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Background screening company lets arsonist slip through for rental app

Aug 05, 2011 Matt Roesly

Background screening company lets arsonist slip through for rental app
A Fargo man has been charged after setting fire to approximately $2,000 worth of contents in a neighbor's garage, INFORUM reports.
 Jade Dean Hemmes, a man with a history of violent behavior, was charged with felony burglary, felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was arrested in his apartment earlier this week. "[Hemmes] started [saying] ‘It all ends tonight,'" homeowner Travis Martinez told the news source. "And then 20 minutes later, I see the flames." Goldmark Property Management, the rental company who provided Hemmes with tenancy, is coming under fire as many believe a more thorough background check could have been conducted on the fire-starter. "I'm trying to figure out how Goldmark even let him in the complex to begin with," Martinez said. He adds that if he could do a Google search of Hemmes' name and find out about his criminal past, Goldmark should've been able to do the same. Goldmark chief financial officer Kurt Bollman told the news source that Hemmes provided inaccurate information regarding his criminal past, and didn't use his real name on his application.