CLEVELAND OH Dec 15 2017 - A Cleveland private security company with a history of not following state regulations is again fined by the state’s Department of Public Safety for failing to have new hires register with the state.
According to records obtained by News 5, state regulators fined Metro Cleveland Security for allowing six former security guards to work despite not having their registration applications submitted to the state for approval.
State officials have fined the company $900. If company officials do not pay the fine and attend a mandatory training seminar, the state could revoke the company’s license, according to the final adjudication order.
The state inquiry followed a 5 On Your Side investigation, which found the company did not conduct a background check on one of its former security guards, Eddie Wilson III. In May, prosecutors charged Wilson with kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and weapons violations. Ashley Riley, 28, claimed Wilson kidnapped her at gunpoint and hit her in the chest.
“He hit me in my chest,” Riley said. “[When I came to], he said, ‘oh, you’re not dead yet?’”
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Wilson was employed by Metro Cleveland Security, which is located in the 5000-block of Memphis Avenue. Company officials told News 5 they did not conduct a background check on Wilson because he was a sheriff’s deputy. A loophole in state law does not require security companies to conduct background checks for law enforcement officers. If a background check would have been completed, it would have shown Wilson had a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence.
“He would have never had the opportunity to do what he did had they done a simple background check, a simple verification,” Riley said.
Metro Cleveland Security is required to conduct background checks on new hires, but state investigators have determined the longtime security company hasn’t done so. The Department of Public Safety has fined the security company four times in five years.