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AccuScreen.com Chairman to Share Secrets of Open Source Intel with Anti-Fraud Professionals

March 4, 2014 by  
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During March 11 Presentation, Kevin Connell will reveal how to go beyond Google and unleash the power of the Internet as an effective resource for gathering valuable information and intelligence.

 TAMPA,Fla. (PRWEB) March 4, 2014 — Kevin Connell, Chairman of AccuScreen.com, will demonstrate the advanced Internet research and investigative skills that are essential for all levels of the business enterprise, especially for those that investigate fraud, during a dinner presentation before the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Central Florida chapter March 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Connell will illustrate in non-technical terms the most current,comprehensive and cutting-edge Internet research techniques available today. Failure to use these techniques results in many valuable sources of intelligence going unknown and untapped. The fact is, acquiring useful and relevant Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) requires much more than just the ability to surf the Web.

“Finding the needed information isn’t simply a matter of entering the right keywords into a search engine,” Connell said. “Most people don’t know what they don’t know about online searching and miss far more relevant information than they find. I’ll show attendees how to go off the beaten path and develop a new range of powerful skill sets. My end goal is to make attendees more effective and efficient online.”

 Attendees will learn how to:

·         Conduct due diligence using the Web efficiently and legally

·         Find more information in less time when online,and make better sense of it

·         Create advanced searches on popular search engines, as well as Meta Search engines

·         Search public record sources

·         Mine social networking sites

·         Analyze the information they find and distinguish between reliable and unreliable information

·         Narrow research and focus on the best resources

·         Locate information on an individual or business

 

Attendees will leave with:

1)      Renewed confidence in their Internet search know-how

2)      The ability to find more useful & relevant information in less time

3)      An advanced ability to conduct Web searches that are legal and compliant

4)      A list of websites and search tools linked to intelligence collection objectives

5)      Proven search queries

6)      Checklists for each step in the process

 

This”how to” presentation will explain the step-by-step procedures required in conducting searches, providing up-to-date “screenshots” of each website used for visual reference. It will also feature tips, insider secrets, checklists, examples and “real world” case studies that will help attendees find information that was once unavailable and unreachable. Ultimately, the ability to find deep and hidden websites that return key intelligence while being in compliance with the law and privacy consideration is a necessary skill for Anti-Fraud professionals.

 

The dinner and presentation, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., cost $20.00 for ACFE Central Florida members, $25.00 for non-chapter members and $15.00 for students (with student IDs). Walk-ups are welcome but will only be accommodated if space is available. Connell’s presentation qualifies for one hour of CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for ACFE members. A light meal is included with the meeting fee. To register for the meeting, visit http://www.acfecentralfl.com/Meetings.htm.

 

CEO & Founder - Kevin Connell

About Kevin Connell

Kevin Connell is the Chairman and Founder of AccuScreen.com, a global background screening firm headquartered in Tampa Florida since 1994. He served as Director on the first Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Mr. Connell is recognized for his expertise on Open Source Intelligence and Background Checks. He has provided research and testimony as an expert witness in court cases. He was on the adjunct faculty of the University of South Florida for over a decade. He has spoken at numerous business, security and human resources conferences, including twice providing testimony before the Florida Supreme Court. He is widely quoted, is a published author, and has been featured on television, including Fox News and ABC News. Connell’s business experience spans over a quarter of a century.

 

About AccuScreen.com

Since 1994, AccuScreen Inc. has been an industry pioneer, leader and expert in employment background screening, specializing in criminal background checks. Its reports are delivered to companies across the world in a time matter of instantly to 72 hours.

 

Press Contact Information

Gertie Mallard-Teal

E-Mail: Gertie (at) accuscreen.com

AccuScreen.com

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25 Years Later: Remembering Sarah Philipps

December 21, 2013 by  
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Sarah Philipps, Julianne Kelly and Roommates of 15 Elgin in London

Sarah Philipps (middle), Julianne Kelly (2nd from left) and Sarah’s other roommates of Syracuse  London Study Abroad Program

The quote the tombstone reads: “Death Leaves a Heartache No One Can Heal, Love Leaves a Memory No One Can Steal.” I think it is accurately reflects upon the feelings that many of us feel when a loved one dies, especially a loved one who left this world WAY TOO SOON…at the precious and tender age of 20 years.

Sarah Philipps would have turned 45 on August 15th of this year and who knows what Sarah would have contributed to the world by this time, I say confidently that Sarah would have contributed tremendously because she was gifted beyond words can describe, I am certain that Sarah would have been married with several beautiful, gifted and smart children by now, just like Sarah, if only…if only… she had not been taken from this world, her future stolen by cowards this day 25 years ago.

They can call themselves whatever they want, they can try to justify their acts all they want, but when it comes down to it, they are cowards, and they have no cause. Killing innocent civilians on their way home to family and friends, for Christmas, those responsible for the bombings are nothing more than cowardly terrorists.

Sarah perished in her seat, 21 F, on December 21, 1988. Sarah was sitting alongside her good friend Julianne Kelly, from Needham, MA, also a student. Julianne was also a student studying abroad with the Syracuse University London program.  Both Sara, Julianne and the other 268 victims perished because cowardly terrorists planted a bomb inside a radio that was checked in as a baggage inside the 747′s cargo hold, The Pan Am 103 was named “Maiden of the Seas.”  I saw Sarah and her friend Julianne just a few weeks before December 21, when I was visiting London and Dublin around Thanksgiving 1988.

I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and lived about a mile from the Philipp’s family, and we attended the same schools together and played for our school’s athletic teams. I had the pleasure of spending time with Sarah Philipp’s, and her brother James “Fritz” Philipps while on vacation in London and Dublin in November of 1988.

Sarah was a student in her junior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying abroad in London with the Syracuse University program. Sarah, who was a very warm, smart and beautiful girl, had a great smile, a terrific sense of humor and a great laugh. If you ever had the chance to meet Sarah, you could not help but to like her, she had this radiance about her, a spirit that beamed brightly.

Sarah had an incredible quality about her, she had a personality that you would immediately connect with, you would never forget her, quite simply, Sarah radiated with love and, to me, she represented all that was good in the world.

On Saturday November 19, 1988, we tailgated at Jury’s before heading into the Boston College vs. West Point college football game dubbed “The Emerald Isle Classic.”  It was a day that I will never forget. I spoke with Sarah again just before heading back to Boston, presuming that we’d see each other over Christmas.

Sarah died on December 21, 1988 aboard Pan Am 103 because a cowardly terrorist planted a bomb in the 747′s cargo hold; the plane had departed London Heathrow just about an hour earlier when the plane’s signal was lost over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Sarah, you will never be forgotten…we love you and miss you…always.

A quarter of a century later, remembering Sarah Philipps and the 269 other victims of the Lockerbie Bombing.

“DEATH LEAVES A HEARTACHE NO ONE CAN HEAL, LOVE LEAVES A MEMORY NO ONE CAN STEAL”

 

Today Show Interview with Lucia Bone: NEW TIME August 20th 7:40 am EST

August 19, 2013 by  
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The TODAY SHOW interview with Lucia Bone, founder and Executive Director of the Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. will air tomorrow morning on August 20th @ 7:40 am.

This interview was originally to air on Monday August 20th; tune in tomorrow morning.

Lucia Bone Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. founder on Today Show August 19th

August 18, 2013 by  
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Lucia Bone Founder and Executive Director of the Sue Weaver CAUSE (Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment) will be on the Today Show tomorrow morning Monday August 19th 2013.

Lucia will discuss the tragedy involving her sister Sue Weaver, who was raped and murdered by a service worker that was dispatched to her Orlando home.

Unbeknownst to Sue, the department store that she contracted the work with sent two convicted felons to her home in the Doctor Phillips section of Orlando, one of the two criminals was Jeffrey Hefling, a twice convicted rapist that was out on parole at the time. NO BACKGROUND CHECK was conducted on these two felons; Hefling’s profile was even up on the Florida Sex Offender Registry.   http://bit.ly/FLsexoffender

If the company performed a criminal records check, they would have discovered Hefling’s criminal past and the company would have never hired him in the first place and this tragedy would have been prevented.

It’s important to note that the EEOC is trying to protect criminals like Hefling by suing companies that conduct criminal background checks. Just last month the EEOC initiated a lawsuit against BMW and Dollar General because they refused to hire individuals who had criminal records for violent crimes such as rape.

These companies check for criminal records when hiring new employees to protect their co-workers and customers from criminals who have committed heinous crimes like Hefling.

Remember the VICTIMS and their families, they are not statistics to be forgotten about, the VICTIMS have names.

[ Sue Weaver pictured below]

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AccuScreen.com’s CEO Kevin Connell Shared Internet-Based Fraud Investigation Methods

February 15, 2013 by  
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Fraud professional taught how to use the power of the Internet as an effective investigative research tool to a packed house on Tuesday, February 12

TAMPA, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2013 – Kevin Connell, chairman of AccuScreen, spoke at a dinner hosted by the http://www.tampabaycfe.org/ ACFE Tampa Bay Chapter this past Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern at the Marriott Tampa Westshore. His session illustrated in “non-technical terms” the most current, comprehensive and cutting-edge Internet research techniques available today. Finding the needed information isn’t simply a matter of entering the right keywords into a search engine.

The presentation opened up with a “Tour of Fraud Sites,” screen shots of actual websites that are used by fraudsters to assist them in their fraud schemes. These “fraud enabling” websites gave the attendees an idea of the extent of the fraud that happens. The remaining part of the presentation focused on Open Source Intelligence techniques to prevent or detect fraud for the fraud examiner’s case.

Acquiring useful and relevant http://www.accuscreen.com/blog/ Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) requires much more than just the ability to surf the Web – many valuable sources of intelligence are unknown and untapped. Most people “don’t know what they don’t know” about online searching and miss far more relevant information than they find. Attendees were taught how to go “off the beaten track” and develop a new range of skill sets, the end goal of making attendees more effective and efficient online was definitely reached. This was the “kit and caboodle” of Internet research, presented in layman’s terms.

From http://www.accuscreen.com/blog/ employment background screening, due diligence and public record checks to more in-depth “hidden” or “deep web” searches, having advanced Internet research and investigative skills is an essential requirement at all levels of a business enterprise, especially those that investigate fraud. Finding deep and hidden websites that return key intelligence while being in compliance with the law and privacy consideration is a skill needed for the anti-fraud professional.
The session was augmented by tips, insider secrets, checklists, examples and “real world” case studies that will helped attendees with information that was once considered unavailable and unreachable. Many of the websites shared in the session are free, but are unknown to most of the general population. Connell also covered some of the paid online database vendors.

Attendees learned how to:
• Conduct due diligence using the Web efficiently and legally
• Find more information in less time when online, and make better sense of it.
• Create advanced searches on popular search engines, as well as Meta Search engines ( searching by using a combination of several search engines)
• Search public record sources
• Mine social networking sites
• Analyze the information and be able to distinguish between reliable and unreliable information
• Narrow research and focus on the best resources
• Locate information on an individual or business

Attendees left with:
1) A renewed confidence in their Internet search know-how
2) The ability to find more useful & relevant information in less time
3) An advanced ability to conduct web searches that are legal and compliant
4) A list of websites and search tools linked to intelligence collection objectives
5) Proven search queries
6) Checklists for each step in the process

After this session, the attendees were able to:
• Utilize the Internet as an effective investigative research tool
• Conduct advanced Web research for use in http://www.accuscreen.com/blog/ online background checks, due diligence and public record research
• Perform Internet recruitment sourcing
Connell’s presentation qualified for one hour of CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for ACFE members.

Dropping the “F-Bomb” at Work: “W@!T%#F!”

January 31, 2013 by  
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Sarah Philipps & Pan Am 103: 24 Years Ago Today

December 21, 2012 by  
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Sarah Philipps (Middle) Julianne Kelly (shorts) 15 Elgin London. Video of Sarah with brother Fritz Philipps

24 Years ago today the tragedy of Pan Am 103 lingers, on this day in 1988, then 20 year old Sarah Philipps of Newton, MA (Newton North High School ’86) was seated in Seat 21F sitting next to her good friend Julianne F. Kelly of Dedham, MA (Dedham High School ’86) Seat 21E on their way home after completing the semester studying abroad with the Syracuse University study abroad program in London.

On December 21, 1988, 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 on the ground lost their lives when the Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland from a terrorist’s bomb.

A life stolen before it really began, like the 20 children and other victims from the shooting rampage in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary School, what contributions to society have we missed by these senseless killings? We will never know.

Remember the Victims, the Victim’s Parents, Families, and Friends of Pan Am 103, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and all of the other man-made genocides.

Sarah…you will never be forgotten…in loving memory of your precious life…

Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps

8/15/1968 – 12/21/88

“Death Leaves a Heartache No One Can Heal, Love Leaves a Memory No One Can Steal.”

Employee with Outstanding Warrant Kidnaps Boss and EEOC’s Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks (Final)

December 19, 2012 by  
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Employee with Outstanding Warrant Kidnaps Boss: Part III.

Let’s hypothetically say that Palermo fell under the protection of Title VII., even if the EEOC had gotten involved; their track record is inconsistent and the EEOC has been accused by many courts and employers for bringing forth investigations and lawsuits without any merit. Case in point, EEOC vs. Peoplemark; this case began in 2008 after and African American by the name of Sherri Lynn Scott accused the company of having a blanket policy of not hiring anyone with a criminal record, and accordingly, the EEOC brought a lawsuit against Peoplemark for alleging that Peoplemark had a blanket policy for not hiring anyone with a criminal record. The Commissioner at the time was Stuart Ishamuru, who said during testimony at the time:

Peoplemark “had a policy that denied the hiring or employment of ANY (emphasis added to the word “any” by Ishamuru) person with a  criminal record and that this policy unlawfully discriminated against black people in violation of Title VII.”

However, as it turned out Peoplemark had, in fact, hired 22% of the 286 so-called victims despite having felony criminal records. During the entire 3 year lawsuit and investigation, the EEOC only produced one name and that was of one Sherri Lynn Scott. Ms.Scott applied for work at Peoplemark one month after getting out of prison for multiple Felony convictions, including Home Invasion and Larceny. The EEOC lost this case as well as $751,942.00 in attorney’s fees and expert witness fees, all payable to Peoplemark.

After all of the numerous examination and analysis of EEOC vs. Peoplemark, there isn’t much mentioned about the key plaintiff in this case who actually was responsible for getting the wheels in motion going in the EEOC’s investigation and litigation of Peoplemark, which leaves the question, what ever happened to Sherri Lynn Scott? Turns out she has a lot in common with Chris Palermo. Both of them are felons, both have tempers, and both have multiple criminal records. But Sherri Lynn Scott was in a very high profile case with one of the government’s largest agencies, the EEOC. The EEOC might want you to forget about this case and Ms. Scott.

In the midst of EEOC vs. Peoplemark, Sherri Lynn Scott was arrested (and subsequently convicted) in Michigan on June 15, 2009 for Felonious Assault (aka Assault with a Dangerous Weapon). Ms.Scott was sentenced on September 21, 2009 and was sentenced to 1 ½ to 4 years in prison. Sherri Lynn Scott currently is on Parole, she was first paroled on September 21, 2011.

Time will tell if Ms. Scott will stay out of prison and can be gainfully employed. Palermo first must do his time before he is to get to the second chance stage. Ex-convicts face a range of challenges after release from prison; their biggest challenge can be finding a viable job. Here are just a few of the many organizations that help inmates after prison:

Safer Foundation www.saferfoundation.org

Second Chance www.secondchanceprogram.org

National HIRE* Network www.hirenetwork.org

*HIRE stands for Helping Individuals with Criminal Records

Employee with Outstanding Warrant Kidnaps Boss and EEOC’s Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks: Part II.

December 17, 2012 by  
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Employee with Outstanding Warrant Kidnaps Boss: Part II.

Palermo’s former boss should have taken into consideration the three “Green” factors that the EEOC recommends when conducting criminal background checks, which was reiterated in the EEOC’s new guidance on criminal background checks on April 25, 2012. The Green factors are based on the court case Green vs. Missouri Pacific Railroad, 549 F. 2d 1158 (8th Cir. 1977); this case involved an employer who had a “blanket” policy of not hiring anyone convicted of a crime. The court ruled that this blanket no hire policy of convicts was unlawful because such policy would have a disparate impact on minorities who are arrested and convicted at a higher rate. The courts have also ruled that disparate impact can still occur so long as there is a solid business necessity to back up such policy and that there are other factors met as well. Specifically any business that does criminal background checks for employment should consider these three (3) factors (aka “Green’ factors):

1.)  Nature of Crime & Gravity of Offense
2.)  Nature of the Job Sought
3.) Time Elapsed since Criminal Conviction & Rehabilitation Completed

Fast forward to present day…as it turns out, the former employee Chris Palermo who is now serving time at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men for his crimes, has continued his criminal behavior, both in and out of jail.

Palermo, also known as Inmate # 12437, is incarcerated in the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. After he was first booked into the New Hampshire State prison system; his incarceration has been anything but normal; he has had numerous fights with prison guards,  the most recent of which happened in October of 2011, and has escaped from prison once already.

Palermo has developed a rebellious and litigious reputation in prison as he has penchant for fights and filing lawsuits, here are just a few…Palermo vs. Coos County, Palermo vs. the Merrimack New Hampshire Department of Corrections and Palermo vs. the New Hampshire Department of Prisons, Palermo vs. William Wrenn, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Corrections, not to mention at least 3 other lawsuits, the common theme in all of his lawsuits are his claim that his Civil Rights were violated.

Palermo’s own recidivism rate went up even before he was released from prison as he attempted to escape prison. Palermo was apprehended by authorities on February 7 after he was spotted driving from a local bar. Palermo was in Keene for an appearance at the Cheshire Circuit County courthouse when he escaped inside of a parking garage near City Hall. He was charged with attempt to commit escape, resisting arrest or detention; receiving stolen property; disobeying an officer; driving after license revocation or suspension. This little adventure has upgraded Palermo’s case to the Cheshire County Superior Court.

One question one might ask how would our current hiring laws and the EEOC’s new enforcement guidelines on criminal background checks effect Palermo whenever he is released from prison in New Hampshire?

The answer is that because Palermo does not fall under the protections of Title VII., the EEOC would not be involved with his case, if he feels he has been discriminated against and passed over because of his criminal record, however, most employers who conduct criminal background checks are consistent in their hiring policy implementation and practice and would hold Palermo to the same standard for consistency and apply the Green factors to him as well as any other job applicant.

To be Continued…

Employee with Outstanding Warrant Kidnaps Boss and EEOC’s Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks

December 14, 2012 by  
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Employee with Outstanding Warrant Kidnaps Boss: Part I.

Back in 2007, Chris Palermo of Pittsburg, NH, a tiny town on the northern most part of New Hampshire was arrested after he kidnapped his boss. According to police reports, the employee Palermo forced his boss to drive him all the way to a train station in downtown Boston. According to the kidnapped boss, once at the train station, the suspect (his employee) forced his boss to purchase a train ticket so that he, Palermo, could escape outstanding arrest warrants. Palermo told his boss that he knew where his father lived, and threatened to cause harm to him if he did not cooperate. The suspect reportedly said that he had hurt other people in the past. Palermo was arrested and charged with Kidnapping, Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Several Outstanding Warrants from Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Incredibly, Palermo, after being arrested in Boston, phoned in bomb threats from his Jail Cell in downtown Boston, which led to widespread panic and the evacuations of two New Hampshire police stations, a courthouse, and his place of employment, Moose Alley Auto. Police were also tipped off that several automobiles could be booby-trapped with explosives, specifically, the vehicles at his place of employment, Moose Alley Auto, owned by his now ex-boss. This was first reported by WBZ in Boston.

Palermo, whose prior employment was in Gloucester Massachusetts as a fisherman, was charged during the previous autumn with stealing property in Lebanon, New Hampshire and was also wanted in Grafton County, New Hampshire for violating probation. Additionally, he had warrants for his arrest for failing to appear in court on numerous Assault and Battery cases in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which is in Essex County. Gloucester is the seaport where the fishing boat the Andrea Gail embarked on its tragic journey during the Perfect Storm of 1991, the tragic disaster was turned into a book in 1997 by Sebastian Junger and then Hollywood adapted it into a movie in 2000 starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

The “Perfect Storm” is also a cliché used in the workplace when an employee who did not undergo a criminal background check is unmasked, and disaster awaits like a ticking time bomb, a workplace violence incident is just one potential consequence when one ignores the past of a new hire. No doubt, a “Perfect Storm” was in the making with this fugitive from justice.

As reported at that time by the New Hampshire Union Leader:

The man whose bomb threats prompted a massive police response was sentenced to serve up to 7 years in the New Hampshire state prison.

Christopher Palermo, 30, of Pittsburg, NH was convicted on three counts of false reporting of explosives after a trial in Coos County Superior Court. At his sentencing hearing, Judge Timothy Vaughn sentenced Palermo to serve 3 1/2 to 7 years on all charges, with two of the charges suspended for 10 years.

Palermo was brought to trial after he called in bomb threats at the Pittsburg Police Department, the Colebrook District Court and a Pittsburg business where Palermo was formerly employed.

The threats prompted a massive response effort, including 39 state troopers from as far away as barracks in Tamworth and Concord, New Hampshire, as well as Fish and Game conservation officers, local police and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Coos County Attorney Keith Clouatre said it was clear from the evidence presented at trial that Palermo “intended to frighten three separate locations with his false report and the crimes should be treated separately.”

Clouatre asked that Palermo receive a 3 1/2- to 7-year sentence on one charge, a suspended 3 1/2- to 7-year sentence on another, and a 1- to 3-year sentence on the third.

Public defender Kirk Williams urged a lighter sentence with a time-served sentence.

“I am willing to believe Mr. Palermo’s plea for drug counseling was legitimate, and I hope he receives some,” Clouatre said. “However, the chaos and sheer waste of manpower that he caused clearly calls for a prison sentence.”

Palermo was also sentenced to 2 to 5 years on a probation violation of a burglary charge out of Grafton County, New Hampshire when he committed these offenses.

This outrageous, yet this true story points out the importance of performing criminal background checks on prospective employees before you hire them. Palermo’s former boss and unfortunate victim in this melee who was kidnapped could have prevented his ordeal by running a criminal background check on Palermo. Had he run a criminal background check, he would have discovered that Palermo had numerous criminal record convictions, as well as several outstanding warrants for his arrest, and accordingly, the employee, Palermo, would have never been hired.

To be Continued…

Workplace Violence: The Tragedy of PSA Flight 1771

December 12, 2012 by  
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Workplace Violence: The Tragedy of PSA Flight 1771

A Look Back 25 Years Later

Most people know December 7th as Pearl Harbor Day, as President Roosevelt said at the time in his address to Congress, “…a date which will live in infamy.”

What many people don’t know is another tragedy that occurred on the same date just 25 years ago on December 7, 1987. On this date 43 people were killed in a horrible Workplace Violence catastrophe involving a disgruntled ex-employee by the name of David Burke.

As background, Burke had a criminal past with crimes involving drug trafficking, shoplifting and auto theft. He was also a coward who enjoyed beating up his girlfriend. Burke, at one time, had cut the wires to his girlfriend’s car and had a continuous history of beating her badly. Burke had even threatened to kill her; ultimately, she had taken out a restraining order against him.

Burke brought the same problems to work with him where he was employed at US Airways. Burke’s former boss Ray Thomson fired Burke after stealing $69.00 from the flight attendant’s cocktail cart. After the firing, Thomson even received death threats through his work voicemail from Burke.

One important task US Air forgot to do after they fired Burke was to take back his airline employee credentials, specifically his Airport ID badge, this would prove to be a deadly mistake. Another problem was that a mindless co-worker agreed to lend his 44 Mangum Revolver to Burke. They guy who lent the gun to Burke, did not know at the time Burke’s purpose in attaining the weapon, nor did he know Burke had no intentions of returning the gun.

On Monday December 7, 1987, David Burke went to Thomson’s office where his intentions were to appeal his firing. Burke demanded his job back but Thomson refused, Burke’s appeal was denied. Afterwards, Thomson was heading home from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Pacific Southwest Flight #1771 as he normally commuted back and forth to work on this flight. What Thomson did not know when he boarded his flight that day was that David Burke purchased a ticket and boarded the same flight, Burke smuggled the 44 Magnum Revolver onto the plane by using his airline employee badge still in his possession to bypass security and the LAX airport metal detectors. 

Of significance, Burke purchased a one-way seat; it did not matter to him where the flight was going, because no one would reach their destination that day. As the official FBI investigation revealed, when the plane reached an altitude of 22,000 feet, Burke fired two shots killing his former boss, Ray Thomson.

A note was found written on one of the plane’s air sickness bags that read:

“Hi Ray, I think it’s sort of ironical that we ended up like this. I asked for some leniency for my family. Remember? Well, I got none, and you’ll get none.”

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recorded the cockpit door opening and a flight attendant telling the pilots “We have a problem.” The Captain replied, “What kind of problem?” Suddenly a shot was fired killing the flight attendant, followed by Burke’s reply “I’m the problem,” then two more shots were fired killing both pilots.  Burke then pushed the flight column forward causing the BAe-146 aircraft to go supersonic and plummet to the ground, the CVR recorded increasing windscreen noise then seconds before crashing there was silence as the plane broke the sound barrier before disintegrating into the rocky hillside of cattle ranch at 4:16 PM pacific time in San Luis Obispo county, near Cayucos, California.
 
David burke would now be known as the perpetrator of the single worst Workplace Violence tragedy in US History.

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, the PSA Flight 1771 case will be examined during a Workplace Violence webinar entitled “Work Place Violence: The 7 New Truths.”

You can register for this webinar at the link below:

http://www.accuscreen.com/webinars

Space is limited, register today.

The following is the official report issued on 01/04/89 by the National Safety Board (www.NTSB.gov)

NTSB Identification: DCA88MA008.

The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34799.

Scheduled 14 CFR PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

Accident occurred Monday, December 07, 1987 in SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1989

Aircraft: BRITISH AEROSPACE BAE-146-200, registration: N350PS

Injuries: 43 Fatal.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A RECENTLY DISCHARGED USAIR EMPLOYEE BOARDED PSA FLT 1771 AFTER HAVING LEFT A GOODBYE MESSAGE WITH FRIENDS. HE BYPASSED SECURITY AND CARRIED ABD A BORROWED 44 CALIBER PISTOL. A NOTE WRITTEN BY THIS PSGR, FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE, THREATENED HIS FORMER SUPERVISOR AT USAIR, WHO WAS ABOARD THE FLT. AT 1613, THE PLT RPTD TO OAKLAND ARTCC THAT HE HAD AN EMERGENCY AND THAT GUNSHOTS HAD BEEN FIRED IN THE AIRPLANE. WITHIN 25 SECONDS, OAKLAND CTR CONTROLLERS OBSERVED THAT PSA 1771 HAD BEGUN A RAPID DESCENT FM WHICH IT DID NOT RECOVER. WITNESSES ON THE GND SAID THE AIRPLANE WAS INTACT AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF FIRE BEFORE THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE GND IN A STEEP NOSE-DOWN ATTITUDE. THE CVR TAPE REVEALED THE SOUNDS OF A SCUFFLE AND SEVERAL SHOTS WHICH WERE APPARENTLY FIRED IN OR NEAR THE COCKPIT. THE PISTOL WAS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE WITH 6 EXPENDED ROUNDS. FAA RULES PERMITTED AIRLINE EMPLOYEES TO BYPASS SECURITY CHECKPOINTS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

CONTROL INTERFERENCE..INTENTIONAL..PASSENGER

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

SABOTAGE..INTENTIONAL..PASSENGER

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

EMOTIONAL REACTION..PASSENGER

Contributing Factors
SECURITY..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

Contributing Factors
PROCEDURE INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

Contributing Factors
INSUFF STANDARDS/REQUIREMENTS,OPERATION/OPERATOR..FAA(ORGANIZATION)

25 Years after Workplace Shooting in the Sky: Lessons Learned about Workplace Violence since PSA Flight 1771 Disaster – Webinar on Thursday 12/13

December 11, 2012 by  
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25 Years ago on December 7, 1987 one of the most shocking Workplace Violence disasters happened in California when recently terminated employee David Burke killed his former boss with a 44 magnum at 22,000 feet aboard PSA Flight 1771. Burke also shot to death the pilots and flight attendant before pushing the flight control column forward causing the aircraft to nose dive down killing all 43 people on board.

Human Resource Managers, Security professionals and Business leaders are invited to a Workplace Violence webinar this Thursday December 13 at 2:00 pm EST; Workplace Violence Prevention: The 7 New Truths offers employers, HR, Security and Airline industry professionals the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of two experts who have worked on the prevention of workplace violence for decades.

Individuals can register for this free webinar at: http://www.accuscreen.com/webinars

Hosted by AccuScreen.com, an industry pioneer, leader and expert in employment background screening, the webinar will feature CEO Kevin Connell and Barry Nixon, the executive director of the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc., a company focused on assisting organizations to effectively implement programs to prevent workplace violence. Connell, also an expert on the subject of workplace violence and on background checks, promises a content-packed discussion.

The webinar will address the issue of workplace violence, the warning signs to look out for, and why no company no matter how large or small is immune. The experts will not only speak about prevention, but they will cover best practices should a crisis occur.

Adds CEO Connell of AccuScreen.com, “We will highlight the key areas of Workplace Violence Preparedness, with an emphasis placed on prevention, including what we see in today’s business climate that should cause concern, we will look back 25 years to some of the lessons learned from PSA Flight 1771 up to present day with the more recent Workplace Violence shooting at a chicken plant last month in Fresno.”

Areas that will be covered in the workplace violence webinar:

• Key warning signs to watch out for
• How workplace violence has changed over the past 25 years
• Resources and tools to minimize the risk of having an incident in the first place
• Today’s best practices

Connell and Nixon will reserve time on the webinar for questions. They encourage participants to bring questions that they may have about workplace violence.

About AccuScreen.com and Kevin Connell:
Since 1994, AccuScreen.com has been an industry pioneer and global leader in employment background screening, specializing in criminal background checks. Its reports are delivered globally to companies across the world. CEO Kevin Connell founded the company with a burning desire that companies hire the right people from the start, resulting in greater cost control and better safety in the workplace. Mr. Connell served as a Founding Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), and he is a frequent Radio and Television Guest, appearing on ABC and Fox News.

About Barry Nixon
W. Barry Nixon is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc., a company focused on assisting organizations to effectively implement programs to prevent workplace violence. (http://www.WorkplaceViolence911.com ) Having spent over twenty years in Human Resources and Organization Development in Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Nixon is well grounded in the real issues companies face and develops practical solutions based on having been there. Mr. Nixon is a frequently requested speaker both in the US and abroad.

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