The former CEO of the Nero Internet network is going into hiding after being accused of using fake IDs to get job offers at a high tech startup.
Josiah Reid, who was CEO of Nero Networks, a company that connects businesses and individuals with online content, was accused of creating a fake social security number to get offers at several tech companies, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.
The allegations were made during a recent interview with the Times by Reid’s attorney.
“He’s trying to get his company to hire him, but he’s being sued for it,” Reid’s lawyer, Joseph Danno, told the newspaper.
“It’s a crime.
You can’t get a job if you’re trying to fake your social security.”
The allegations came after several former Nero employees reported that Reid had repeatedly attempted to lure them with promises of high pay, free services, and other perks.
“Nero is a great company,” former employee Mark Hurd told the Times.
“I love working for them.
They’re good people.”
Neros claims that it was the result of a “miscommunication,” but Reid’s former employees say they’ve been paid less than their peers, and they say they were denied promotions.
The company has been working to repair its image, which was severely tarnished by the release of a 2005 documentary on the company called “Neroes Revenge,” which documented the company’s alleged misuse of millions of taxpayer dollars.
According to the Times, Reid was named to the Los Angles Business Council’s Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board in February after taking the reins at Neros after the company was bought by a private equity firm.
“It’s disappointing that this happened, but we’re confident that we’ll move forward and find a way to work together to make sure that Neros remains a leader in online technology,” Reid said in a statement to the newspaper after the board voted to recommend his nomination.
“I have full confidence in the leadership team that we’ve assembled here at Nero, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the years ahead.”
The Times report says Reid did not respond to requests for comment.
The Times reports that several former employees said they were harassed by Neros’ marketing department, which accused them of being gay, and that Reid threatened them with legal action if they spoke out about the harassment.
“There were threats,” one former employee told the paper.
“There were emails.
There was texts.
I was called names like ‘fag’ and ‘faggot.'””
There was a constant, constant pressure on me to shut up, and it’s just really scary, because there’s so much bad stuff going on, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” another former employee said.