Retail Theft–Preventing the Inside Job–Adding Security to Thwart Thieves

Tue, April 1st, 2014 - 11:18 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Economically, the Dakotas are booming, along with a number of other states that have developed the natural gas and oil fields that are contributing to American energy independence.   Salaries are quite lavish, and good help is hard to find.   It is no small feat getting people to relocate to the colder climes, even with the attractive pay scale.   And with the handsome salaries there is a increased cost of living.  Simple apartments that once went for five hundred can now go for a couple thousand dollars.

Then there is the crime.   Like all boom towns, money draws the beggars, tramps, and thieves.  It draws the hookers and the drug dealers, the gamblers and the con artists.   There is energy aplenty and with it there are scams galore.   Rings of retail store thieves have been hitting the shops with fake credit cards.  Shoplifting is nuts, and most certainly in desperation to staff a business employers are overlooking some of the criminal records found in background checks, or reducing employment screening to a cursory glance.

According to an article on Keloland Televsion retail theft cost the state of South Dakota some $95 Million, last year.  Even when you are making money 95 mil is a lot of money to lose.

The article further reported…” Groups of people hitting stores with fake credit card numbers or going in to steal large quantities of merchandise: organized retail crime is a growing problem in South Dakota.  But the state has tough new laws against it and that should help save you money.

When you hit the aisles of Lewis Drug, you can expect that someone is always watching.  Security cameras are a big part of catching retail crime.”

“Something we’re seeing with the organized end of it is a team coming in and shoplifting together, where before it might just be one individual. Now it’s two or three or more people involved with it,” Director of Safety and Loss Prevention for Lewis Drug Herb Rosin said.

That’s the kind of thing new laws in South Dakota aim to crack down on.

“This isn’t shoplifting.  Shoplifting is a whole different subject, a misdemeanor type crime. This is organized–the conspiracy concept.  There it’s a very organized and thought through process,” Attorney General Marty Jackley said.”

Corra Group Increases Business Research Background Checks to Latin America

Wed, March 26th, 2014 - 2:29 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has expanded its due diligence services to further extend a series of background checks to Latin America, as well as the Far East and Middle East. As part of its business research expansion the El Segundo, CA based company will offer criminal and civil reports as well as Business Credit Reports  for millions of companies in most nations.

“There is a lot of turmoil in Latin America right now,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Gordon Basichis. “Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil are experiencing varying levels of instability. Crime has increased, and the economies of previously promising nations are in a downturn.

“We have clients that are looking to engage companies in Latin America,” said Basichis. “They want to provide goods and services to the businesses in Central America and South America. But they are wary, after they deliver, that they will not get paid. They are concerned that certain companies who have incorporated offshore, in the Caribbean may not be as legitimate as claimed. They are concerned the corporate principles may have criminal histories or checkered pasts. Private equity and venture capital groups have their own concerns—whether to invest in Latin American companies.

Basichis noted that Corra Group has been increasing its corporate research instruments in these areas. He explained that the company is constantly searching for new types of background checks they can provide to concerned clients.


For the complete press release pleas click on this link.

Microsoft Employee Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets

Thu, March 20th, 2014 - 1:41 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Employee theft has been on the increase since the Great Recession.   With the economic downturn employees in desperate shape resorted to stealing in order to make extra bucks or to supplement their own personal needs.  Along with corporate espionage employee theft is no laughing matter.  It is no longer just some worker stealing pens and notepads.   Some setup dummy accounts in the accounts payable where they siphon money to themselves.  Some outright embezzle. And then some steal trade secrets and proprietary information and try to peddle them elsewhere.

As an employer, if you had a downsizing and now are rehiring old employers, don’t think the background checks you ran four year previous are relevant at this point in time.   Employment screening should be considered an ongoing program, where you can run background checks on a more frequent basis.

According to an article in Bloomberg…”Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national, was arrested yesterday and ordered held without bail, according to federal court filings in Seattle. He admitted to Microsoft’s investigators that he provided the confidential information to the blogger, according to the criminal complaint filed by U.S. prosecutors.

Microsoft was alerted to the theft in 2012 by an individual, who asked that his identity wouldn’t be disclosed and who had been contacted by the blogger to help examine code for the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit, a product developed for internal Microsoft use only, according to the complaint.

The company’s internal investigation traced the leaked information to Kibkalo, a seven-year employee who was working as a software architect in Lebanon, prosecutors said.”


More Courts Closed to Bad Weather

Mon, March 17th, 2014 - 10:04 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers conducting employment screening along the East Coast, here are more court closures.


We would like to take this opportunity to notify you of weather delays that are currently being experienced throughout eastern sections of the country.


Minor delays may occur for some searches.    Corra Group will be sure to return results as expeditiously as possible as weather conditions continue to improve.


Specific states with indicated delays are listed below:



West Virginia

Washington, DC

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