Home Delivery Murder

An employee of a Best Buy home delivery subcontractor has been charged with a particularly horrifying murder.  Jorge Luis Dupre Lachazo, 21, is accused of beating Evelyn “Evy” Udell, 75,  with a mallet, dousing her with acetate and setting her on fire. Lachazo and an associate had just delivered and set up Udell’s new washer and dryer. They worked for X.M Delivery, a J.B. Hunt subcontractor Best Buy contracted with to deliver appliances.

 

Udell’s estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the country’s largest electronics retailer and the two delivery companies for failing to conduct adequate background checks on delivery people. Best Buy says background checks have long been required and has now hired an independent security firm to review existing screening, audit and safety programs.

 

Lachazo has a history of traffic violations and had been arrested for stealing a cellphone from a convenience store in late 2017. The charge was dismissed evidently because he had no other arrests and he participated in a pretrial diversion program. Best Buy and the delivery companies could have denied Lachazo employment if his responsibilities included driving, because of the traffic violations. But Lachazo could not be denied employment for the theft because the charge was dropped.

 

A more recent development is that co-workers had serious concerns about working with Lachazo and his drug use, but there was no system for them to report their concerns to X.M. Delivery, J.B. Hunt or Best Buy. After being arrested Lachazo admitted to using cocaine and vaping marijuana before delivering Udell’s appliances.

 

Best Buy says it will join the Udell family in calling for legislation requiring mandatory background checks in the retail industry and “any other reasonable steps that can be taken to ensure this kind of tragedy does not occur again.”

 

As a matter of fact, there is existing legislation and associated and reasonable steps to preclude this kind of tragedy from occurring again and it applies to all industries. The American Bar Association notes that in addition to avoiding liability, it’s a good business practice and regardless of governance or size, every organization should implement voluntarily. The ABA is referring to a guideline based on a little-known Sarbanes-Oxley provision, that applies to all organizations regardless of size or governance. It requires that all entities have an effective compliance program, including a reporting system, to prevent and detect unlawful acts.

 

1st Notice’s research-based applications exceed all compliance requirements and are the most likely to prevent, and the first to detect criminal activity. And they associated with Shields, originally designed by parents for parents, to identify the organizations that had a system to protect their children.

 

Home delivery and services incidents are relatively rare, but we must demand that providers at least meet Federal guidelines and have a system to prevent and detect criminal acts. We should already know enough to demand them for schools, youth programs, senior home and residential care and workplaces, to protect those that are important to us, and ourselves.

 

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