Felons on Payroll of Well-known, Local Plumbing Company

Jason Morris

This article is very scary.  My wife is hiring a plumber next week to fix one of our sinks, luckily its a friend of the family! There is no excuse for this. Putting people into harms way is unacceptable, negligent and lucky for everyone no one got hurt.  The story refers to some states that require a background check during the licensing process via the State Board.  I disagree, the background check should be conducted by the company.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Lucia Bone from The Sue Weaver Cause.  I met Lucia several years ago at a conference and we remain friends.  Lucia’s sister Sue was Raped and killed in 2001 by a contractor sent into her home:

Cathy Sue Weaver was raped and beaten to death in her suburban Orlando, Florida, home on August 27, 2001. With the intent of destroying any evidence, her killer then set her home on fire.

Six months prior to her death, Sue had contracted with a major department store to have the air ducts in her home cleaned. Unbeknownst to her, both of the men sent on the service call had criminal records. One of the men was a twice-convicted sex offender on parole. Six months later he returned to rape and murder Sue.

I have not had the chance to discuss the particular case with Lucia but I am certain she knows about it.  Companies have to be smarter, its their responsibility when putting people in positions where they have the opportunity to commit crimes.  Companies are insured against theft, errors and some areas of negligence.  A company can never insure themselves against their reputation.  I imagine Beacon Plumbing will have a difficult time overcoming this press!

Investigators: Felons on payroll of well-known, local plumbing company

By CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News

SEATTLE – The KING 5 Investigators have uncovered new and troubling information about one of Western Washington’s best known companies.

Last month we revealed how some Beacon customers may have overpaid for under qualified help. Beacon sent trainees to jobs instead of journeyman plumbers.

Now we’ve learned that Beacon Plumbing is sending felons into customer’s homes, including a man who served time for a notorious killing.

Kathy Hansen says she spent $1,900 on several Beacon plumbers who couldn’t find a fix for a leak in her basement ceiling. The one she remembers well is Jason Soler, who she says was yelling and angry at being called back to her house — so much so that family members kicked him off the property.

“I’m just glad I wasn’t by myself,’ Hansen said. “I’m glad there were people in my house that heard this guy. He was kind of threatening in the way he acted.”
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Kathy Hansen was surprised by all the problems she had with Beacon. But she didn’t know the full story about the man Beacon sent to her home until we played her a news story from 1999.

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A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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  • Anonymous

    I checked this morning and the one individual with the rap sheet that included rape has been let go. While this was the right thing to do, this story has damaged all the good employees who work for Beacon with families. A lot of the employees have children who probably won’t recover from this, since King 5 wasn’t detailed enough and cast suspicion over everyone at the company, I beleive that this could possibly ruin this company but will also destroy the lives of many children who are proud of their dads and the good work they do.

  • Anonymous

    Beacon Plumbing knowingly hires killers and child rapists and sends them out to unsuspecting homeowners. So the the killer and the child raping felon have been let go, but what about the other felons? The story pointed out that of the employees examined nearly one third of them were convicted felons. At the end of the day we are responsible for our own choices, Bill Cahill (the owner) for hiring felons, the felons for committing crimes, the other employees who work there and have chosen to continue to work for a company that would send killers and child rapists into their customers’ homes. Maybe the children who should be proud are the ones with fathers whose morals and ethics cause them to leave the employment of a company that would do this and go somewhere else.

  • Kevin Hill

    Such strong statements from “Anonymous” posters

  • Mark

    My concern is knowing that I and my family are safe in our home from contractors who knowingly (or unknowingly) hire violent criminals.

    The business has a responsibility to ensure our safety.

    I will support the Sue Weaver CAUSE and look forward to the day when every contractor will have some kind of identification to assure me that people I invite in to my home to perform work will not be a threat to my family’s safety.

  • Tracy Milesap

    You people are so naive and it is destroying America from the inside out. You are worried about an ex-felon coming into your home to do work, when most crimes are committed by people that are close to us and we know. Just because someone is an ex-con, does not mean they are unsafe for your home. You would have an illegal alien come into your home and u worry about an American citizen who made a mistake against MANS laws. Sinners are allowed in your home and they violate GODS laws and that is not a problem to you. Think about this, if a convict came into your home, then at lest his/her finger prints or DNA is left somewhere in the home, but a undocumented worker can come into your home rob, cheat and steal and get out of the country undetected, or betta yet, just stay in the country and live happily on the spoils of their crimes. There are no fingerprints for these people, no DNA on file for these people, there is nothing that would stop them from doing whatever it is they want to do to u.

  • Anonymous

    Who said Beacon knowingly hired felons? Who said that all of these employees were sent into homes? Did they actually work in the field or admin or shop? What exactly were they convicted of? Is there really 1/3 of 80 employees working for Beacon that have a history? Did King 5 do background checks on all employees? Could there only be 7 with a history? Do we know all the facts? Are all felons created equal? Is there really a child rapist working there? Should we beleive it just because King 5 suggested it? Why wasn’t the name of the child rapist put on TV? Is it true that the owner of Southwest Plumbing has a close relative that works for King 5 (his daughter-in-law)? Is Beacon really sueing King 5?

    Are we as a society so mindless that we will accept anything the media says as fact? Use your brain people, there is a lot about this story that just doesn’t add up. If you beleive everything you are told by the media than I have a bridge that I can sell you over and over again!!

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  • Barbara

    We as a community have to change our attitudes and help the felon succeed when he gets out of prison. If they can’t get a job or a place to live, they are going to resort to more crime. Most of them want to change, but because of our own fears and ignorance, we are perpetuating more crime, by not assisting them.

    Beacon and other companies can do background checks, and if their prior offenses are of a sexual or extremely violent nature, then perhaps another type of work is better for them, rather than entering homes.

    We don’t have all the answers, but running scared is getting old and out of line. Give these people a break. Wouldn’t you want a felon who is interested in rehabilitating him/her self living next door to you, rather than some desperate person living under a bridge and you don’t know where they are or what they’re doing.

    Beacon, you are on the right track. This is all a learning process, and it will get better. Hang in there and don’t let all these employees go just because nothing in this life is perfect.

  • Tamara

    I came across this page by accident and must say as a felon myself I am so sick of people and the attitudes that once a crimminal always a crimminal. That is not always the case. I am also a single mother of one and trying my hardest to stay on the right path. Doesn’t anyone realize how hard it is to find a good job? Add the felon factor to it and it’s almost impossable. My crime was not violent, but in the eyes of the public it’s just as bad. (Forgery) It makes me a liar and a thieve on back ground checks. No one will put me behind a cash register. Am I that person today? NO. Does anyone care to give me a chance to prove it? NO. It would seem that if the public wants there to be less crime in the world then we as the public would be willing to help those who are trying to help themselves. No one is perfect and nine times out of ten the only difference between a felon and non felon is that the felon got caught. To all of you in support of helping people stay out of jail rather then build more prisons I thank you and apreciate you. Feel free to respond my address is
    tamara-d-roth@hotmail.com

  • Jason

    I am also a felon. I am 20 years old and have made a mistake in my life. Some of you think a person can not redeam themselves I was convicted of a drug charge i have been through rehab but i still can not find a descent job. I was going to school for plumbing but upon reading this page I tink it would be a bad choice.

  • Jane T.

    To Jason

    Don’t give up on your schooling. King 5 did a wacked story that was geared on destroying one company. Beacons rival has vowed to detroy Beacon and happens to have a family member that works at King 5. It is unfortunate and I am sure a lot more people are suffering out there because of this story other than just Beacon employees. There are a lot of plumbing companies out there who hire ex felons. The important thing is where you are going in life now and not where you came from.

    For the person above who made the comment re other employees working with felons and choosing to work with rapists. (morals and beliefs, etc) You must be perfect and have no worries in this world. Take your head out of the sand and take a good look around. I bet you are friends with someone who has done something awful and you just don’t know it yet. So?? Does this make you a bad person and suggest that your kids should not be proud of you. The employees at Beacon were just as shocked about this story! At the present they are being told that there is no child rapist in the company, nor does anyone know who King 5 was talking about in the first place. I guess you think that before working for a company, a person should do a background check on every person in the company as to make sure he is not working with a felon. Give me a break. Although, life would be nice if it came equiped with a crystal ball to keep our morals in check according to your wacked out unrealistic view on life.

  • Kris Huffman

    Please QUIT putting me in the same category as CHILD RAPISTS! Yes, I made a mistake, but I was 18 years old and naive. I burglarize one business (one that I found out, after the crime, had been pulling an extra 50 bucks out of each of my paychecks that was suppose to be taxes, but didn’t add up when I got my W2, totaling over 900 dollars), and now I am not allowed to have a decent job. I worked for DirecTV before they passed the law that makes it illegal to allow felons to work in home service positions FOR 3 YEARS without incident. Then I got stuck in the same category as rapists and lost my GREAT paying job when they passed the law. Now I am about on the street, because no one will hire me if I don’t lie on my application- WHICH I WON’T- because I am an honest person now. So should I continue my 7 years of being good, or should I just prove you all right and go out and commit more crimes to support myself? Yeah, that law sure makes it a lot safer… F-U King5.