Lying to cover up a criminal history

Background Check Porkies – Woman accused of stealing from charity had criminal record

Source: The Statesman, 8 June 2011

A US charity suspected its employee, Lisa Dorhauer, of stealing funds. Ms Dorhauer’s background checking report was located, only to reveal this had recorded two previous theft convictions! Although outlined in this report, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had still “cleared” this candidate for work as it only flags individuals considered to be a threat to children. These theft convictions went unnoticed by the charity!

This case is an illustration of the importance of considering allresults of a background check and in particular, any discrepancies revealed against the role being filled. This employee was put in a position to misappropriate funds via phony expense claims despite her theft convictions as she was “cleared” for work. This is why PeopleCheck does not employ a “pass” or “fail” system for our background checks – we present facts and highlight discrepancies to enable our clients to make an informed hiring decision.

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