40-Year-Old Shoplifting Conviction Costs Woman Her Job

You do something stupid. You do your punishment. You think it’s behind you.

You definitely think it’s behind you when it was FORTY years ago.

A Wells Fargo employee, Yolanda Quesada, found out that it’s not. She was fired after a background check revealed she was convicted of shoplifting twice in 1972. She had apparently been a well-regarded Wells Fargo employee for five years. Now she’s unemployed.

This is one reason it’s critical to consult with an attorney if you’re charged with shoplifting in Virginia. It’s a serious offense that could have devastating consequences decades down the road.

You never know when an employer might find out about a past offense, and you certainly don’t know what they will do about it. I’d like to think that Yolanda’s situation is an extreme example, but I’m afraid it’s not.

The side point that I don’t see addressed in the media reports about Yolanda is whether or not her Wells Fargo application asked if she had ever been charged and/or convicted of a theft offense. I would bet that a bank’s employment application would inquire about that info. At the very least, I’m not sure why an initial hiring background check didn’t reveal the 1972 offenses. The bigger problem Wells Fargo might be facing is if Yolanda was asked about any prior convictions and she didn’t disclose them. That becomes a current offense of dishonesty against the company instead of an old offense that might could be overlooked.

In other words, if you have a shoplifting conviction, even from 40 years ago, you must disclose it whenever you’re asked. Better to tell the truth about an indiscretion from a long time ago than be accused of lying today.

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