A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted Erick Powell, a former operator and co-owner of the National Vocation Group job-staffing company, of wire fraud. A second defendant and co-owner, Ahmad McCormick, previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
Powell and McCormick used online job boards to advertise jobs in the housekeeping and maintenance industries that paid above-average wages. NVG falsely told applicants that they must pay a $349 fee for federally required OSHA training before starting work in the advertised jobs. OSHA does not require such training. Hundreds of applicants paid the fee and took the course, but none of the applicants received the jobs they were promised.
When several victims complained to law enforcement, NVG relocated its offices and continued its fraudulent activities. Both defendants face up to 20 years in prison. For more information, read the Department of Justice news release.