Hello everyone, I recently got accepted to abank and I could not be more excited. I read online that background checks can be incredibly thorough. The issue is I contributed to a scam company called New York International Capital. It was an unpaid internship, but work was given to us and it was actually quite frequent even though the internship was remote. I put it on my resume, but it was not even brought up during the interview because it was throughout my freshman year and my future accomplishments overshadow it. Recently, people who I know who also worked there showed me this daily news article that stated (I can't post links for some reason)
*"A Manhattan man shamelessly tried to scam $20 million from a federal relief program for small businesses impacted by coronavirus, falsely claiming he had hundreds of employees when in reality he had none, prosecutors charged Thursday.
Muge Ma filed paperwork with the Small Business Administration stating he paid millions in salaries to employees of New York International Capital LLC and Hurley Human Resources. The websites of the shady companies feature confusing boasts of global reach.
"NYIC is a patriotic American Management Consulting firm headquartered in Manhattan, New York City. Since NYIC is COMPLETELY OPERATING IN THE CLOUD, NYIC has the unique ability to deploy HUNDREDS of brilliant, hard-working & passionate young people of NYIC ALL dedicated to YOUR project connecting you with 10,000+ CHIEF EXECUTIVES of the world's 10,000+ BLUE-CHIPs as your strategic partners in the speed of light," the New York International Capital site reads.
"HURLEY HR is a global human resources consulting firm with its global headquarters in Manhattan, New York City," the Hurley site reads.
"Getting American White-Collar Workers CLOUD-BASED Jobs Domestic and Overseas."
The companies' addresses are on the sixth floor of the luxury condo building where Ma lives, according to prosecutors.*
It turns out the work was just bogus and he was profiting off of having a fake company. Should I reach out to HR about this WAY before background checks even start?
While the company seemed very fishy the work they gave and the fact that it had so many interns, it has 93 interns the same age as me, made it believable. Did I mess up?