This Year’s Background Check Turkey Awards
November 23, 2011
It’s that time of year again. A time for us to enjoy what we all know is the Super Bowl of all holidays, Thanksgiving! And in honor of the season, we again offer up our annual Background Check turkey honorees. So without further ado, I give you this year’s Turkeys.
- Lisa Dorhauer who stole over $46,000 from a children’s charity. Avoidable? Most definitely. She had two theft convictions on her record at the time of her hiring.
- Cookie Monster. Okay, not the real Cookie Monster. But the Iowa State Fair hired a registered sex offender to greet children in regaled in this character’s costume. Needless to say, they neglected to conduct a background check.
- Donald Johnson, a NASDAQ employee defrauded investors out of $750,000. Guess what, Johnson admitted to consuming Schedule II drugs while on duty as a nurse and falsifying hospital records in order to steal these drugs from the hospital he worked at.
- The EEOC, for overzealous prosecution of not one, but at least two cases this year against employers for unfair background check practices which led to them being penalized (and in turn taxpayers) for nearly $4,000,000.
- Kazimierz Karasek, a truck driver who made an illegal left turn which resulted in his crashing his semi into a commuter train. Mr. Karasek had over 50 moving violations on his record since 1986.
- The state of Massachussettes for continuing to insist the their state criminal record index, CORI is the only way to conduct background checks. Tell that to victims of rape, child abuse and a myriad criminal activities in which the perpetrators were convicted of similar crimes outside of the state.
- Peter Gwinnell, and UK man who was hired as a bank CEO after claims of being Oxford and Harvard educated and past employment at JP Morgan. It turns out that none of those claims were true.
- Adam Wheeler, a man who faked his way into Harvard after claiming to have attended MIT and a prestigious prep school. Again, neither of these claims were true. After being convicted for these offenses, Wheeler was recently arrested again for trying to get a job after claiming he graduated from Harvard.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now. Need to make our annual pilgrammage to Cleveland for Turkey Day. Have a safe and happy holiday. But before I go, take a moment to enjoy my favorite Thanksgiving song of all time.
P.S. This post is dedicated to our director of business development, John Sferry; the only man who loves Thanksgiving as much as I do.