Last year, longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was convicted of possessing child pornography and traveling across state lines to pay for sex with minors. This resulted in a sentence of fifteen years in federal prison, where he is reportedly eating a steady diet of knuckle sandwiches these days.
This is not just another sordid story of just how fast and far someone can fall – it is also a perfect case study of a wakeup call for corporate America with regard to background checks.
Now more than ever companies need to be very sure about who they have out there representing them as an executive, team member or spokesperson. A professional, full background check by a first-class private investigator costs between $1000 to $2000. That is a very small price to pay to avoid the kind of corporate “black eye” so many companies are facing these days.
A professional, full background check by a first-class private investigator costs between $1000 to $2000.
Jared is a bit of an unusual situation. He started with the company almost 20 years ago, when he was featured in an ad as a college student who had dropped 200 pounds on the “Subway Diet” he devised. At that point, for a regional television test campaign with a twenty-year-old – what was to vet? Not much of an investigation was warranted.
Subway only continued to grow, eventually becoming the largest chain restaurant in the country. Jared was made the face of the company and featured all over the world as their brand ambassador, becoming a household name and being paid millions of dollars along the way. At some point over those fifteen years, a thorough, professional background check should have been performed.
Who knows – maybe they did perform a background check… but even if they did, it certainly wasn’t exhaustive enough to pull up Jared’s problem behavior.
The rumblings were out there all along; Jared was never discreet about his predilections.
Had Jared been interviewed by professionals asking the right questions, they would have easily uncovered some unsavory facts.
Had Jared been interviewed by professionals asking the right questions, they would have easily uncovered some unsavory facts. A thorough background investigation is a bit like the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”. You interview three of the subject’s friends or references, who give you three more, who give you three more. Eventually, you turn up everything there is to find.
My private investigative agency has interviewed everyone from potential university presidents to elite superstar athletes on the verge of being offered multi-million dollar endorsement contracts. We are regularly hired to uncover the truth, and help make sure that there are no unpleasant surprises down the road.
The people we interview (especially the athletes) have been put on a pedestal for most of their lives. It’s been years since anyone challenged a word they say. We do. As former federal agents, we are experts in interview and interrogation. We guarantee our clients peace of mind.
With regard to background checks for corporations, there are typically five types we perform:
The fifth is a popular basic background and asset search – which also covers individuals and businesses, both small and large.
This one-minute video also provides details about the specifics of our searches:
It is important to understand that the information we obtain is not from “data” on the Internet, but from our own in-house computer system (based at our corporate office in Newport Beach). Our database is regularly updated, with data collected across all fifty states.
No private agency has more information available.
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