A Charleston Area Medical Center security guard arrested on a drug-related charge had a criminal record. That has prompted CAMC to review its hiring practices.
According to court records, 27-year-old Billy Steven Casto of Sissonville, had been charged five times since 2001 -- three times in Kanawha County with forgery and writing bad checks, once in Putnam County with domestic battery, and once in Ohio with stealing checks.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department arrested Casto earlier this week on charges of trying to obtain Lortab, a prescription painkiller, with a forged prescription.
It was the second time in two years that a CAMC employee with a criminal record was arrested.
CAMC officials say background checks on prospective employees are performed regularly. But hospital spokesman Dale Witte says CAMC is reviewing its policies and practices to determine whether additional measures should be taken.
NEW: Here is a statement issued by CAMC:
CAMC is proud of its security department and the many fine people who work hard every day to help protect and assist the public and our patients, employees and medical staff. CAMC is investigating all the circumstances of the case involving the security guard who was arrested, but cannot publicly comment on specific personnel matters. CAMC does routinely perform background checks on prospective employees. CAMC does not knowingly hire security guards with adverse legal histories. CAMC is reviewing its policies and practices to determine whether additional measures should be taken.