Corra Group Adds Monthly Sanctions Monitoring Background Checks for the Healthcare Industry

Thu, April 10th, 2014 - 10:20 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Medical Sanctions

Medical Sanctions

Corra Group has added monthly monitoring of healthcare sanctions background checks to its healthcare employment screening program. The monthly monitoring system helps keep any healthcare related institutions, including hospitals and medical centers, staffing and recruiting contractors, in compliance with the new guidelines issues last year from of the Office of Inspector General.

The updated OIG policy bulletin stipulates that “no Federal health care program payment may be made for any items or services furnished (1) by an excluded person or (2) at the medical direction or on the prescription of an excluded person.”

“Corra Group has offered a comprehensive list of background checks to the healthcare industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We provide such employment screening services as criminal records searches and drug screening. But now that the updated GSA guidelines are gaining impact, we are finding more of our healthcare clients requesting regular monitoring sanctions programs for their current and future employees.

“We are offering several types of healthcare related monitoring programs for excluded and sanctioned parties,” said Gustavson. “With one program we offer the Level One and Level Three FACIS searches. The Level One is a monthly search of the OIG and GSA excluded parties list. The Level Three FACIS search includes the OIG and GSA excluded parties list as well includes the OIG and GSA lists but incorporates any sanctions or disciplinary actions from some 2,500 local, state, or federal healthcare related agencies.


For the complete press release click on this link.

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.”


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