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New York State Attorney General’s Office sues unlicensed employment agency in scam

August 2, 2016

As published in the Buffalo News on July 11, 2016.

The state Attorney General’s Office is suing an unlicensed employment agency that it says scammed unemployed consumers and is warning job seekers to be alert.

New York City-based Delta Services used fake job listings that fraudulently charged several thousand job seekers for unnecessary training courses, the Attorney General’s Office said. The company allegedly advertised nonexistent, high-paying security guard jobs, then charged respondents as much as $499 for training that it said was required for hiring. After the money was paid and the training was complete, the company failed to provide the job, the Attorney General’s Office said.

The company formerly did business under the name Ultimate Security Force. The Attorney General’s Office is suing both companies and owner Jeffreys Paulino.

In some cases, the companies allegedly told job seekers that they were required to take federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration training. The Attorney General’s Office warns that OSHA training is not required before being hired in any employment position. OSHA law requires that any necessary training occur after an employee signs on to a job, and must be provided and paid for by employers.

Those seeking to work as security guards should be wary of any school that promises to place students in jobs, the Attorney General’s Office said. Job seekers should also carefully read contracts with security guard companies carefully and make sure the school is approved by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.