Federal Court Closures Possible

Wed, October 16th, 2013 - 8:59 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting federal criminal records searches and federal civil records searches as background checks for employment screening, please take note–

 

Though it now looks as if a deal is imminent to end the Congressional budget impasse, refund the federal government, and avoid default, should the deal not materialize the fate of U.S. Federal Courts remains uncertain. In the face of  Thursday, October 17′s default deadline, the U.S. Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania has issued an order declaring many of its workers essential, which gives the impression that courts will continue to operate regardless of a default. This release by Hon. Theodore A. McKee, Chief Circuit Judge of New Jersey’s Third Judicial Circuit seems to confirm that the courts will remain open, but unknown is how a default will affect court record research. According to reports,  the compromise being negotiated in the Senate will only fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt ceiling through February 7. The proposed deal would require both houses to appoint members to a budget conference that would establish a plan for broader deficit reduction in December. As this report in the online magazine Slate points out, U.S. courts have already been contending with sequester budget shortfalls. Whether a default will represent a new crisis or more of the same is unclear at this time. Even if a deal can be brokered in time to avoid default, U.S. courts may face further cutbacks.

Rest assured, we will be monitoring the situation closely and will keep you apprised of any changes in service as things develop.

Affordable Care Act Navigator Found to Have Outstanding Warrants

Tue, October 15th, 2013 - 12:15 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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This is troubling.  A director for one of the outreach and enrollment centers, serving as navigators to facilitate the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as some like to say, was found to have outstanding warrants. the person in question apparently has a civil charge for a bad check, is in arrears on her tax bills, and has an outstanding arrest warrant for, so far, unspecified charges.

Apparently, the federal government did not require background checks on the ACA navigators.  To me this increases the risk of identity theft.   The navigator, I would assume, while facilitating the healthcare process, would be given access to an applicants private data.  Someone desperate could lift the applicant’s identity and use it in any number of ways.  Most of them are illegal.

I find it odd that while it is for just cause people are demanding background checks for firearms purchases, the navigators with access to ACA applicant’s personal data are getting a pass.

This article from the Daily Caller is of interest.  Millions of persons are victims of identity theft every year.  I would think it imprudent for any official body to be enablers of this additional crime.

Here is an excerpt from the article…”“[T]he main concern for consumers is the heightened risk of identity theft and financial loss from a poorly managed outreach campaign,” the Oversight Committee report said. “Navigators and Assisters will come into contact with a plethora of personally identifiable information (PII), including an applicant’s Social Security number, date of birth and income, as well as the PII of everyone in an applicant’s household.”

The Obama administration’s decision not to require background checks for navigators compounds the privacy risks, the Oversight Committee wrote.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/14/obamacare-navigator-in-kansas-has-outstanding-arrest-warrant/#ixzz2hosxasSC

 

Employee Theft–Head of Jewish Charity Accused of Multi-Million Theft

Wed, October 9th, 2013 - 9:17 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Employees can rob you blind.  Employee theft has been on the increase since the middle of the Great  Recession.  Desperate people commit desperate acts.  And venal people just want to enrich themselves.

So now here is a god that became the head of one of the most prestigious charities.  Almost from the beginning, police say, he started to steal.  In all he allegedly took around $5 Million.  From a charity.  Nice work.  If you are a scumbag.   Some of the money allegedly went to his co-conspirators.   Fellow scumbags.

According to the article in the New York Times….”The charges, which the complaint said were in some measure based on investigators’ interviews with Mr. Rapfogel and the two people referred to as co-conspirators, stem froman inquiry by the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli. They began to look into Mr. Rapfogel’s stewardship of Met Council after the organization detected the improprieties and alerted state authorities.

“It’s always sad and shocking when we discover that someone used a charity as their own personal piggy bank — but even more so when that scheme involves someone well respected in government and his community,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a news release announcing the charges.

Mr. DiNapoli said, “The scale and duration of this scheme are breathtaking.”

Sometimes background checks won’t reveal that someone is a thief. Sometimes they do.  But then there are other signs that may be telling.  An upgrade in the automobile, better suits, jewelry.  Running MVR driving records can indicate

Court Delays in Washington D.C.

Wed, October 2nd, 2013 - 3:08 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those who order background checks for pre-employment screening, please be aware that there are delays in Washington D.C. for county criminal records searches and county civil records searches.   The shutdown of the federal government has caused a backlog in these orders.

Due to the ongoing Congressional budget impasse, courts in Washington, D.C. are experiencing reporting delays. We will keep you apprised of any court closures or changes in service as the situation unfolds.

 

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