to have a $160k damages award overturned,
AVOIDING THE BAD APPLES
Many financial planning firms continue to rely on the
GOVERNMENT WON'T RUSH INTO PRIVACY CHANGES FOR EMPLOYEE RECORDS
The Federal Government has signalled it will defer consideration of the contentious
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE PAY JAYANT PATEL $60K FOR LIVING COSTS
THE Queensland Government has set aside $60,000 for the "initial" living expenses of
An unqualified engineer allegedly performed nearly 2000 maintenance jobs on
HUDSON CASE ILLUSTRATES GROWING LITIGATION RISK OVER CANDIDATE RECOMMENDATIONS
A dispute between leading law firm McMahons and Hudson has highlighted a
FORMER DIRECTOR OF NEWCASTLE-BASED INVESTMENT COMANY FOUND GUILTY
A Newcastle man was today found guilty by a Sydney District Court jury of fraud in
ASIC TEAMS WITH INDUSTRY ON REFERENCE-CHECKING INITIATIVE FOR FINANCIAL ADVISORS
Chairman of ASIC, Mr Tony D’Aloisio and the Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia,
WESTPAC EX-MANAGER JAILED FOR STEALING $4M
A former Westpac Bank manager in Sydney has been jailed for up to
QANTAS SAFETY QUESTIONED
AN unqualified Qantas mechanical engineer signed off on the safety of
QUEENSLAND health authorities were not notified for more than a week
A GOLD Coast doctor accused of lying about his employment history owned
INTERN CASE 'NO COMPARISON TO JAYANT PATEL'
hands amid an investigation into how four foreign interns were hired at a regional hospital
without background checks.....
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FROGGY FRAUD BOSS JAILED
Failed dotcom entrepreneur Karl Suleman has been sentenced by a Sydney judge
JUST HELPING YOURSELF
be aware of it, says a leading employment law specialist....
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and dedication. Yet thousands of people manage to obtain certificates without ever attending a class,
sitting an exam or even opening a text book....
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NHS CHIEF FAKED HIS CV TO LAND £115,000-A-YEAR JOB
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FAKE PSYCHIATRIST HEADS OVERSEAS
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In recent years there has been an enormous increase in the availability of counterfeit and substandard university degrees.