Employee Accused of Stealing Tax Refunds
April 13, 2011
In 2009, the Georgia Department of Revenue had a huge backlog of tax refunds that needed to be filed. And like most organizations, they turned to a temporary services agency for help. Unfortunately, the agency they hired provided a worker that then allegedly stole refund checks totaling approximately $100,000. Now according to the WSBTV, a criminal background check was conducted on the candidate and it was revealed that she had a prior criminal record.
Here’s where things get murky. The District Attorney is quoted as saying the it is imperative that those handling money must have a clean background check. The Department of Revenue has since announced a policy change. Their own internal investigators now check the background of all temporary employees before they are hired. But didn’t they say earlier that they knew about the person’s background and hired her anyway? I’m confused.
I guess this would underscore the importance of not only conducting a suitable background check, but also ensuring that the people who review these checks are aware of hiring guidelines and are regularly audited.