Fingerprinting with Expunged Record?

I've been at my BB for a few weeks now and got a request for fingerprint collection. I had a misdemeanor (from 5+ years ago) that was expunged and didn't show up on the initial background check. Would this fingerprint unearth my expunged record or am I worrying for no reason?

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May 3, 2021 - 12:33pm

I told HR about a few community service stints I did and they didn't even turn up on the check. (this is in the UK)

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May 3, 2021 - 2:29pm

I will explain what happened to me and you can decide how relevant it is to you. I had a couple charges (all the same incident) expunged, and nothing was flagged during my standard background check that my employer ran. Then, since I was a fresh grad, FINRA ran a background check when I registered, and this background check included fingerprints. The FINRA background check picked up my expunged records and they notified my employer.  The way it was explained to me, FINRA (or whatever company they pay to do their background checks) pulls records regularly from a variety of databases and stores them. So they pulled my records before it was expunged and long before I was applying for this job, and it was stored somewhere in the background check world and was flagged a couple years later. The good news is that my employer understood that it was expunged and should have never been stored and it did not end up being an issue. I also had FINRA delete those expunged records from my FINRA file, which purportedly they had to do upon request since they were expunged. I have been through several background check processes since my arrest and this FINRA incident is the only time it's been flagged, and the FINRA incident is also the only time I've been fingerprinted, so are they related? Who knows. 

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