Archive for Monday, October 22, 2001

Background checks disqualify 300 volunteers

October 22, 2001

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— 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.

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