"I take it you're doing some sort of background check then?"
"It's a bit like that, yes," I said.
"At the outset, I have to tell you that I'm not at liberty to divulge any of the personal information of a member of our faculty."
"Yep, understood and I'm not looking for that kind of information," I said. "I'm hoping I could give you a name and show you a photo. I only need for you to tell me if this person is or isn't on the faculty here."
"I see. Then I don't believe that would violate any of our policies."
"Awesome," I said. I handed Dean Omatsu the photo Madison had given me. She looked at it for several moments.
"And the name?"
"Bernard Clemens," I said.
"Without the necessity of consulting our records, I can tell you that we do not have a faculty member by that name. I have been the dean here for eight years, and to my knowledge, there has never been a Clemens on the faculty of this college. Further, I do not know the man in this photograph."
"Sweet," I said. "Thank you very much Dean Omatsu. You've been a great help. I appreciate your time."
"What's this about?" Omatsu said. "Is this man a criminal of some sort?"
"I'd love to tell you all about it, Dean Omatsu. But, I'm not at liberty to divulge that information. Privacy concerns, and that bit. I'm sure you understand."
Omatsu studied me for a moment and then nodded.
I took my leave and headed back to the administration building and my motorbike. It was official. Clemens had lied about being a professor at the University of Hawaii. I found myself wondering what else he had lied about.
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