Can you imagine being sued for $25 million for not conducting a simple background check on a potential employee? The New York Post reports that a Staten Island judge has ruled that the family of a cop murdered by a car salesman can sue the killer’s former boss, because the dealership never ran a background check before hiring him.
When Dexter Bostic shot Officer Russel Timoshenko in 2007 in Brooklyn, the killer was already a convicted felon and had served two prison sentences for gun possession and robbery. Timoshenko, a rookie from Staten Island, died at Kings County Hospital.
The suit seeks $20 million for wrongful death and $5 million for pain and suffering. Five Towns Mitsubishi in Inwood, LI, and its parent, Airport Auto Group are named as defendants.
The suit says Bostic was hired despite “multiple violent-felony convictions” and being on parole for a sex offense.
He allegedly took dealership cars as he pleased and gave other felons access to them.
According to court records, on the night of July 28, 2007, Bostic entered the dealership and took the keys for an unregistered BMW X5. Then, along with two accomplices, he attached plates registered to another car.
Timoshenko and his partner, who was wounded in the incident, pulled over the BMW, and bullets started flying. Bostic is serving a life sentence.