Ohio Business Owner Ordered to Repay Nearly $750,000 for Forging Employee Criminal Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News

In yet another case of falsified or outright phony background checks, a business owner in Ohio was ordered to repay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for forging criminal background checks for employees of her home health-care business.

According to a blog post on Cleveland.com, the online home of The Plain Dealer, the owner of Beta Services Inc. received a four-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to repay $744,800 because she made it appear her employees – many with criminal records that disqualified them for jobs in home health care – had clean records.

The report indicates the owner pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception and six counts of forgery and the company also entered a guilty plea to one count of theft by deception. “By forging background checks, this defendant deliberately put vulnerable Medicaid recipients in harm’s way by employing people with criminal records in caretaker positions,” according to the Ohio Attorney General quoted in the story.

Instances of falsified or outright fake background check investigations for employment purposes are on the rise, as indicated by these reports on ESR News recently:

The recent surge in scams involving background checks underscores the need for employers to make sure that they are dealing with legitimate screening firms when outsourcing background checks.  At a bare minimum, the background check firm should belong to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). In addition, NAPBS has announced a Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) that will also help employers locate professional and legitimate suppliers of background checks starting later this year. 

For more information on how to attain “real” background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at http://www.ESRcheck.com.

Sources:
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/09/cleveland_heights_business_own.html
http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2010/09/02/bbb-warns-jobseekers-of-job-scams-involving-background-checks-and-credit-reports/
http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2010/08/30/former-college-basketball-star-indicted-for-alleged-background-check-and-jobs-scam/
http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2010/07/01/nebraska-man-accused-of-running-background-check-scam/
http://www.napbs.com
http://www.napbs.com/files/public/Learn_More/Press%20Releases/2010_NAPBS_Accreditation_Release_v4_2_.pdf