Florida Security Company Fined For False Psych Eval Forms Of Orlando Nightclub Shooter
The security company that employed the Orlando nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, was fined on Friday over inaccurate psychological reports it had filed over the past 10 years.
The state Department of Agriculture said on Monday the investigation into the Palm Beach Gardens-based G4S Secure Solutions revealed the name of a retired psychologist on the screening form used to secure access to firearms for the roughly 1,500 security guards employed by the company over the past 10 years.
The department’s documents show that Dr. Carol Nudelman was the psychologist identified on the forms who conducted the health screenings of potential employees, but as it turns out, it was Dr. Joanne Bauling who was conducting the health screenings. Nudelman had retired a few years before Mateen had his psych evaluation. Mateen worked at G4S Secure Solutions for roughly nine years.
The security company was fined $151,400 for the inaccurate reports, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel.
“Due to an administrative error, Dr. Nudelman’s name appeared erroneously on license applications,” Monica Lewman-Garcia, a spokeswoman for G4S, said in an emailed statement Monday. “As soon as this error became known to G4S, it immediately and publicly acknowledged that this was an administrative error and took measures to ensure that this error would not be repeated. It is important to note that all G4S security officers applying for a G License received a psychological assessment properly evaluated by a licensed psychologist.”
She added that they cooperated with the Florida Department of Licensing investigation. The company was fined $100 for every form that had Nudelman’s name on it.