Man Fakes His Death to Escape Sexual Assault Charges

Some people will go to any lengths to avoid being prosecuted for a crime they committed.  Some will get away with it, some won’t.  Here’s the story of a guy who tried to pull one over on law enforcement – and was almost successful.  Fortunately, the police were able to uncover his scheme and reinstate the charges against him.

Nanaimo man faked his death to flee from charges, police say

‘Dead’ suspect is found in Halifax

Danielle Bell & Paul Walton, Daily News – September 25, 2008

A former Nanaimo man, alleged to have faked his own death in 2004 to escape sex assault charges, was very much alive in provincial court on Wednesday to face renewed charges on the same 2003 allegation.

Jeremy Daniel Oakley, 36, was arrested in Halifax in August and returned to Nanaimo this week to appear in provincial court charged with one count of sexual interference with a person under 16 and one count of sexual assault.

He returns to court in Nanaimo on Oct. 7, and remains in custody at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in Victoria.

An obituary in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on Oct. 7, 2004, said Oakley “passed away suddenly in Toronto as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He is survived by his wife and four children. A resident of British Columbia, Jeremy had only resided in Nova Scotia for a short time. At the request of the family, funeral service will be held in Vancouver, B.C., at a date yet to be determined. He will be sadly missed.”

It stated that the fatal accident happened in Toronto on Oct. 2. Records at the Nanaimo court registry indicate that the initial charges against Oakley were stayed by the Crown on Nov. 24, 2004.

Const. Gary O’Brien, spokesman for the Nanaimo RCMP, said information that Oakley was alive first emerged in August this year.

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Teachers in Trouble Slip Through Cracks

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana teachers who run afoul of the law won’t necessarily get into any trouble over their licenses because the state’s system of reporting and background checks lags those in other states, a newspaper study found.

Unlike other states, Indiana doesn’t require schools and police to report most teacher misconduct to state education officials, The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday.

Instead, prosecutors and school superintendents are required to report only if teachers are convicted of certain felonies: kidnapping, dealing drugs or sex crimes against children. Arrests or investigations even for these crimes — and convictions for lesser ones — can fall below the state’s radar.

“Ideally we would want to be notified anytime anybody holding a teacher license gets arrested,” said Kevin McDowell, general counsel for the Indiana Department of Education. “Some states do that.”

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This Week in Background Checks: Week of 9/22/08

Happy Friday!  I’ll dispose of our normal intro to this segment and jump right into this week’s TWIB Notes (This Week in Background Checks).  Here’s what you missed:

That’s all we’ve got.  See you next week.  For those masochists out there, check out our podcast of this week’s TWIB Notes below.

employeescreenIQ Earns Fastest Growing Company Recognition

We are pleased to report that employeescreenIQ has been recognized as a Weatherhead 100 organization for the 4th consecutive year.  The award, which is named for Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management honors the fastest growing companies in NE Ohio.

The final rankings will be announced in December.

9/26/2008 EmployeeScreenIQ Recognized as Weatherhead 100 Company for 4th Consecutive Year

EmployeeScreen IQ has earned recognition as a 2008 Weatherhead 100 Award Winner for being one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio. We have achieved this distinction for the 4th consecutive year. Actual rankings will be released in December.

Since 1987, the Weatherhead 100 has showcased the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio. Recognized organizations must demonstrate consistent growth over the previous five years. The Weatherhead 100 list is objectively determined annually and highly regarded throughout the region. It is branded as a testament to hard work, commitment, innovation, and the dream to succeed.

9/25/2008 State of Nevada Produced Flawed Background Checks

[Audit: Nevada Agency Releases Flawed Background Checks (9/25/2008) (http://www.ktvn.com/Global/story.asp?S=9074555) *KTVN Reno*- A Legislative audit has found that for four years the Department of Public Safety’s Records and Technology Division released flawed background check information to companies.

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EmployeeScreenIQ's Guide to Identify Fake Degrees

The use of bogus or fraudulent degrees is accelerating rapidly in today’s workforce. And those who engage in this behavior are getting better at perpetrating this type resume fraud. Diploma Mills are the most common tool used to perpetuate this activity.

EmployeeScreenIQ just recently published a Guide to Identify Diploma Mills and Fraudulent Degrees. This is a great resource for hiring professionals who wish to limit their exposure to claims of false degrees. The resource is free to anyone who is interested. We just ask for some basic contact information in return.

The following excerpt is a sneak peek to our 30 page guide. The entire resource can be downloaded by clicking here.

Definition of Diploma Mills:

According to Wikipedia, “A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is an organization that awards academic degrees and diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without recognition by official educational accrediting bodies. The purchaser can then claim to hold an academic degree, and the organization is motivated by making a profit. These degrees are often awarded based on vaguely construed life experience [or no experience at all]. Some such organizations claim accreditation by non-recognized/unapproved accrediting bodies set up for the purposes of providing a veneer of authenticity.”

Impact of Diploma Mills:

Those with “degrees” from diploma mills are perpetrating fraud in a variety of ways. Most commonly, these phony degrees are used to obtain employment where the lack of such academic credentials would disqualify them from consideration. Secondly, many employers reimburse their employees for continuing education or offer merit compensation for academic achievement. Therefore a diploma mill degree is used to financially defraud employers. A fraudulent degree can be used to facilitate career advancement. Many employers require a certain degree in order to qualify for promotion. Lastly, these fake degrees can be used to misrepresent qualifications to unsuspecting consumers. Think of what a person who represents themselves as a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant, for example to do to defraud a patient or client.

EmployeeScreenIQ’s List of Known Diploma Mills

The first step in insulating your organization from degree fraud is utilizing a resource that identifies known diploma mills. If you have not heard of the university, proper due diligence is suggested. Pages 3-25 of this white paper represents our list of recognized fraudulent academic institutions (updated through September 24, 2008). This list is comprised of our own internal research and various government websites.

EmployeeScreenIQ’s List of Recognized Accrediting Organizations

Consulting the list of known diploma mills is just the first step. New diploma mills are popping up every day, so if it’s not on the list, you still have more work to do. Try to find the academic institution on-line. Check out the accrediting body. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Here you will find lists of regional and national accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as reliable authorities concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education or higher education programs they accredit. Listed on page 26-30 is a guide to identifying sanctioned accrediting organizations as well as our list of Unrecognized Accrediting Organizations . . .

Download full Known Diploma Mills Resource Guide here …

Nick Fishman is Chief Marketing Officer for Cleveland-based EmployeeScreen IQ, a best practices provider of pre-employment screening services throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Nick can be reached at (800) 235-3954 ext. 441 or by email at nfishman@employeescreen.com.

Related Links:

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Definition of Education Verification
The Employers Guide to Outsourcing Employment Verifications

9/24/2008 EmployeeScreenIQ White Paper: How to Identify Diploma Mills

employeescreenIQ has spent a lot of time over the last couple of months talking about diploma mills and how job applicants are using fraudulent degrees to gain employment, promotions, incentive pay, etc. and we thought it made sense to assemble a resource for employers to use when evaluating academic credentials.

Therefore, we have published a White Paper entitled “Known Diploma Mills Resource Guide” which is available to download by clicking here. We hope that you don’t mind providing some basic information in exchange for this invaluable guide which includes a list of Known Diploma Mills, a list of Unapproved Accrediting Organizations and a guide to identify approved accrediting organizations. Any organization who verifies their applicants’ educational background can benefit.

Download the Resource Guide Here

Background Check White Paper: How to Identify Diploma Mills

We’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple of months talking about diploma mills and how job applicants are using fraudulent degrees to gain employment, promotions, incentive pay, etc.  and we thought it made sense to assemble a resource for employers to use when evaluating academic credentials.

Therefore, we have published a White Paper entitled “Known Diploma Mills Resource Guide” which is available to download by clicking here.  We hope that you don’t mind providing some basic information in exchange for this invaluable guide which includes a list of Known Diploma Mills, a list of Unapproved Accrediting Organizations and a guide to identify approved accrediting organizations.  Any organization who verifies their applicants’ educational background can benefit.

Check it out.

9/24/2008 Update on Texas Court Delays

Update on State of Texas Court Delays

September 24, 2008

We have been updated about the following court delays in the state of Texas caused by Hurricane Ike.

Galveston County– Reopened today Wednesday September 24, 2008

Jefferson County– Will be reopening by Friday September 26, 2008

Orange County– Closed until further notice

We’ll keep you posted on the developments.