A man running for commissioner of Cooper City, Florida, had his reputation tarnished by a background screening
agency that provided false information about his credit history, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Following the authorization of a new screening policy in August, Cooper City ordered background checks
on all candidates running for election in November. When former candidate David Nall received word that the agency, IntelliCorp Records, found he'd been arrested for credit card fraud in 1987, he was shocked. "I have never been convicted of a crime," he said, quoted by the news source. "This has derailed and messed up my election campaign." Nall subsequently sued Cooper City, the company and Samba Holdings - the vendor that hired Intellicorp - for more than $15,000 in damages due to physical and emotional stress suffered over the mistake. Nall went on to lose the election. Local news site RobinAshley.com reports that when city officials passed legislation to run the checks in August, it was specified that one of the entities it go through was the National Crime Information Center. Intellicorp was not authorized to view NCIC records according to the resolution.