Salt Lake City About 300 people who signed up to volunteer or work for the Winter Olympics have been rejected during criminal background checks. Utah's Bureau of Criminal Identification says about 3 percent of all Olympic applicants are failing background checks, so thousands more could be turned away.
The Salt Lake Organizing Committee is paying $10 for background checks that could total $1 million. The Bureau of Criminal Identification searches state and national criminal databanks and also looks for outstanding arrest warrants. Drug- and alcohol-related convictions have accounted for the most rejections so far. Other offenses that can bring rejection include convictions for assault, sex offenses, gambling, child abuse, robbery or weapons convictions.