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Employment background checks

Escambia County School Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas, says hiring practices have changed since the former director of food services was hired two years ago.

Thursday, the State Attorney's Office filed felony fraud charges against Gail Szoboslay.  They say she lied on her job application about her work experience, education and arrest history. 

Thomas says in addition to going through an interview committee and a criminal background check, applicants are now subject to a financial investigation, especially for high level positions.
So what goes into background checks? 

Channel Three asked an employment firm.
Amie Remington works with Landrum Staffing, which helps job seekers and employers.
Remington says Landrum delves into job applicant's background.
They use the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to check criminal history.

"We really try to match the nature of the job with what the background check from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reveals" said Amie Remington, Landrum Staffing.

Remington says education history is also checked thoroughly, after an applicant gives permission to access personal information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

"Once somebody signs that waiver we are allowed to look at many different things and one of them is education" said Remington.

Remington says 99% of the time, job applicants are very honest.
We asked some people for ourselves.

"No matter what, I try to maintain an honest approach to doing the whole application process" said Jeff Brookins, Escambia County.

"I've always told the truth, why because I'm efficient in my work" said Rey Blount, Escambia County.