I have a strange situation where I have had to take over a network from a newly employed IT professional (4 months) because he now is in jail pending serious fraud charges (unrelated to the job). I was present at his initial interview where he had a clean police record. But we have since found out that he was in fact convicted for similar issues some three years previously. Unfortunately in the third World getting a signed clean police record is not very difficult if you know the right people.
My question is, are there ways to mitigate against hiring someone else with similar issues given that there are no companies doing background checks that could be tasked with it. The job is currently being advertised and I'm sure I will be asked to sit in on the interviews again and hiring this chap cost the company a lot of grief.
At this point the only thing I can come up with is discussing the candidates in depth with their prior workplaces. In this country two references are required at interviews, neither of which are particularly appealing to me. A reference from their local Church leader and another from basically anyone who owns a business or holds a chiefly title or a govt official. So these tend to be from the candidates extended family or people who don't really know them well.