A story from the Palm Beach Post in South Florida reveals how a possible typographical error in the background check of a man hired to become a West Palm Beach school’s new headmaster and president may have led to school officials being unaware about his alleged past financial crimes, including a felony charge for writing a bad check and several civil lawsuits for failing to pay his debts.

The man – who was also convicted for contracting without a license, according to the Palm Beach Post – had been hired because he had a plan to rescue the school from serious financial troubles. Although a background check done by the school came back clean of criminal “hits,” it was speculated by some in the Post story that his name was misspelled either by school staff or by the firm that ran the background check.

An earlier story in the Palm Beach Post reported that, according to court records, the man had encountered financial and legal problems for over a decade. The man said the claims are false and that he does not owe money. The cases are pending.

For more information on background checks, visit the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) web site at http://www.ESRcheck.com.

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco, CA area with a mission to help both employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen and is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). For more information about ESR, please visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or email Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].