An interesting take by a judge last week when jailing Simon Macartney for fraud and using fake documents. Judge Andrew Goymer also condemned the employer for failing to make proper checks on a job applicant’s qualifications.
Get Surrey reports that Macartney was employed as the Driving Standards Manager for the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) for four years, earning more than £200,000. His job required him to assess whether paramedics were qualified to drive ambulances. He lied about his career as a police traffic officer and then produced fake certificates when challenged about his qualifications. He is now serving a three year sentence in prison.
The judge said SECAmb’s system of checking employees’ qualifications was a ‘disaster waiting to happen’, and the recruitment process used by the Trust ‘left much to be desired’ and ‘was thoroughly lax’.
Managers did not ask for original proof of qualifications when jobs were offered to applicants.
The judge said the offence had called into question public confidence in the ambulance service, which people had a right to believe had employed people qualified to do the work they were paid for.
Comments on the article include demands for Macartney to pay the tax payers’ money back.
Employers are under increasing pressure to make proper checks after a number of cases of CV fraud made headlines and questioned employers’ recruitment processes.
The reputation of your organisation is at risk if you don’t check who you’re employing. It’s easy to verify the claims made by applicants.
- Tell applicants you make thorough background checks when advertising your jobs.
- Ask for original certificates, not photocopies or scans.
- For most UK graduates you can check their degrees through www.hedd.ac.uk.