Recently, the Sun newspaper reported that an Eagan man was sentenced for embezzling $167,000 from his Burnsville employer. Michael Ray Sauve age 43 was sentenced for 98 months or over 8 years in prison for stealing money over six years. He was a controller for Bankers Mortgage in Burnsville and the crime wasn’t uncovered until the company merged with Bell Mortgage.
Sauve was in charge of the bookkeeping, human resources and payroll department. However, this wasn’t the first time he was sentenced to jail for the crime of embezzlement. Back in 2001, he was convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from an Eagan employer in 1998 and 1999.
Why didn’t the company do an adequate background check on this guy? If you were an employer, wouldn’t you be leery to hire someone who was convicted on embezzlement charges? If you wanted to give this guy a job, don’t put him in charge of bookkeeping or payroll. Give him a job in Customer Service or as a head janitor!
The reality is that the cost of background or pre-employment checks is much cheaper than hiring a convicted embezzler.