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Mrs. Walter Kevin Scott

Wrong Walter Kevin Scott?

Teacher

Phone: (352) ***-****  HQ Phone
Marion County Public Schools
PO Box 670 512 SE 3Rd Street
Ocala, Florida 34478
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Intern
    Jones Day
  • Intern
    The Pogues
  • Member, Team
    The Public Employees Retirement Fund
  • Benefits Manager
    The Public Employees Retirement Fund
  • Chief Benefits Officer
    The Public Employees Retirement Fund
  • Coopers & Lybrand
  • Ohio Legislative Services Commission

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Cook

Education

  • Indiana University
27 Total References
Web References
nuvo.net / Lies and damned lies
www.nuvo.net, 12 Dec 2004 [cached]
Kevin Scott appeared to have it all.
...
Kevin Scott simply left a few things out.
...
By the time the Will Smith movie version came out, in 1993, Kevin Scott himself had two faces, and one had hidden secrets.
That fraternity, for instance.Investigators would learn Scott had been kicked out for suspicion of stealing money.
Then there was the first internship.
In 1990, Scott was hired by the Ohio Legislative Services Commission to serve as intern to three Republican legislators.He was fired for falsifying time sheets - he collected state pay while working as a waiter.
Then there was the second internship.
Still in law school, Scott was hired as an intern at the national law firm of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue.He was quietly fired for using a partner"s credit card without authorization."Quietly" is the operative word, because Scott was able to get another law firm internship the following summer.
His apparent propensity for thievery might have gone unnoticed, except when Scott applied to take the Ohio bar exam, the examiners learned he had been fired by both law firms, the second for alleged sexual harassment.Bar officials decided, as one source put it: "We need to write a letter so he can never take the bar exam anywhere."
Somehow, Scott got another internship - at Procter & Gamble.It lasted five months.Therein lies a tale to be told later.
Instead of becoming a lawyer, Scott became a car salesman.In this role, he made his biggest mistake to date.He used the identities of two people to get more than $31,000 in loans and lines of credit.
Exposed in 1996, Scott was hauled into U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.He pleaded guilty to two counts of bank and mail fraud.He spent two months in prison and was released on probation.
A convicted felon.An ex-con.A chronic thief and apparent sociopath.Yet what would seem to be a bleak future was anything but.
Within a year, Scott would be living in Bloomington, Ind., working for Cook, Inc., and earning accolades like this:
"It is our great pleasure to know that Kevin now plans on a long-term commitment to Cook!Kevin has done a super job in the short time with us so far Ö Kevin is a pleasure to work with and has become a valuable member of the Cook team in a very short time.
...
For now, all that can be said with certainty is that Scott had married.His wife Valerie is an accountant, and she enrolled at Indiana University for further studies.They came to Bloomington, moved into a nice home, and Cook, Inc. hired the 30-year-old ex-Ohioan on a "two-year commitment" to work in its corporate benefits department.
Mrs. Scott for a time worked at Coopers & Lybrand.The couple had a son.And Kevin was a hit at Cook.
In October 1998, his department manager wrote enthusiastically, "He obviously brought with him some strong business and legal skills.
...
In July, W. Kevin Scott sent an e-mail and resume to Ken Stoughton, PERF human resources director, as a prelude to a formal interview.
...
Scott was able to tout his position handling a $19 million budget and administering benefits for 4,000 Cook employees worldwide, along with enthusiastic reports of his performance at Cook.Moreover, he offered some heavyweight references from Cook - John Kamstra, chief financial officer; Dr. John DeFord, president and CEO; Dan Peterson, executive vice president; and Phyllis McCullough, chairperson of the board.
He was one of four finalists.
...
Butler and Turner agreed on Scott.
...
By now it was October, and if Scott could clear the last hurdles - his references and a routine criminal background check by Indiana State Police - he would get the state job.
Then something rather astonishing happened.Scott"s references came through.
It was astonishing because Cook had fired Scott long before he applied for the state job.
In fact, Cook had terminated Scott in March 2001, on grounds that Scott had used company funds to have business cards printed showing him as Cook"s corporate counsel.Scott wasn"t admitted before any bar.
Just as bizarre, Cook executives now knew Scott was a convicted felon.
...
Scott "would do very well" at PERF, she opined.When asked what she would do if Scott left Cook and wanted to come back, she replied, "There is a policy against rehiring."
...
Oh, Scott needed improvement in the area of "maturity."
...
Scott easily passed the criminal background check.It was easy because he provided the Social Security number of another Kevin Scott with no criminal history.He would have passed with his own number anyway.Federal law prohibits access to the national crime data base for employment record checks.
In November, Scott officially joined the PERF team, giving him access to private information on thousands of Hoosiers.
The blame game
From November until August 2002, Scott worked at PERF without complaint or suspicion.In the summer, The Indianapolis Star ran an article about state employees who got jobs during a hiring freeze.Scott and his $95,000 annual salary were mentioned.Shortly, an anonymous woman left a telltale message on a recorder at the newspaper.
Scott"s felony conviction was exposed.Scott resigned and was arrested later on a federal charge of misuse of a Social Security number.
Gov. Frank O"Bannon retained Indianapolis attorney Forrest Bowman Jr. to investigate.Bowman traced the hiring procedures, including Cook officials" recommendations.In September, an attorney for the Bloomington company revealed Cook had fired Scott months before Scott approached PERF.
Just as startling, the attorney told Bowman that Cook had learned of Scott"s felony conviction and allowed him to continue working, at least until the misleading business cards were discovered.
The Cook attorney also said Scott had told the three executives PERF knew about his past.
...
In fact, Scott had had a brief internship with Procter & Gamble.
By this point, the media focus had changed.Because O"Bannon"s staff had ordered the criminal background check, he was blamed for not being more thorough.
...
When O"Bannon decided not to reappoint PERF board members Steve Miller, treasurer of Indiana University, and Teresa Ghilarducci, an associate professor of economics at Notre Dame, who weren"t involved in Scott"s hiring, The Star suggested Miller and Ghilarducci had been purged to prevent criticism of O"Bannon.
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Scott"s activities at PERF are under investigation.He has been undergoing psychiatric analysis at a federal hospital.
The Indiana Republican Party
www.indianawatch.org, 27 Aug 2002 [cached]
Brizzi also called for the immediate release and thorough explanation of any and all documents related to the hiring of Walter Kevin Scott.
A recent investigation by The Indianapolis Star uncovered that Scott, PERF's Benefits Manager for the past nine months, was a convicted felon who served time in a federal penitentiary for identity theft.Scott left his position with PERF on August 14 after The Star informed PERF officials of his prior criminal history.The investigation also revealed Scott used a stolen Social Security number to pass a criminal background check.
"It is imperative that the Governor act immediately to ensure that those participating in the Public Employees Retirement Fund are no longer exposed to threats to their identity," Brizzi said."The time has come for us to know how Walter Kevin Scott was hired.What did the Board know?What did Executive Director E. William Butler know?What did Project Director Jim Osborn know?How could Walter Kevin Scott have been hired?
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•PERF does not have a record listing the names, titles or job descriptions for individuals involved in the hiring of Walter Kevin Scott
HoosierTimes: Editorials around the state
www.hoosiertimes.com, 23 Sept 2002 [cached]
The governor's office must be more forthcoming about the circumstances that surrounded the hiring of Walter Kevin Scott.
Scott, who pleaded guilty in 1996 to bank and mail fraud, was appointed in 2001 as chief benefits officer for the Public Employees' Retirement Fund after only a cursory background check.
Scott is accused of stealing another person's Social Security number to foil the state's background investigation.He resigned from his $95,000-a-year position last month after Star reporter Michele McNeil Solida informed state officials of Scott's criminal record.
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The governor's office made a terrible mistake in hiring Walter Kevin Scott.Now, it must explain to the public how and why it happened and what is being done to ensure that a similar mistake never occurs again.
Indianapolis Star
Indiana has great colleges
nuvo.net / Lies and damned lies
www.nuvo.net, 9 Oct 2002 [cached]
Kevin Scott appeared to have it all.
What would seem odd later was that most of that background was true.W.Kevin Scott simply left a few things out.
...
By the time the Will Smith movie version came out, in 1993, Kevin Scott himself had two faces, and one had hidden secrets.
That fraternity, for instance.Investigators would learn Scott had been kicked out for suspicion of stealing money.
Then there was the first internship.
In 1990, Scott was hired by the Ohio Legislative Services Commission to serve as intern to three Republican legislators.He was fired for falsifying time sheets - he collected state pay while working as a waiter.
Then there was the second internship.
Still in law school, Scott was hired as an intern at the national law firm of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue.He was quietly fired for using a partner"s credit card without authorization."Quietly" is the operative word, because Scott was able to get another law firm internship the following summer.
His apparent propensity for thievery might have gone unnoticed, except when Scott applied to take the Ohio bar exam, the examiners learned he had been fired by both law firms, the second for alleged sexual harassment.Bar officials decided, as one source put it: "We need to write a letter so he can never take the bar exam anywhere."
Somehow, Scott got another internship - at Procter & Gamble.It lasted five months.Therein lies a tale to be told later.
Instead of becoming a lawyer, Scott became a car salesman.In this role, he made his biggest mistake to date.He used the identities of two people to get more than $31,000 in loans and lines of credit.
Exposed in 1996, Scott was hauled into U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.He pleaded guilty to two counts of bank and mail fraud.He spent two months in prison and was released on probation.
A convicted felon.An ex-con.A chronic thief and apparent sociopath.Yet what would seem to be a bleak future was anything but.
Within a year, Scott would be living in Bloomington, Ind., working for Cook, Inc., and earning accolades like this:
"It is our great pleasure to know that Kevin now plans on a long-term commitment to Cook!Kevin has done a super job in the short time with us so far Ö Kevin is a pleasure to work with and has become a valuable member of the Cook team in a very short time.
...
For now, all that can be said with certainty is that Scott had married.His wife Valerie is an accountant, and she enrolled at Indiana University for further studies.They came to Bloomington, moved into a nice home, and Cook, Inc. hired the 30-year-old ex-Ohioan on a "two-year commitment" to work in its corporate benefits department.
Mrs. Scott for a time worked at Coopers & Lybrand.The couple had a son.And Kevin was a hit at Cook.
In October 1998, his department manager wrote enthusiastically, "He obviously brought with him some strong business and legal skills.
...
In July, W. Kevin Scott sent an e-mail and resume to Ken Stoughton, PERF human resources director, as a prelude to a formal interview.
...
Scott was able to tout his position handling a $19 million budget and administering benefits for 4,000 Cook employees worldwide, along with enthusiastic reports of his performance at Cook.Moreover, he offered some heavyweight references from Cook - John Kamstra, chief financial officer; Dr. John DeFord, president and CEO; Dan Peterson, executive vice president; and Phyllis McCullough, chairperson of the board.
He was one of four finalists.
...
Butler and Turner agreed on Scott.
...
By now it was October, and if Scott could clear the last hurdles - his references and a routine criminal background check by Indiana State Police - he would get the state job.
Then something rather astonishing happened.Scott"s references came through.
It was astonishing because Cook had fired Scott long before he applied for the state job.
In fact, Cook had terminated Scott in March 2001, on grounds that Scott had used company funds to have business cards printed showing him as Cook"s corporate counsel.Scott wasn"t admitted before any bar.
Just as bizarre, Cook executives now knew Scott was a convicted felon.
...
Scott "would do very well" at PERF, she opined.When asked what she would do if Scott left Cook and wanted to come back, she replied, "There is a policy against rehiring."
...
Oh, Scott needed improvement in the area of "maturity."
...
Scott easily passed the criminal background check.It was easy because he provided the Social Security number of another Kevin Scott with no criminal history.He would have passed with his own number anyway.Federal law prohibits access to the national crime data base for employment record checks.
In November, Scott officially joined the PERF team, giving him access to private information on thousands of Hoosiers.
The blame game
From November until August 2002, Scott worked at PERF without complaint or suspicion.In the summer, The Indianapolis Star ran an article about state employees who got jobs during a hiring freeze.Scott and his $95,000 annual salary were mentioned.Shortly, an anonymous woman left a telltale message on a recorder at the newspaper.
Scott"s felony conviction was exposed.Scott resigned and was arrested later on a federal charge of misuse of a Social Security number.
Gov. Frank O"Bannon retained Indianapolis attorney Forrest Bowman Jr. to investigate.Bowman traced the hiring procedures, including Cook officials" recommendations.In September, an attorney for the Bloomington company revealed Cook had fired Scott months before Scott approached PERF.
Just as startling, the attorney told Bowman that Cook had learned of Scott"s felony conviction and allowed him to continue working, at least until the misleading business cards were discovered.
The Cook attorney also said Scott had told the three executives PERF knew about his past.
...
In fact, Scott had had a brief internship with Procter & Gamble.
By this point, the media focus had changed.Because O"Bannon"s staff had ordered the criminal background check, he was blamed for not being more thorough.
...
When O"Bannon decided not to reappoint PERF board members Steve Miller, treasurer of Indiana University, and Teresa Ghilarducci, an associate professor of economics at Notre Dame, who weren"t involved in Scott"s hiring, The Star suggested Miller and Ghilarducci had been purged to prevent criticism of O"Bannon.
...
Scott"s activities at PERF are under investigation.He has been undergoing psychiatric analysis at a federal hospital.
nuvo.net / Lies and damned lies
www.nuvo.net, 13 Oct 2002 [cached]
Kevin Scott appeared to have it all.
What would seem odd later was that most of that background was true.W.Kevin Scott simply left a few things out.
A touch of larceny
In the play Six Degrees of Separation, a handsome young con man claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son easily fools people who want to believe what he tells them.By the time the Will Smith movie version came out, in 1993, Kevin Scott himself had two faces, and one had hidden secrets.
That fraternity, for instance.Investigators would learn Scott had been kicked out for suspicion of stealing money.
Then there was the first internship.
In 1990, Scott was hired by the Ohio Legislative Services Commission to serve as intern to three Republican legislators.He was fired for falsifying time sheets - he collected state pay while working as a waiter.
Then there was the second internship.
Still in law school, Scott was hired as an intern at the national law firm of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue.He was quietly fired for using a partner's credit card without authorization."Quietly" is the operative word, because Scott was able to get another law firm internship the following summer.
His apparent propensity for thievery might have gone unnoticed, except when Scott applied to take the Ohio bar exam, the examiners learned he had been fired by both law firms, the second for alleged sexual harassment.Bar officials decided, as one source put it: "We need to write a letter so he can never take the bar exam anywhere."
Somehow, Scott got another internship - at Procter & Gamble.It lasted five months.Therein lies a tale to be told later.
Instead of becoming a lawyer, Scott became a car salesman.In this role, he made his biggest mistake to date.He used the identities of two people to get more than $31,000 in loans and lines of credit.
Exposed in 1996, Scott was hauled into U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.He pleaded guilty to two counts of bank and mail fraud.He spent two months in prison and was released on probation.
A convicted felon.An ex-con.A chronic thief and apparent sociopath.Yet what would seem to be a bleak future was anything but.
Within a year, Scott would be living in Bloomington, Ind., working for Cook, Inc., and earning accolades like this:
"It is our great pleasure to know that Kevin now plans on a long-term commitment to Cook!Kevin has done a super job in the short time with us so far … Kevin is a pleasure to work with and has become a valuable member of the Cook team in a very short time.Thanks for all the hard work."
‘A great asset to this company'
If there are curious gaps in the Kevin Scott chronicle, one of the strangest is how he landed a job, on Dec. 8, 1997, with the prosperous Monroe County company which manufactures medical instruments for sale around the world.
...
For now, all that can be said with certainty is that Scott had married.His wife Valerie is an accountant, and she enrolled at Indiana University for further studies.They came to Bloomington, moved into a nice home, and Cook, Inc. hired the 30-year-old ex-Ohioan on a "two-year commitment" to work in its corporate benefits department.
Mrs. Scott for a time worked at Coopers & Lybrand.The couple had a son.And Kevin was a hit at Cook.
In October 1998, his department manager wrote enthusiastically, "He obviously brought with him some strong business and legal skills.However, it has been his enthusiastic, diligent effort in learning how Cook does business, and in using his skills to support our business efforts, that has been most noteworthy."
His first year was described as "exceptional."He got a raise every year.In 1999, he was promoted to manager of corporate administration.By early 2001, he was rated "excellent" in seven out of eight categories.
...
In July, W. Kevin Scott sent an e-mail and resume to Ken Stoughton, PERF human resources director, as a prelude to a formal interview.
...
Scott was able to tout his position handling a $19 million budget and administering benefits for 4,000 Cook employees worldwide, along with enthusiastic reports of his performance at Cook.Moreover, he offered some heavyweight references from Cook - John Kamstra, chief financial officer; Dr. John DeFord, president and CEO; Dan Peterson, executive vice president; and Phyllis McCullough, chairperson of the board.
He was one of four finalists.
...
Butler and Turner agreed on Scott.
...
By now it was October, and if Scott could clear the last hurdles - his references and a routine criminal background check by Indiana State Police - he would get the state job.
Then something rather astonishing happened.Scott's references came through.It was astonishing because Cook had fired Scott long before he applied for the state job.
In fact, Cook had terminated Scott in March 2001, on grounds that Scott had used company funds to have business cards printed showing him as Cook's corporate counsel.Scott wasn't admitted before any bar.
Just as bizarre, Cook executives now knew Scott was a convicted felon.
...
Scott "would do very well" at PERF, she opined.When asked what she would do if Scott left Cook and wanted to come back, she replied, "There is a policy against rehiring."
...
Oh, Scott needed improvement in the area of "maturity."
...
Scott easily passed the criminal background check.It was easy because he provided the Social Security number of another Kevin Scott with no criminal history.He would have passed with his own number anyway.Federal law prohibits access to the national crime data base for employment record checks. In November, Scott officially joined the PERF team, giving him access to private information on thousands of Hoosiers.
The blame game
From November until August 2002, Scott worked at PERF without complaint or suspicion.In the summer, The Indianapolis Star ran an article about state employees who got jobs during a hiring freeze.Scott and his $95,000 annual salary were mentioned.Shortly, an anonymous woman left a telltale message on a recorder at the newspaper.
Scott's felony conviction was exposed.Scott resigned and was arrested later on a federal charge of misuse of a Social Security number.
...
The Cook attorney also said Scott had told the three executives PERF knew about his past.
...
In fact, Scott had had a brief internship with Procter & Gamble.
By this point, the media focus had changed.Because O'Bannon's staff had ordered the criminal background check, he was blamed for not being more thorough.
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