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After Felon's Hiring, Department of Revenue Tightens Criminal Checks

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: October 6, 2011 3:55 AM

Amid an ongoing investigation into how a convicted felon was hired by the state Department of Revenue, the agency this week implemented new policies on criminal-background checks of new applicants and current employees.

As revealed last month by Sunshine State News, Deon McCrimmon was hired as a tax specialist at Revenue while she was serving probation for a federal wire fraud conviction in Georgia. Less than seven months prior to her hiring, McCrimmon had pleaded guilty to concealing her $139,169 back-tax bill with the IRS when she applied for a home loan.

While the inspector general's office at Revenue investigates the agency's conduct in hiring McCrimmon, department administrator Lisa Vickers announced new policies covering criminal-background checks.

Effective Oct. 1, current employees will undergo criminal history record rechecks every five years.

Employees working and living in Florida will have a Florida-only recheck. Employees working and living outside Florida will have a national recheck, including fingerprinting.

The department said 20 percent of its 5,100 employees will be rechecked every year, beginning with workers who have the oldest criminal history record checks on file.

"Failure to disclose a criminal history is considered a violation of Revenue's standards of conduct and may result in disciplinary action," the agency order stated.

As for new hires, the department directive said the new system's electronic fingerprinting system will be an improvement over the old paper fingerprint cards. Additionally, the agency said, "pre-employment criminal history record checks [will] reduce the risk of hiring a candidate who has a serious, undisclosed criminal background."

Comparing key provisions of the new policy with previous procedures, DOR spokeswoman Renee Watters said the new rules call for a pre-employment record check versus a record check at the time of employment, and that employee rechecks are to be conducted on all workers on a five-year recurring basis instead of occurring only at promotion, demotion, reassignment or transfer.

"The department continuously updates and improves policies and procedures with regard to criminal history records checks," Watters said.

But critics who blew the whistle on McCrimmon say the new policy has possible loopholes.

First, the exclusion of out-of-state background checks of employees living and working in Florida could overlook mischief beyond the border.

Second, the failure-to-disclose provision says only that disciplinary action "may" be imposed. Without the stronger legal term, "shall," the rule is left open to subjective interpretation and enforcement.

McCrimmon -- whose previous employment as a financial institutions examiner at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Georgia ended three months prior to her conviction -- has been "temporarily reassigned" by the Department of Revenue while the IG investigation is ongoing.

Garnering four promotions in five years, McCrimmon earns $43,701 annually as a "revenue administrator II." She lives in the Gadsden County town of Greensboro, where the federal government has a $24,775 lien on her home -- the exact amount she was ordered to pay in restitution for her Sept. 6, 2004, conviction.

Though it is unclear if McCrimmon disclosed her conviction on her original application to DOR in 2005, she listed it on a subsequent application for an internal promotion in 2010.

The DOR form, obtained by Sunshine State News, states:

"A 'YES' answer to these [criminal record] questions will not automatically bar you from employment. The nature, job-relatedness, severity and date of the offense in relation to the position for which you are applying are considered."

The Department of Revenue, which collects more than $30 billion in taxes and fees annually, is the state government's largest financial institution.

Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 801-5341.


Comments (21)

kirkgilbert
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Prudy
9:11PM DEC 29TH 2011
Whoever wrote this, you know how to make a good airtcle.
Xaria
9:55AM DEC 27TH 2011
That's the best aneswr of all time! JMHO
Lewis
1:40PM NOV 9TH 2011
Until you can provide proof to back your accusations, keep your Balls offline making stupid unfounded comments and stop judging people. Whomever you may be, you made yourself looked real bad with this one. air max shoes shox shoes discount nfl jerseys football jerseys nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys nfl jerseys This was an over sight on her part but the mistake was just tht a mistake.") , once again a defense attorney would have surely called the "loan officer" to the stand , "Sir/madam, did you fill out the mortgage form for Ms McCrimmon, yes or no ?" per Spencer they would have answered "YES" to that question, once again a very strong defense item here. cheap air max shoes cheap shox shoes cheap jordan shoes new jordan shoes cheap gucci shoes cheap timberland boots wholesale hats
TWBofDOR
7:14AM OCT 15TH 2011
Every weeknight at approximately 9pm we get together online and go over the criminal indictment, the criminal judgement , all the comments that provided some insight into what may have happened. Something just isn't right about your pleading guilty to a federal charge of "Wire Fraud", you had to know if you plead guilty you would be immediately terminated from a $60,000 year or more job, right ? You had to know a conviction to a crime of this magnitude would seriously damage your chances of ever getting another job with any government agency , state or federal (Unless it was those morons with the Department of Revenue, that is, by the way who put you on to that job opening). Another point that doesn't make sense, if as Spencer says and we quote from his comment ( "Now the truth is that this lady did sign off on the home loan application and the amount of the monthly income was incorrect but it was enterd in incorrectly by the loan officer not Ms. McCrimmon. Her only mistake was rushing and not taking the time to read over the douments carefully and once she signed off on the loan forms it ment tht all information on the form was correct. This was an over sight on her part but the mistake was just tht a mistake.") , once again a defense attorney would have surely called the "loan officer" to the stand , "Sir/madam, did you fill out the mortgage form for Ms McCrimmon, yes or no ?" per Spencer they would have answered "YES" to that question, once again a very strong defense item here. WHY DID YOU PLEAD GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD,DEON.
In our opinion you could have walked out with no record , no probation, no wrecked employment history, still have been making $60,000 a year or more now. Like we said at the beginning something just isn't right why you would have plead "GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD"
Deon, your Peers and maybe the IG's Office (No we take that back) they're an iept bunch of morons still trying to find out for you who busted you on the wire fraud charge, so you can keep your job, REMEMBER YOUR PEERS, ALL THE STATE REPS, STATE SENATORS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE AND A WHOLE LOT OF TAXPAYERS, BUSINESSOWNERS AND VOTERS WANT TO KNOW
TWBofDOR
7:11AM OCT 15TH 2011
Pro, Con or Neutral in opinion we hope you will share this with other voters and taxpayers of the State of Florida. An informed citizenry is
freedom at its best. Here are the links to the websites and other
articles as well as the download site for all of the public documents
that have been uncovered and emails sent to government officials.

Here they R

http://bit.ly/mSuR76

http://bit.ly/rrkcWW

http://bit.ly/qGHrl2
TWBofDOR
7:09AM OCT 15TH 2011
DOWNLOAD LOCATION OF FILES

The Public Information files associated with this and other news articles can be viewed or downloaded from here:: http://bit.ly/mSuR76

The Public Information files are::
The Criminal Indictment United States of America vs Deon McCrimmon
The Criminal Judgement United States of America vs Deon McCrimmon
Email to Executive Director Lisa Vicker
Email to members of the Florida Senate
Blank
9:15PM OCT 12TH 2011
Why so much talk about Ms. Deon McCriminal....ooops, I meant to say Ms. Deon McCrimmon...lol.
Judge Roy Bean
7:27AM OCT 13TH 2011
Well young fellar or young lady,

There is no law against being a moron so that leaves Deborah out of the news.

There is no law against being an inept, fat , obese , ugly ,and horrible dresser so that leaves Robert out of the news.

There is no law against being a overpaid, hypocrite so that leave
Lee out of the news

There is no law against being a chain smoking, should have retired
moron , so that leaves Jim out

I guess we will have to stick with the real criminal Deon.
Carnac the Magnificent
8:32PM OCT 8TH 2011
Carnac the Magnificent Predicts::
100% Will Happen before 1/1/2012
Deon will not be employed by the State of Florida
Deon will turn on her friends and supporters trying to save her job
Deon will say "I was just doing my job"
Deon will throw Bob, Deborah, and Frank under the bus

50% Surety: Deon will be in jail
Bob, Deborah and Frank will be toast
Jimbo will retire quickly
Lisa will clean house or lose her job

Anyone is welcome to keep score
Carnac knows ALL
TWBofDOR
7:30AM OCT 8TH 2011
Let's review this for a moment, "A 'YES' answer to these [criminal record] questions will not automatically bar you from employment. The nature, job-relatedness, severity and date of the offense in relation to the position for which you are applying are considered.", especially the part "The nature, job-relatedness, severity and date of the offense in relation to the position of which you are applying are considered"

McCriminal was applying for a Tax Specialist Position, job deals with taxpayers and their tax issues (State of Florida taxes) a financial issue.

McCriminal had been convicted within the past year of "Wire Fraud" a major finanial crime and was on probation for the crime at the time of her being hired.

What team of inept morons hired this criminal and what group of morons did the "Due Diligence" on her application. Wait just in to the
TWB team it seems Mickey Mouse has admitted he ran the review of
McCriminal's application.

OBTW, Lisa your new background check has more holes in than a
block of the best Swiss cheese. Really, do you think could Ted Bundy could have gotten a job with the Department of Revenue the way you do background checks, I think he could ??
none
12:12PM OCT 8TH 2011
I can't understand how people jump on the "bandwagon" anytime someone personal affairs are made public. I see all of you attacking Deon but did one person ask themself what ever happened to the people that started this becasue they were wrongfully fired. Ask around i think they will tell you they lost their case they were not rehired so all of this for nothing. He without sin cast the first stone...
TWBofDOR
2:24PM OCT 10TH 2011
CORRECTED VERSION SPELL CHECK RAN AMUCK

None or should we call you (Dorian). We will give you credit your grammar has improved somewhat, but please keep working on it if you would be so kind. We did not jump on the bandwagon, we are the bandwagon. We didn't lose a court case because we never filed one. We were not fired because we are our own bosses. Dorian, who are you referring to then ? We didn't attack Deon, we just ask her questions and are still waiting for her to answer and we pointed out only hard verifiable facts.

Personal affairs hardly and we so beg to differ, public records yes would be more correct. That after all is how we found out Deon was a convicted felon a "FACT" young man. We don't ask you to understand just to observe and make your own mind up is Deon a convicted criminal or is Deon not a convicted criminal ??

Why would the outcome of another case affect the facts we have uncovered, you seem to be putting forth spin to coverup a criminals wrong doing.

Dorian (None) is it a sin to tell the truth, we defy you to show one thing in any of our comments that is a lie or a half truth. When you ask questions you never lie, only the person that responds can lie and as of yet Deon is neither a liar or a teller of truth. Deon is ,how would you say, non-responsive. We do so wonder why no reply.
TWBofDOR
1:52PM OCT 10TH 2011
My Dear Dorian(None),

We will give you credit your grammar has improved somewhat, but please keep working on it if you would be so kind. We did not jump on the bandwagon, we are the bandwagon, we didn't lose a court case because we never filed one, we were not fired because we are our on bosses. Whom are you referring then ? We didn't attack Deon we just ask her questions and ware still waiting for her to answer and we and we pointed out facts. Personal affairs hardly , we beg to differ, public records would be more correct, that is how we found out Deon was a convicted felon a "FACT" young man. We don't ask you to understand just to observe and make your own mind up is Deon a convicted criminal or is Deon not a convicted criminal ?? Why would the outcome of another case affect the facts we have uncovered, you seem to be putting forth spin to coverup a criminals wrong doing. Dorian (None) is it a sin to tell the truth, we defy you to show one thing in any of our comments that is a lie or a half truth. When you ask questions you never lie, only the person that responds can lie and as of yet Deon is neither a liar or a teller of truth. Deon is ,how would you say,
non-responsive. We do so wonder why.
A.C. Doyle
1:25PM OCT 8TH 2011
Might I ad , those that live in glass house should not throw stones.
All will come clear very shortly, things are afoot for those that know
and for those uninformed they still hang on till truth shall open their
eyes to evil, time my friend is a blessing to the innocent and a curse
to the guilt, let her enjoy this time it will not last much longer.
TWBofDOR
11:26AM OCT 7TH 2011
Lisa please forgive us for this oversight and for not pointing out the hole in your new policy. Now we know for every criminal you may have working for you there are also thousands of good law abiding employees working there. Here is a problem as we see it , those employees that work in Tallahassee and live in Georgia are they going to be vetted by GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) or is DOR going to let this slide by. We still have a really big concern about that lack of vetting the federal criminal databases, remember that was where you messed up on finding out the criminal past of one Deon McCrimmon, BTW is that criminal still working for you ??
TWBofDOR
11:24AM OCT 7TH 2011
OPEN LETTER/MESSAGE TO LISA VICKER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

How do you like this news article wasn't it great and best of all for us it not only answered a bunch of questions but begged for others to be answered, by you or our state representatives, we'll give you a chance to respond first to the Sunshine State News .

Questions::

1. Please provide the votes and taxpayers (remember us) , your
real bosses. Don't believe it wait to the next election dear.
Oh yea back to the issue , what are the top 5 or 10 state or federal crimes that are causes to possibly (unless you know someone) have your employment terminated or if a new applicant be denied employment.

2. If you list crimes are they considered retroactive to lets say 2005

That's it two easily answered question should take your mouthpiece less than 30 minutes to draft an response.

We'll be watching, the girls, ok seniored citizens of TWB
Robert Lloyd
2:35PM OCT 6TH 2011
The real story here (and crime) is that there are 5,100 'criminals' in this gov't agency.
FDOR employee
10:08AM OCT 9TH 2011
Really, Robert? Every single FDOR employee is a criminal? That's just as silly as me saying every person named Robert Lloyd is a moron. We know that's not possible, that it's only you.
None
9:07AM OCT 8TH 2011
Robert how in the world can you make a statement like that. You dont know all the people that work at that agency and it is very unfair that you make that kind of judgment on everyone without knowing them at all. People like you is the reason this world is going to hell. Until you can provide proof to back your accusations, keep your Balls offline making stupid unfounded comments and stop judging people. Whomever you may be, you made yourself looked real bad with this one. I can judge you by your comment, but I will not. Feel me.

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