Archive for the Horror Stories Category

CBS 11 News Interviews Imperative President Mike Coffey About Uber’s Background Checks

CBS 11 News Interviews Imperative President Mike Coffey About Uber’s Background Checks

As a follow up to my blog post earlier this week about how car-sharing service Uber’s flawed background screening process exposed customers to drivers with recent felony backgrounds, CBS 11 interviewed me about the issue. The full text of the story is available on the CBS11 website.

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An Uber-Important Lesson Learned About Background Checks

An Uber-Important Lesson Learned About Background Checks

Uber, which operates UberX, the ride-share service that allows regular people to sell car rides to the public, has revised its background screening policy in response to a Chicago Tribune article indicating that one of its non-professional drivers had a 2010 felony conviction for residential burglary. This revelation […]

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Video: News Report Highlights Gaps in Texas Criminal Data

I’ve been warning employers, schools, nonprofits, and others about the dangers of relying on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Crime Records Service criminal history database for years. Our 2008 study of DPS’ records found that DPS’ records were missing more than one-third of the criminal cases included […]

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The Importance of Quality Background Checks on In-Home Service Workers

Over at Bad Hire Days this week, I blogged about Jason Meinke, a convicted criminal whose record includes a felony conviction for aggravated stalking, who was sent by a Sears contractor into customers’ homes to clean air ducts. Proving that past performance is a pretty good indicator […]

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No Background Check for Accused Sex Offender Working at Lufkin Apartment Complex

Had the owners of the Acadia Arms Apartments in Lufkin, Texas completed a background check on Jose Diaz before hiring him as a handyman, they would have learned that he has convictions for driving while intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended, and a felony conviction for […]

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Church and Nursing Home Fall Prey to “He’s a Nice Guy” Syndrome

My friend Greg Love is an attorney who, through his firm Ministry Safe, trains churches and community service organizations on how to keep sex offenders from harming their organizations. In his presentations he often laments that the Church is the last place where someone can show up and get […]

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Family Hires Identity Thief as Nanny

Carollena Vaccaro has a long criminal history that includes a felony conviction for possession of a forged instrument. So how did she get a job as a nanny working for an entrepreneurial family? Simple, according to the Rochester, New York Democrat and Chronicle: Vaccaro, who claimed to be a […]

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Texas State Background Check Contractor Hires a Thief on Probation

Last month, the United States Attorney General filed federal identity theft charges against Angela Cuellar, a former employee of a Waco-based state contractor responsible for collecting the fingerprints of those seeking state background checks.  This part of the story has been widely reported. However, Imperative Information Group […]

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When the Job Applicant Says “It Wasn’t Me!”

The rap artist Shaggy had a hit song a few years ago called “It Wasn’t Me” about a man who’s girlfriend caught him cheating with another woman. (Cheating so bad in fact, that I dare not link the music video to this posting. I’m still blushing.) His […]

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Insanely Dangerous Idea? There’s an App for That!

   Intelius, the online data broker notorius for selling information most people would consider personal to anyone who wants it, has released an iPhone application that is a must-have for the on-the-go stalker. Their Date Check app is touted as a way for users to check out […]

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