Blog

 
     

Charity Director Accused of Theft Was Convicted of Similar Crime

By Michael Klazema on 8/30/2012

A Spartanburg, South Carolina charity that provides services to low-income residents is now looking at nearly $40,000 less in their funds to help the needy. Former director of TOTAL Ministries, Karen Bradley, was arrested on charges that she stole from the charity. After her arrest, it was discovered that she also committed a similar crime about 13 years ago. Bradley admitted to stealing $11,000 from a Mobile Alabama non-profit in 1999. Bradley acted as the executive director for TOTAL Ministries from July 2010 until March 2012, at which time she was fired. When Bradley began working for the charity, they were not performing background checks on potential employees.

In 1998, Bradley was working for the Mobile Arts and Sports Association (MASA) as a ticket manager for a charity football event known as the Senior Bowl. MASA said they have donated millions of dollars to charities in the community since 1951. An audit revealed the non-profit was missing thousands of dollars from the time Bradley was employed with them. She was later arrested and in 1999 pleaded guilty to stealing $11,000, receiving a one year suspended sentence. This time, Bradley stands accused of allocating nearly $40,000 of TOTAL Ministries’ funds for personal use. She also used the charity’s credit card for purchasing groceries, personal electronics, meals, and more. After receiving information that there was a problem with the books, the board of directors fired Bradley.

Now, TOTAL Ministries faces a possible fine from the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office for making false statements. All non-profits in the state are required to register with the office to solicit forms, and must vow on the form that none of their directors or board members has committed any crimes against a charitable organization in the U.S. Since the charity failed to perform a background check on Bradley, they said no. Mark Hammond, S.C. Secretary of State, is asking TOTAL why they would check no to the question without checking the backgrounds of their employees. TOTAL’s interim director, Traci Kennedy, said she was unaware of Bradley’s criminal past, and going forward they will perform background checks on all of their employees. Bradley has been charged with fraud and is currently awaiting sentencing.

Don’t let your business be held liable for dishonest employees. If your business is not performing regular background checks, you could potentially be facing fines, lost business, and worse. Take control of your hiring practices. By using a reputable company like backgroundchecks.com, you can be assured you are getting the best and most thorough background check screening techniques available.With access to countless criminal databases nationwide they have many options available, several with instant results. Their Ongoing Criminal Monitoring tool allows you to automatically run a continuous background check against a name and date of birth. You will be notified via email of any new information that may appear on their record. They will run the name for one year and remind you when it is time to renew the monitoring, plus you can remove the name from being monitored at any time.

About backgroundchecks.com -

backgroundchecks.com - a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) - serves thousands of customers nationwide, from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies by providing comprehensive screening services. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with an Eastern Operations Center in Chapin, S.C., backgroundchecks.com is home to one of the largest online criminal conviction databases in the industry. For more information about backgroundchecks’ offerings, please visit www.backgroundchecks.com.

Source: http://www2.wspa.com/news/2012/jul/25/19/spartanburg-police-former-non-profit-director-took-ar-4194932/


Author:

Tag Cloud
Categories
Recent Posts

Latest News

  • December 11 The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General criticized a migrant youth detention center on the border for not running the proper background checks. Federal law requires the facility to screen all employees with FBI fingerprint checks.
  • December 06 In a bid to combat money laundering and illicit funding sources for terrorists flowing through the country's real estate sector, Singapore's government now mandates background checks for buyers purchasing properties prior to development.
  • December 04 What is a reference check? How does it vary from a work history check? We explore these questions and others.
  • December 04 Chicago Public Schools has dismissed hundreds of employees, coaches, vendors, and volunteers based on background check findings. The district recently vowed to re-check the majority of its 68,000 employees after a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed holes in its background check policies.
  • November 29 Striving to create a safer environment more conducive to productive training and leadership development, the Army has recently moved to adopt a uniform policy of background checks for certain roles. 
  • November 27 For hiring managers to verify the information provided on a resume, verification is essential.  Such is the purpose of employment history background checks.
  • November 27 California’s biggest public school district is waiving the cost of volunteer background checks. The move is meant to encourage more family - and community members to get involved with the school district.
  • November 22 Contractors play an important role in the workforce, delivering services to both individuals and organizations. Vetting contractors for suitability continues to be a challenge, as two recent articles prove.
  • November 21 When it comes to background and pre-employment checks, it can be instructive to look at the characteristics of the ten most massive U.S. employers.
  • November 21

    Verification checks are a powerful way to assess how truthful a job candidate has been on his or her application or resume. These checks can verify work history, education verification, professional licenses, and favorable personal qualities.