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Federal Judge Falls Victim to Homecare Worker’s Identity Fraud

By | January 5th, 2016|Bad Hire Days, Caregivers|

When a family sought help in caring for an ailing family member, they did not expect him to become the next victim of a thief with a long criminal history. Harold Demoss, Jr. is a retired federal judge fighting cancer. His family hired Top Notch Healthcare Assistance of Houston, to provide him with in-home care. [...]

Habitual Offender Burns Sorority

By | March 18th, 2014|Bad Hire Days, No Background Check, Small Businesses|

When the headquarters of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity (Tri Delta), the nonprofit sorority with chapters on 138 college campuses,  found almost $400,000 in bejeweled gold membership pins missing and a sorority employee was arrested for the theft, weaknesses in the sorority's hiring process and internal controls became apparent. According to court documents, Tri Delta employee Carla Rae Seals [...]

Alzheimer’s Patient Injured by Felon Nurse Aid

By | July 25th, 2013|Bad Hire Days, Caregivers|

When 88-year-old Sammie Berry's family moved the wheelchair-bound Alzheimer's patient to the Kaufman Healthcare Center in Kaufman, Texas, they expected that she would be in a safe environment, attended by a caring staff. What she received, according to news reports, was physical abuse at the hands of a certified nurse aid, James Seaton. Mr. Seaton told a [...]

Suit Alleges Level-3 Sex Offender Employee Raped Hotel Guests

By | June 5th, 2013|Bad Hire Days, Sex Offenders, Small Businesses|

Two different hotels in Mesa, Arizona are being sued by guests who say they were raped by Jason Brown, who worked at each of the hotels as an overnight clerk. As it turns out, Jason Brown is registered as a level-3 sex offender (those most likely to reoffend) whose criminal history includes felony convictions for: Aggravated criminal [...]

26-year-old’s resume is too good to be true

By | March 18th, 2013|Bad Hire Days, IT/Computer professionals|

Antoine Flowers was hired by the City of Dallas as an IT manager. His resume was certainly impressive for any IT professional, much less a 26 year old. According to the Dallas Morning News, Flowers' resume included claims that he had: served as a lieutenant in the US Army (being promoted to lieutenant after only [...]

Video: Sears sends felon and stalker into woman’s home

By | November 7th, 2011|"National" Databases, Bad Hire Days, Contractors and Temps, In-Home Service Providers, Small Businesses, Uncategorized|

Jason Meinke was employed by a Sears contractor and sent into homes to clean ducts despite his criminal history that included misdemeanor and felony convictions, including a felony aggravated stalking conviction. When he was sent to clean Carrie Smith's air ducts, she says her nightmare started, as reported by Scott Lewis of Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ [...]

Fake Degree Precedes $1 Million Fraud

By | September 24th, 2011|Bad Hire Days, Education Fraud, Federal offenders, Government-Related Jobs|

Not all bad hire days start with previously-convicted dishonest job seekers. Morgan County, Utah apparently thought they were hiring a qualified public administration expert when they hired Garth Day as their council administrator. According to the Standard-Examiner, Day's 2008 resume reflected that he had a Bachelor of Science degree in political science/public administration from Weber [...]

Bad Background Check and Lax Controls Lead to Embezzlement

By | September 10th, 2011|Bad Hire Days, Horror Stories|

In my presentations to SHRM chapters, churches and non-profits, and basically anyone who needs a good nap after lunch, I regularly warn that even great  background checks typically only catch the low-hanging fruit (those whose past offenses have been discovered by employers or law enforcement) and it is important to to have all of your [...]

Two Employers, Two Victims, Two Convictions for Computer “Guru”

By | August 29th, 2011|Bad Hire Days, Contractors and Temps, Federal offenders, IT/Computer professionals, Small Businesses|

Stephen Robertson, a self-described computer "guru", could be the poster boy for Bad Hire Days. Robertson worked for Corgan Associates, a Dallas architecture and interior design firm, and was terminated on December 18, 1998 for "theft, dishonesty, and misuse of the company's computer system to hack into other companies' computers," according to documents filed by [...]

Son Learns that Mother’s Caregiver Has Elderly Mistreatment Conviction

By | August 18th, 2011|Bad Hire Days, Caregivers, ID Theft, In-Home Service Providers, No Background Check|

When his 92-year-old mother needed an in-home caregiver, Richard Laughlin relied on a recommendation from a trusted friend and hired Teresita Lee.  What he did not know was that Lee had a long criminal history including multiple thefts and a recent conviction for mistreating another elderly person to whom she was supposed to be providing [...]