Background Check May Have Prevented Fugitive From Becoming a Maid

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Eva Perez enjoyed a stay in the Brazos County Jail this weekend. Bryan Police say she'd been on the run the past two years, ever since she was accused of taking jewelry from a Bryan home she was hired to clean.

The alleged theft is a situation that could have easily been prevented. Perez was a temp hired through Labor Ready, in Bryan.

When His and Hers Cleaning Service needed a maid at the last minute, they turned to Labor Ready.

Apparently, neither company did a thorough check of Perez's background. The woman was a wanted fugitive in Bexar county.

Its likely Perez wouldn't have been hired at Howell Service Corporation, where applicants' backgrounds are checked twice.

"We do one through the Brazos County website for a local background check and we also do through Texas Department of Public Service," said Helen Beard, of Howell Service Corp.

Owners at His and Hers say it wasn't their responsibility to run a background check. Even if they had, the company says it only checks the Brazos County website.

Another 10 bucks on the DPS website would have shown Perez's warrant in Bexar County.

Labor Ready's website promises to deliver "dependable employees" for "an honest days work." Neither the Bryan branch, nor anyone at the company's Washington headquarters, would comment.

For Bryan-College Station residents, background checks are a new reality.

"Years ago, you'd never have though about anything like that. Now its something that's very important," said Bryan resident Robert Horton.


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