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New York Courts To Increase County Criminal Background Check Fees

Wed, June 30th, 2010 - 6:31 am - By Gordon Basichis

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County Criminal searches are an essential background check for any employer’s preemployment screening program.   The County Criminal Records Search is the most exacting of criminal records searches as it will tell specifics about any criminal cases as well as provide to the employer any pending cases.  Nothing worst than hiring someone who is to be carted off to jail three weeks later.    And don’t think that doesn’t happen.

Anyway, as we all know most states have immediate budgetary concerns.  In short, most states are broke and trying to get money however they can.  One way to obtain extra revenue is to raise the rates on  public services, including MVRs through their Department of Motor Vehicles, and the County Court Fees.

In New York State there is the OCA, the Office of Court Administration.  This is the Unified Court System that retains and provides records for many New York Counties, especially those around New York City.    Simply put, to obtain country criminal records for any of the boroughs or counties around New York City you must go through the OCA.

The OCA is raising its rates.   Please be aware of the changes as it will effect your background checks pertaining to county criminal records pricing for New York.  Please review the list of the counties that will be effected.

It has recently come to our attention New York will be making a significant change to the current court fee structure. Please note the effective date of the change is July 1st, 2010. 

Jurisdiction Area Previous Fee Court Fee Effective Date
Allegany NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Bronx NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Cayuga NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Cortland NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Hamilton NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Kings NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Montgomery NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Nassau NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
New York NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Orleans NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Queens NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Richmond NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01
Statewide NY $55.00 $65.00 Thursday 2010.07.01

Man Charged with Running a Background Check Scam

Tue, June 29th, 2010 - 5:58 am - By Gordon Basichis

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No matter what business, what industry, what section of society, there is always at least one charlatan to gum up the works.   In this case, according to an article on Action 3 News, in Omaha, Nebraska, a Bellevue man was charged with running a background check scam.   The man formed a company and then convinced people who was running background checks for them by accessing the FBI and Interpol databases.  An interesting scam, for sure.

I have to wonder if his clients were puzzled when all of the job candidates and subjects came back as “clear,” meaning with no records found.  Some must have taken heart and thought at long last we are living in a perfect world where all the job candidates are walking around with unblemished records, no criminal histories, not even the proverbial winter vacation shoplifting charge for some suntan oil and a bottle of rum.

The man accused of running the bogus background checks is David Musk.  Must reported charged $600.00 per background check and made off with some $170,000, before anyone got wise.  My first thought was “who charges $600.00 for a background check?  My second thought was, ” who is paying this kind of money for a background check?”    Must be some kind of background check.

But not one conducted from the FBI or Interpol databases.  That’s for sure.  Private citizens cannot access these criminal database files.   And to scam people into believing you can…well…it’s not nice.

County Court Closings May Slow Background Checks

Mon, June 28th, 2010 - 6:51 am - By Gordon Basichis

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In case you have been asleep for the past couple of years, every state is hurting for money. There are budgetary concerns and some serious belt tightening operations.  Some states have order furloughs for employees and some states will close their courthouses on a periodic schedule.

Court closures may delay background checks as the courts tend to see a rush the day before the furloughed closure and the day after as well.  As the court clerks are often understaffed and overwhelmed, some delays are inevitable and unavoidable.   So for those who rely on country criminal searches as part of their background checks for their preemployment screening programs, we try to keep you apprised of any scheduled court closings.   Here is the schedule  for New Hampshire–

We would like to take this opportunity to notify you in advance of the following New Hampshire Court closures.  As a cost savings measure, the courts have pre-established dates of furlough and are listed below.  Should we encounter additional notifications, we will send additional memorandums.

Jurisdictions with dates of closure are listed below:

New Hampshire Month Date/Year
All Courts July 02,  2010
August 06,  2010
September 03,  2010
October 08,  2010
November 12,  2010
December 23,  2010

New Mexico May Start to Run Background Checks on Emergency Service Workers

Fri, June 25th, 2010 - 6:16 am - By Gordon Basichis

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There has been enough mayhem going on in the healthcare and caregiver sectors to cause enough worry for the oversight agencies.  There have been various reports and news articles, the most notable a joint study been Pro Publica and the Los Angeles Times, detailing how healthcare can find work, despite criminal histories and disciplinary actions taken against them.  I have written about this subject a number of times.  One such article is entitled, Suspect Caregivers Missed on Healthcare Sanctions Background Checks.

As if often the case, once the proverbial bad apple turns up, the governing bodies of various healthcare groups decide it is time to move forward with background checks and other forms of greater scrutiny.   One such bad apple had been convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.   When it was time to apply for his EMS license, or Emergency Medical Services,  he answered on the form that, no, he had never been convicted a felony or misdemeanor.  In short, he lied.  Not the first one to do so.

As the Emergency Service Licensing Board does not mandate background checks on EMS workers, the candidate’s previous criminal records were not discovered.  It took an anonymous letter to raise eyebrows and to look further.   The man was then denied his license renewal.

With the New Mexico regulations now in effect, State regulations allow the Emergency Medical Services Licensing Commission to deny, suspend or revoke the license of anyone found having sex with a patient, or who has a conviction for a felony or misdemeanor, or a conviction of a misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, exploitation or moral turpitude based on a court record of conviction.  But there is no mandate for background checks.   So how do you find out about an EMT’s  criminal history, whether he is a sex offender, or has been disciplined by related bodies?  You don’t.   The EMS Bureau has relied on self-reporting.    Up until now.

According to Fire Engineering, more than 20 states now deny licenses to people convicted of certain felony crimes, and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians denies certification to anyone convicted of felonies involving sexual misconduct; physical or sexual abuse of children, the elderly or the infirm; and any crime involving patients.

The discredited EMT  worker may be the Albuquerque’s “Arroyo Molester.”   The suspect awaits trial  in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on 25 felony charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, kidnapping with intent of great bodily harm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sexual exploitation of a child.

I think it is fair to say that at times we are not at all proactive about background checks.  In fact, it often takes the worst examples in society, before we can move forward with background checks and other monitoring instruments that help protect the workplace and society in general.   This could be one of those examples.

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