No Background Check, Bad Publicity – In My Backyard!
June 24, 2009
Its one thing when a company fails to do a proper background check somewhere in the United States. Its another when it happens in my own county! Cuyahoga County, well know around the State of Ohio for corruption has another feather for its cap.
Senior Transportation Connection — a public-private partnership that runs van service for senior citizens in about 20 Cuyahoga County communities — fired its finance director Wednesday, a day after The Plain Dealer confronted him about his recent criminal history of stealing from employers.
Jeremy D. Fields worked as a consultant for the agency since May 2007, months after getting out of prison for his second felony theft conviction in two years. Court records and interviews show that Fields, 32, embezzled nearly $200,000 from two area businesses before landing the job with Senior Transportation Connection.
Agency Director Janice Dzigiel said she was unaware of Fields’ criminal past until Tuesday when a reporter contacted Fields. Dzigiel said after Fields ended the phone call, he rushed into her office and revealed everything.
Dzigiel said she was stunned by the revelations and told Fields to turn in his keys and leave the agency offices, on West 150th Street in Cleveland.
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