I Was Framed – “Career Criminal”

I Was Framed – “Career Criminal”

Are you about to hire a “Career Criminal”?  Our definition is when someone targets a particular job, position, or industry to place themselves in close proximity to their intended mark (target) so he or she can use their criminal expertise.  “I Was Framed – Career Criminal” Story 6  is inspired by a true story behind the scenes at Cluso, a Texas licensed Private Investigation Company.



The Real Story 

Creeping around in the middle of the night and opening a back window in Texas could get you SHOT.  If you thought like a criminal and wanted to steal possessions, you may realize it is easier and safer to work for a moving company.  Think about the last time you caught a person stealing from your business.  Did you call the tackle them, call the police, or did you just fire them?

Each criminal’s IQ  may vary but no doubt the smarter ones work for airlines when they want to steal airplane parts.  The most intelligent criminals are truly Experts in their field and gain your trust like white collar criminal Bernie Madoff.  You will like the person and may even respect him or her, but you will never see it coming.

Our client was hiring a contractor to be placed onto a project for a well known drug company.  We were required to run an extensive background check and it included state level criminal police reports.

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The state police report was delayed because it was a state which clears people quickly but delays several weeks if a record is found.  The background was for a person with a name like “Betty Jones” but the report showed a criminal history for a completely different name.  One of the listed aliases on the report was the alias we were provided by the candidate.  Was our client’s job candidate the criminal using another’s identity or was our job candidate the identity theft victim? The cases listed on the background report were drug related, some charges were minor and at least one felony was listed.  The felony was old however.

Our number one priority is to determine if the police report is a match to our candidate.  We work on identity before we even consider whether the cases are supposed to be listed on a background check report.  The reason is that if the candidate is using another name in applying to a job with our candidate, the rest of the background may have been conducted with the wrong identifiers.  So cases in other places may also have been missed by our searches using the name we were provided.  When we did the identity cross-check the name provided, address and date of birth all appeared to match, and the name on the police report was not listed as a  known alias.  We stay neutral awaiting the outcome; We have seen situations like these go either way.  Some people are cleared and some are not.

To get to the bottom of the issue, we contacted the state police.  Since the police report didn’t come with a picture/mugshot, we asked if our candidate was a match to the police report we received (or was our candidate just an identity theft victim of a known criminal.)  We asked for a DL copy and it came from the candidate pretty grainy and passed it along to the police.  They said the picture looked like a match and the person was a serious felon with drug trafficking history.

When we returned the information with our final report, the candidate said there was some mistake or mixup, so we directed the person to the police department to sort it out.  The investigators here were wondering if she would go into the police, admit she was the drug trafficker, or if she would drop her dispute.  But we could not have anticipated another possibility.

The next day she said her daughter was found dead the day before and the story was on the national news.  The news matched her last name and reporters said the person was from the same major city.  The employer said she withdrew from consideration from the job because she is too upset to take on a new job due to her shocking circumstances.  Wow.  What’s the statistical probability on a death in the family keeping you from proving your innocence at the police station?

Was it true?  If you read our other stories you will find another one about a person which embezzled and quit (before being found out) due to her mother’s death.  This excuse appears to be a standard criminal practice. 


Take a few minutes to think about every position as if it were a target for wrong-doing.  What attractions are there for criminals to be employed by your business or for the position you are hiring for.  Embezzlers love accounting jobs.  Thieves love moving companies and in-home care and cleaning jobs.  Drug dealers want access to prescription drugs.   Assess your risk for the positions and make screening plan of attack appropriate for your risk.  Hiring a thorough and accurate investigation company makes a huge difference in stopping candidates intending harm to your company.


Criminals prey on your good nature.  If you find you are listening to an “unbelievable story” it may not be true and only used as a diversion tactic.  Stay neutral and keep asking questions and eventually you will get to the truth.  We find the truth only comes out after we have cornered the person and keep running down the excuses provided [until there are no excuses left but to admit the truth.]


I Was Framed : Episode 1 – “Identity Theft

I Was Framed : Episode 2 – “Seven Year Background Check

I Was Framed : Episode 3 – “Already in Prison”

I Was Framed : Episode 4 – “Jon Smith”

I Was Framed : Episode 5 – “Good News, Bad News” 


5 Comments to “I Was Framed – “Career Criminal””

  1. […] In 2012 I wrote an article called the “Clever Embezzler.”  In the article I highlighted clever ways embezzlers steal from companies and what business owners can do to protect themselves.  In light of this news, I am republishing this article hoping you take the time to read it.  You may notice $16.6 million missing if it disappeared all at once but it doesn’t happen that way.  Often embezzlement goes on for years in smaller amounts sucking the life out of your business.  Greed and overconfidence are what usually catches these criminals but by then it may be too late for your company to recover.  In our comic strip “I Was Framed – Career Criminal”, we talk about how criminals are drawn to particular jobs or certain industries.  Most embezzlers are very good at accounting. […]

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