I have posted this anonymously for obvious reasons.

We are a firm of chartered accountants and have recently appointed someone in a position of trust.

It has been suggested to one of our partners that this person has a previous conviction for fraud.

There are gaps in the career history but these were explained at interview and appeared genuine. We have been unable to follow up on references from the two employers listed on the CV as both have ceased trading.

How do I handle this? If it is true we will want to terminate the contract.