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AccuScreen CEO to speak on the Risks posed to Employers who conduct Social Media Background Checks

May 5, 2014 by  
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AccuScreen CEO Kevin Connell will be one of the featured speakers at the Greater Pensacola SHRM’s Annual Legal Conference to be held in Pensacola on May 14th. Connell will be speaking on the topic of social media screening and the dangers and risks posed to employers who use social media background checks in the hiring process. In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held hearings on employer’s use of social media in the workplace, and at the state level, twelve states have laws that place specific restrictions on employers who are tempted to use social media in the screening of prospective employees.

 

AccuScreen.com CEO to Reveal Secrets of Open Source Intelligence with Investigators Nationwide

April 25, 2014 by  
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In his April 28th presentation, Kevin Connell will divulge how to go beyond Google and unleash the power of the Internet as an effective resource for gathering valuable information and intelligence.

TAMPA, FL (PRWEB) April 25, 2014 — Kevin Connell will be speaking at the annual meeting of the Association of Investigative Managers (AIM) on April 28th in Orlando, Fl. He will be delivering his popular “Open Source Intelligence for Investigators” presentation, revealing advanced Internet research and investigative skills essential for all levels of the business enterprise, especially for those involved in the field of investigation.

Connell will illustrate, in layman’s 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 precisely what an investigator needs on the Internet isn’t as simple as inserting a few keywords and ‘Googling it’.” Connell said. “Most people don’t know what they don’t know about doing online research and miss far more relevant information than they find. In the process, they waste a lot of time and energy getting to the information that is relevant to their investigation. 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, getting to the heart of what they need and saving valuable time in the process.”

Attendees will learn how to:
- Conduct due diligence using the Web efficiently and effectively
- 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 and 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

This how-to presentation will explain step-by-step procedures required in conducting Internet 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 anyone in the field of investigation and protection.

About Kevin Connell
Kevin Connell is the CEO and Founder of 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
Established 20 years ago in 1994, AccuScreen.com 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 accurately and quickly with turnaround times from instantly to 72 hours.

Media Contact:
Gertie Mallard-Teal

Gertie(at)AccuScreen(dot).com
410 S. Ware Blvd. Suite 607
Tampa, FL 33619
1.813.837.1920 Ext # 1104

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

http://www.accuscreen.com/ 813-837-1920

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]

Sue Weaver Picture

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…

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