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Uber Hired Drivers With Criminal Past

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Uber hired 25 drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco with criminal records, including those convicted of property crimes, sex offenses, and murder. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said the car service had been misleading consumers about its screening process, adding that the records Uber uses to check for sex offenses are missing 30,000 individuals whose convictions occurred more than seven years ago. Uber has argued that some states require the company to limit their timeline on background checks, as a way to help rehabilitate offenders. The state’s claims are part of an amended complaint to a civil suit, filed in December, that says Uber knowingly continued to mislead consumers about screening.