Capps to require background checks for employees
December 16, 2013
Following the death of a 27-year-old woman in an accident caused by a then aide to Rep. Lois Capps, the congresswoman announced that she plans to make all current and future employees undergo criminal background checks. [KSBY]
Ex-Capps district representative Raymond Morua, 32, is accused of murder in the death of Mallory Ray Dies, 27. Dies died last week from injuries she suffered when Morua crashed his vehicle into her as she was crossing a street.
Morua had a .17 blood alcohol level at the scene of his arrest.
Capps’s ex-aide had two prior DUI convictions in Ventura County in 2006 and 2007.
Capps said she was unaware of the convictions when she hired Morua as a returning veteran and student at UC Santa Barbara.
“He was a student intern in our office,” Capps said. “Very outstanding work that he did. And he was an outstanding member of our staff.”
Morua is also charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of an accident that caused a death.
U.S. Capitol Police will perform the background checks on Capps’s employees.