An Omaha, Nebraska man convicted on three federal wire fraud charges in a fake background check fraud scheme was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $126,715 in restitution, according to The Scottsbluff Star-Herald. The story, which shows why firms should look for a background screening accreditation seal, is available at: ‘Omaha man gets four years for background check fraud’. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that the 53-year-old convicted man – who ran a business called Pavilion Commercial Group – collected $170,000 by telling real estate developers that his companies could perform “Interpol” and “FBI” background checks for a $600 fee. In reality, Pavilion Commercial Group had neither the ability nor the intention of performing such background check services. “This conviction for fake background checks is another reason employers interested in screening services should look for the NAPBS Accreditation seal,” says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). In 2010, the NAPBS – a non-profit trade association representing the screening industry – launched the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) to promote consumer protection, best practices, and legal compliance. The NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) ensures that a screening firm seeking accreditation meets or exceeds measurable standards of competence. To become accredited, background screening firms – also known as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – must pass an onsite audit conducted by an independent auditing firm that examines policies and procedures related to six critical areas of background screening: consumer protection, legal compliance, client education, product standards, service standards, and general business practices. The NAPBS Accredited “seal” of approval represents a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, professional standards, and institutional improvement. Any U.S.-based employment screening organization is eligible to apply for accreditation. A copy of the accreditation program’s standard, policies and procedures, and measurements is available on the NAPBS website at Rosen founded ESR in 1997 to ensure safe workplaces for employers, employees, and the public. He served as the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS in 2003 and served as the first co-chair. ESR has successfully proved compliance with the BSAAP and is accredited by the NAPBS. For more information, visit: For more information about background checks as part of a safe hiring program, please visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority ’– at, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. To learn more about the newly updated second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by Attorney Lester Rosen, visit: Source: About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more, visit, call 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. About ESR News: The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected]. To subscribe to the complimentary ESRcheck Report monthly newsletter, please visit]]>


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