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Mollie Tibbetts’ Murderer Passed Background Check & E Verify, worked Illegally for 4 Years

It’s not every day you hear a story that connects the tragic death of a bright young female to a failed background check. The story of Mollie Tibbetts is unfortunately one of those stories. Mollie was found dead in a cornfield following a 39 day investigation into her disappearance. The FBI led the investigation which led to a confession from Christhian Behena Rivera, who would lead authorities to the place he left her body. The tragic loss has left the entire town of Brooklyn, Iowa struck as there has been no motive reported.

Rivera claims that he began following her in his vehicle, and then ran behind her on a back road outside the town. He then “blacked out” and would come to while pulling into a cornfield with a bloody body in his trunk. Rivera worked just under 3 miles away, employed by Yarrabee Farms for over 4 years. According to a statement from Yarrabee Farms, Rivera cleared all necessary background check procedures.

“This individual has worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing,” Yarrabee Farms said in the statement. “On Monday, the authorities visited our farm and talked to our employees. We have cooperated fully with their investigation.”

National media outlets covering the story have now begun digging into how her murderer was even allowed to work in the United States, after determining he is in fact, an undocumented illegal immigrant.

E-Verify is the online system put in place by the Federal government, to provide employers information on eligibility to status to work legally in the United States. It checks I-9 records from the Social Security Administration as well as the Department of Homeland Security. ESS works with E-Verify to double check everything we do, but have experience in law enforcement, and know the varying degrees of fact checking across state lines.

Fox News | Mollie Tibbetts Murder Suspect Worked Less Than 3 Miles From Where She Was Staying

So how was it that an illegal immigrant worked for over 4 years in a small town, and cleared the background check system put in place by Yarrabee Farms?  Dane Lang, one of the mentioned owners of the farm had this to say in response.

“Yarrabee Farms follows all laws related to verifying employees are legal to work in the United States, and we regularly seek outside counsel to ensure we stay up-to-date on employment law matters,” the statement read. “We keep records on all employees and have shared that information with authorities.”

It remains to be seen how this happened. A detainer was issued for him by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday. When you hire an employee, you’re hiring someone that will represent your company both in the workplace, and out of it. It’s truly unfortunate to talk about a story which led to the death of an innocent girl, which by all accounts should have never happened.

There are particular intricacies put in place to avoid having individuals that are not legal to work in the country, as well as attention to detail that falls on the responsibility of your background check company. That attention to detail is something that Employment Screening Services is built on. When you put your trust in a team to help cover your background screening process for new hires, you expect them to provide factual and complete results. We can promise you that.

You can learn more about the Mollie Tibbitts Case here, and of course if you have any questions regarding your current background screening process, feel free to give us a call anytime.

CareerBuilder Employment Screening | Why You Choose a Partner You Can Talk To

There’s an endless amount of employment screening companies around the country. Careerbuilder, the popular service comparable to indeed.com or ziprecruiter.com has even launched their own version. CareerBuilder Employment Screening promises things like “dedicated account management,” “fast turnaround times,” and “unmatched”compliance. Careerbuilder employment screening even boasts that “their” system can be integrated into any ATS or HRIS workflow. Hmm. Sounds familiar..

The reality is Careerbuilder employment screening may not be a scam per-se, but it is in a sense, a MacDonald’s version of what Employment Screening Services has been providing for almost three decades. Think of it this way. No matter how you dress it up, if you’re looking for an employment screening company, are you partnering with a company that prides itself on helping people? Or are you partnering with a company just feasting on an opportunity that slides in perfectly with what they already do?

Let’s take a deeper look into some of what Careerbuilder employment screening boasts as being a differentiator.

Unmatched Compliance

This statement just screams overspeak. How can compliance, something that requires one to be compliant with given regulations, be “unmatched.” Here at ESS, we have prided ourselves in providing the most seamless and helpful partnership possible, with compliance clearly holding weight in any background investigation. It’s just a part of the job.

Fast Turnaround Times

With as many employees and dedicated staff, along with being compliant unlike any other, one should hope turnaround time shouldn’t be an issue. Because we’ve been in this game for so long, we know the in’s and out’s of the court system, and how to work smarter not harder. You don’t just walk in to the bar and know everyone in the place. Unless of course, you’ve been going to that bar and meeting people there for 20-some years! We’ve built relationships all over the country to ensure fast results. Plus, with our integrated online login system, you can have results in 24-48 hours.

Integrate into ANY ATS or HRIS Workflow

Careerbuilder employment screening talks about how their system, that they developed, will integrate into any Applicant Tracking System (ATS), or Human Resources Information System. Well, hate to say it, but they’re behind the 8 ball. ESS has been capable of integration with existing systems for years, and we’re even in the process of improving that user experience for our clients. In the upcoming months, we will be unveiling a seamless backend update that will only improve our existing system. Stay tuned for more!

Dedicated Account Management

Once again, this is a little bit like MacDonald’s telling you that your hamburger was made by a special hamburger maker, specifically just for you. The fact of the matter is you’re not getting anything anyone else isn’t getting from Careerbuilder. You’ll be a number assigned to a temp. Just look at their online reviews if you don’t believe us.

Dedicated account management means human interaction. It means trust. Dedicated account management means knowing you feel comfortable with that person you work with. You know that they are out for YOUR best interest. Our team at ESS, led by Bob Wright, has dug our heels in and worked for years to help build that image in the minds of our clients. When they think about ESS, when they see that logo, when they pick up that phone to call, they know the unrivaled dedication to providing efficient results for every single client.

For more information on partnering with a company who truly cares about the client, and cares about the benefit that background screening provides, just give us a call! We’re more than willing to answer any questions that you may have, and we can have a conversation about what we can do to help.

Remember, if you want delivery, don’t buy a Digiorno.

Employment Verification | A No Brainer for Hiring Employers

When you’re looking into a potential new hires’ eyes, and they tell you why they’re a great fit for the job, they might not be lying. They very well could be a great person to fill the position. You look down at the resume and back at them. It seems almost too good to be true. They have experience working in your industry, they’ve worked in a higher position than they are seeking, and they have more years in the industry than candidate B.

Candidate B seems a little nervous. You can tell this is important to them, and they’ve told you they know their experience in the industry might not be the highest, but they’ve worked so hard to get this opportunity. All you can think about is the confidence in the eyes of candidate A, who you KNOW has what it takes to perform at a high level, because they’ve “been there before.”

Who do you go with? Do you verify the dates and positions listed in the resume of candidate A? You could see they were confident, and have time invested. What could happen if you don’t?

Did You Know?

86% of people surveyed by HireRight in 2015 indicated that verifying employment revealed candidates who lied on their resume. This means something, anything related to their work history, was a lie. Still trust candidate A? There may be gaps in employment for reasons out of the candidate’s control, but there might also be intent to show off they are more than qualified, when in reality they aren’t.

Reasons Someone Might Lie About Employment History

  • Small Business Venture
  • Maternity Leave
  • Return to School
  • Incarceration
  • Extend Job Start/End Date
  • Boost Job Title for Higher Salary

As a qualified and experience background check company, Employment Screening Services provides employment verification included in our background check packages. You should always make sure your potential hire is being truthful in their resume, as well as throughout the interview process. Trust is all you have at the beginning of a working relationship, and if you hire the wrong person, you face threats of having to retrain after a failed hire, workplace accidents, financial mistakes, and much more. To talk to someone from ESS about employment verification checks, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

College Football Player Dies During Workout, Strength Coach Not Certified

Employment Screening Services is a company that prides ourselves on ensuring your organization hires the right man or woman for the job. The way we go about this is by verifying and checking the background of your potential new hire, and ensuring that they are completely honest and compliant with your organization’s regulations. Education and employment verification is something we specialize in. The following story is a very tragic one.

This past June, a teenager attended his football workout. The temperature was 81 degrees. A hot day, but nothing out of the ordinary. Running the workouts that day would be Ross Bowsher, the head football sports performance coach. Tyler Heintz, 19, was enrolled in early summer classes and preparing to fulfill his long term goal of playing division 1 football at Kent State. As an incoming freshman, he had yet to even strap on the pads, as this was a summer preseason workout, to show dedication and commitment.

That morning, Tyler Heintz would collapse around 9am. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

A tragic story of a young man destined to fulfill his dreams. The cause of death was initially undetermined, but has now been determined was due to hyperthermia (inability of the body to properly cool itself). This was one of 35 college football players that have died since 2000. 29 of those deaths were related to outside preseason conditioning or offseason drills.

One of the things the NCAA has done to combat this problem is requiring all strength coaches to be certified by a sanctioning body. This was a change made in 2015, after Bowsher had been employed at Purdue and Arkansas Tech. He clearly had no intention of harming any of the players, as he was employed to strengthen and condition his players. He was entering his 2nd year as the strength coach at Kent State. 

Following Heintz’s death, both certification bodies, the National Strength Coaches Association and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association reached out to CBS Sports to tell them that Bowsher was not certified by either association.

A teenager died during a workout with an uncertified strength coach.

So what does this have to do with background screening? Well, what we do is prevent organizations from hiring someone who is unqualified. Depending on the industry, which all have different regulations, we check and maintain that everything on their work history is verified, and ensure that any obligatory accreditations are met. This helps prevent lawsuits. Lawsuits like the one that will probably be instituted on the case of Tyler Heintz. Though the coach had been certified in “Personal Training” from IUPUI, which is a program designed to prepare students for accreditation tests, he was never formally certified.

This not only causes a bad look for the University and it’s administration, but is going to lead to a hefty lawsuit. The Conditioning Coaches Association Executive Director has this to say about the matter.

“Today, the way liability is, if you’re not certified by an accredited organization you’re walking on thin ice.” Lawsuits could be $20 million-$30 million dollars. I can’t imagine hiring someone without the appropriate credentials.”

A tragic story of a young man losing his life. An unfortunate example of how improper hiring practices and failing to ensure all regulations are verified can end up costing massive amounts of money to an organization.

Million Dollar Embezzlement Part 2 | Woman Sentenced to Face Jail Time

Here on our blog back in January, we featured a story here in Western New York of a woman working for a local car dealership that embezzled over $1 Million over the course of her career. As it all turned out, the amount of money far surpassed a million. We are talking some serious cash. When it was all said and done the 55 year old who worked for the car dealership had caused a loss of over $4.1 Million!

This woman had worked for the company for 15 years before anyone noticed anything. Trust is one of the most, if not the most important factors in any employer/employee relationship. Knowing that you can trust your team to work hard and always do the right thing is paramount when hiring new employees. In this case however, trust was the one thing hiding the truth from this woman’s employer.

“Through all of this I never got a chance to apologize to the ‘family’ for what I’ve done to them,” she said tearfully. “They treated me like family. I wish I could pay it all back.”

A family-run company, the business was started 48 years ago, and employs over 420 people from around Buffalo and Western New York. Who would have thought that one woman could steal over 4 million dollars with no one noticing? Drug testing employees is one way to ensure you are hiring a solid person, but this woman wasn’t stealing to buy drugs or gamble. Why did she do it? She used the money to fund her love for buying and training horses for competitive dressage. She spent the money as she took it, to avoid anyone noticing.

She stood in front of the judge last Tuesday to find out that she will be going to prison. Though she could have faced the maximum sentence of 25 years, she will face 4-12 years. Members of the family who owned the company wrote letters to the court to try and lessen the sentence, because she did try to make payment restitution by selling everything she owned. Making up the full 4 million dollars however, that would be impossible. She owes the state $256,000 in taxes, and deducting the $1 million covered by insurance, the family’s loss was still over $2 million. After the woman does finally get out of prison, she will be paying $500 a month just to reduce that number, probably for life.

“The ‘family’ say they felt betrayed and have lost trust in people, especially after providing you with such a wonderful job and wonderful salary,”

Though justice has been served, and the company no longer employs the largest embezzler in the history of Erie County, the money remains in limbo and the owners of the company have lost trust in people. This clearly is a daunting example of how even in our own backyard here in WNY, you can find white collar criminals that are damaging the reputation of a company. When your company needs a new employee, you should always take every possible step to ensure you’re hiring someone you can trust.

Read the Full Story From the Buffalo News

Employment Screening Services provides background check services for any industry. We also offer employment drug testing that can be provided prior to employment or during. We take what we do seriously, and our background in law enforcement backs that up. Don’t go cheap when looking into background checks, because you get what you pay for. You could very well miss something on a potential employee’s record that could not only damage your reputation, but it could cost you money. Let this example of a family-owned company losing over $4 million ensure that you take every step necessary.

Data Shows Increase in Employee Cocaine, Marijuana and Amphetamine Usage

According to a recent report out of the New York Times, Employers across the country are experiencing increased difficulty in hiring protocol as job seekers and current human resources alike both refuse to take and/or are unable to successfully complete required drug tests.  The problem speaks to growing drug use in adult demographics as businesses increase efforts to cultivate safe workplace environments for staff.

While finding qualified and committed employees can be a considerable challenge, the reality is that drug use is a legitimate and expanding factor in filling open jobs in an economy that has stabilized since the 2008 recession.  The number of employees yielding positive results for illicit drug use increased for the second consecutive year in 2014 after having declined from 1988 to 2012.  In fact workplace urine tests that tested positive for illegal substances has risen a shocking 9 percent, according to Quest Diagnostics, a testing services and health care company.

Naturally, increasing drug usage is seen in some sectors more than others, putting a dent in the available labor pool for fields that typically experience higher levels of turnover and increased risks to employee safety — such as transportation and/or construction.

Even in the modern era of changing state marijuana laws — legalization of medical grade or, in some cases, general legalization, positive results increased in other drugs as we’ve recently covered.  Albeit Marijuana held onto its place atop commonly found drug usage.  Experts say there has been an undeniable increase in the number of people using Marijuana daily as usage has doubled from 2004 to 2014 alone and increased by nearly 8 time since 1992.  Interestingly enough, positive marijuana tests in states that have legalized the drug (Colorado and Washington) haven’t seen a significant increase compared the rest of the country.

Related: Positive Employment Drug Test Results Increase For 2nd Consecutive Year

With the alarming data pointing to increased drug usage, it remains integral for employers to screen efficiently, and perhaps more important, intelligently to ensure the quality employee base required to accomplish mutually beneficial goals.  Employment drug testing will save money, time and resources to ensure your first hire is the correct hire.  Whether your business’s unique demands require a hair follicle drug test, a urinalysis test or even NY license verification, it always benefits an employer to weed out any suspected substance abuse in both current or prospective employees.

For more information on how to set up any drug analysis your business requires, don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call at (716) 332-2274

Why E-Verify is Critical for ESS Clients

U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This diverse workforce contributes greatly to the vibrancy and strength of our economy, but that same strength also attracts unauthorized employment.

Employment Screening Services can protect your organization from investigation and fines related to violations that you may not even realize you may be committing.

Did you know that E-Verify, though seemingly easy to use, has strict policies that could result in your company being fined, in upwards of $3,200? For example, in the event that there was an error in the hiring process, and your company failed to comply with Form I-9 requirements, you will be fined at the very least $110, but potentially up to $1,100.

Other factors, like document fraud, such as forging documents or not ensuring accurate information will result in a $375 dollar fine. See the infographic for more in depth analysis of the fines associated with various infractions.

Failure to comply with the regulations of I-9 and E-Verify can result in more than just economic ramifications. Lack of attention to detail in this facet of documentation also puts you at risk legally, as well as the public reputation of your company. Don’t let oversight put your corporate image in a bad light.

All of our employees here at ESS have reviewed all of the rules and regulations of E-Verify in depth. We have extensive experience working with E-Verify, having used the service since 2011. We can watch over all of your documentation with I-9 and E-Verify, so you can get back to running your business and not agonize over Government regulations.

For employee verification and other pre employment screening services, please give Employment Screening Services a call today!