A joint investigation by two local newspapers has uncovered serious flaws in the automated fingerprint-based system being operated by Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.Supervisors at the BCI told reporters from The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV that although the 15-year-old system is still used for more than 1.3 million checks a year, that it was “running on borrowed time.”The fingerprint system is used to check the backgrounds of people taking on occupations such as school teachers, foster parents, medical professionals, police officers and firefighters.A supervisor wrote in a December email that system errors “could mean a person who committed a felony offense will not have this on their record.”The Bureau of Criminal Investigation said in the investigative report that many problems stem from electronic prints, totaling nearly 278,000 last year, submitted improperly through the so-called “Live Scan” system used by police, courts and employers to send images to the state agency.”More than 1,100 times from 2012 to 2014, BCI officials changed criminal histories recorded through flawed fingerprint scans as “no-hit” when, in fact, checks showed the people had “hits” – prior convictions with fingerprints on file.”