A Cautionary Tale: Discovering Unusual Circumstances in the Workplace

When it comes to background checks, some companies have concerns that, while completely valid, are not so common. These serious issues include embezzlement, fraud, drug trafficking, or vexatious litigation, for example. Thankfully, VerifyProtect is here to help uncover unusual situations, utilizing accurate, in-depth reports, such as the Federal Criminal Search or a Civil Court Record Search.

Sherri’s Story

Consider this cautionary tale, from one of our local clients. While working as a manager at Dunkin’, Sherri’s employee found a legitimate issue — a machine was leaking. This employee filed a report, like he was supposed to, and then faked a “slip and fall” accident at the exact (and only) spot where there was water on the floor.

Through our extensive screening services, we discovered this individual filed similar claims in three prior places of employment. A week after the incident at Dunkin’, he started a new job at CVS. When an investigator trailed him to see if he really couldn’t move due to his “severe and debilitating” back injuries, he was found lifting boxes and running around the store.

Civil Records Search

While not considered criminal in nature, civil convictions provide valuable insight into a job applicant’s judgment and character, and as such, adding a thorough Civil Records Search to your employment screening process is a smart decision. There are a number of discoveries that a civil records search may reveal, including past bankruptcies, bank liens, and past suits brought forth against an applicant by previous employers (which is certainly something you’d want to be aware of before choosing to hire someone). A Civil Records Search may also highlight FAA certifications or other registrations an applicant may hold, which can be an important part of the verification process for certain types of jobs.

Criminal Background Checks

For added peace of mind in your new-hire decision, our Criminal Background Checks begin with a thorough county and statewide search, including misdemeanor and felony convictions from at least the past seven years within the county given. Depending on the state in which your business resides, our statewide search will also reveal felonies and misdemeanors at the state level, and may even include reports of outstanding warrants and cases across the country. We have access to a large multi-state crime database that includes more than 300 million criminal records across all 50 states, along with some international records reporting. This screening also includes a search through the sex offender registry with more than 3.5 millions pictures on-file.

Federal Criminal Screening

Of course, some of the most serious criminal convictions out there are at the federal level, and may not show up in a county or even statewide search. Make sure you get the whole picture of your job applicant’s criminal background with our Federal Criminal Screening service, which covers all 84 United States district courts with one easy search. We also offer a flexible single district search to suit your company’s unique needs and budget.

Whether you have common concerns or find yourself dealing with unusual circumstances,  the professionals at VerifyProtect have your back! For more information, visit our website or contact us today. We’d love to hear from you!

VerifyProtect delivers first class Employee Background Screening services nationwide. We save you time with fast, personal service and unquestionable results, utilizing advanced technology, and reviewed by a trained professional, not an AI bot. Our experts will ensure that your background check program integrates seamlessly and affordably into your hiring process. Visit WWW.VERIFYPROTECT.COM today to learn more!


Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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