The claims of a former Colorado man using a false identity that he worked as a private investigator could have been easily disproven with a competent background investigation – but none was done when he applied for a position with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, according to a report earlier this week in the Portland Oregonian newspaper.
When Doitchin Krasev – masquerading as “Jason Evers” – applied to the liquor control commission in 2002, he listed four years of experience as an undercover bar and nightclub investigator — more than enough to qualify him for the job.
He almost certainly hadn’t worked as a PI while in Colorado. But liquor control officials failed to verify his credentials, a miscue that gave the powers of the agency for nearly eight years to a man now accused of identity theft.
Federal agents recently revealed that the man who went by Jason Evers was in fact Krasev, a Bulgarian refugee. They accuse him of stealing the Evers name from an Ohio child murdered in 1982 to obtain a birth certificate, Social Security card and passport.
The case drew national headlines after Krasev’s April 27 arrest because he refused to reveal his name. For a time, government court papers accusing him of falsifying a passport application identified him as “John Doe.”
Krasev’s real name came to light in late May after federal agents widely circulated a bulletin with his photos.
The liquor control commission hired Krasev on July 3, 2002. His work history suggests an inspired employee who climbed through the ranks as an inspector, regional manager and investigator in such locales as Portland, Bend and tiny Nyssa on the Oregon-Idaho border.
What remains unclear is how the state regulatory agency came to hire a man with no apparent investigative background.
Liquor control’s human resources director, Gail Parnell, said the man they knew as Jason Evers passed criminal background and fingerprint checks. The agency’s hiring policy is to check all references listed on the state’s employment application, she said, but sometimes recruiters can’t reach them.
Krasev’s application lists previous employment as a bartender, inventory control representative and treasurer of a restaurant delivery business. But the resume bullet that most qualified him for the liquor control position was what Krasev described as his work — from 1996 to 2001 — as an “undercover investigator” for a Denver “bar and nightclub investigations” business, Scott said.
The man who signed his name Jason R. Evers wrote that he had worked at Last Resort Inc., and that his supervisor’s name was Rick Valentino. But the recruiter noted on the application that Valentino apparently moved to New York and that the phone number was disconnected.
There were good reasons for the confusion, The Oregonian found in an examination of Evers’ job application.
Last Resort Inc. was not a registered business in Colorado; no public records identify a Rick Valentino working in that capacity; and the disconnected phone number belonged to a defunct Denver restaurant called Dick’s Last Resort.
The concept eatery — part of a thriving national chain known for its noisy, roadhouse atmosphere and smart-alecky waiters — never employed investigators, said Christy Zirnheld, chief financial officer of Dick’s Last Resort Management Co. Inc., in Dallas.
“I can tell you he didn’t work in that capacity for us,” Zirnheld said. “We don’t have that position.”
The Oregon liquor control recruiter who would have vetted such a claim “has no memory” of the 2002 background check that put Jason R. Evers on the state payroll, Scott said, and records of the vetting process are destroyed after two years.
“I cannot confirm or deny that we contacted Last Resort Inc.,” she said.
The man claiming to be Jason Evers had worked as a bartender in Denver, but it’s unclear if he had worked at Dick’s Last Resort. (Employment records for the defunct restaurant were long ago destroyed.) But if he did work there, it would have amounted to a third job.
People who knew the accused imposter said he already worked two jobs at a time when — according to his Oregon employment application — he was doing “daily spot checks of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the greater Denver metro area, all pertaining to compliance with state and city liquor laws, employee theft, misuse of company property” and other violations.
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