By Daniel Hunter

With the story this week that a London PA conned her employer out of £17,000 after failing to disclose a previous workplace fraud, employee screening experts at global risk consultancy The Risk Advisory Group are warning employers of the danger of being too trusting during the recruitment process.

Gabrielle Yinka Saunders used the money stolen from the City investment firm to fund her wedding and honeymoon. The judge in the case commented: “You did not disclose your previous dishonesty to your employers who were prepared to take you on as an administrative assistant on a good salary.”

However Michael Whittington, Head of Employee Screening at The Risk Advisory Group, says that an employee failing to reveal information about their past is not an excuse for businesses hiring a rogue candidate.

“It’s no surprise that job candidates will aim to hide details they’d prefer a potential employer not to know about — whether that’s a minor detail or in this case something very significant,” he comments. “But it’s a two-way process. Employers need to be aware of these vulnerabilities when putting people into positions of trust and conduct thorough background checks to ensure they are hiring the right person.”

“Don’t take any information at face value; delve into the detail and then verify it. And then verify it again. This story is proof that failing to validate a candidate’s credentials can have both a financial and reputational impact on your business.”

Recent analysis of a sample of 3,000 CVs by The Risk Advisory Group found that despite us revealing more about ourselves online than ever before, 63% of CVs contain discrepancies — a rise of 15% in the last decade.