Corra Group to Close Background Checking Offices for Memorial Day Weekend

Fri, May 24th, 2013 - 5:00 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening programs, please take note that Corra Group will close its office at On P.M. Friday, Pacific Time and will remain closed through Monday May 27th.

Corra Group will be open for regular business hours, Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time.

Corra Group Now Offers FCMSA PSP Trucking Background Checks

Thu, May 23rd, 2013 - 6:40 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is now offering PSP background checks. The PSP Report is the Pre-Employment Screening Check that is issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) and offers trucking and transportation companies access to critical commercial drivers’ safety history data.

“The PSP gives our trucking clients access to their commercial driver’s 5-year crash and 3-year roadside inspection history,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “The PSP background check allows our clients to make better informed hiring decisions as they staff their fleets. A PSP report reveals all crash, inspection, and violation activity, regardless of whether the driver was convicted. In short, clients can use PSP to weed out insurance risks and to hire the safest drivers.”

“We find a great many of our transportation clients are using the FMCSA employment screening report to gain insight into a potential employee’s driving habits and behaviors,” said Gustavson. “It’s great for any training program. The information in a PSP report can be used to develop individualized education focused on the most immediate needs for a particular driver.”


For the complete press release click on this link

Old Mobster’s Lawyers Object to Jury Background Checks

Fri, May 17th, 2013 - 10:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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James “Whitey” Bulger was a ferocious Boston gangster.  As the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, he was suspected of countless crimes, including murder.  He took it on the lam in 1994 and the law did not catch up with him until 2011.   They found Bulger living a quiet life with his girlfriend, in Santa Monica, California.   They had a modest apartment with cash money stashed in the walls.  Some unique insulation.    His Santa Monica neighbors thought of Bulger as grumpy and private.  That would figure.

So now he is back in Boston, Massachusetts and preparing to go on trial.   Now the prosecution wants to conduct background checks on prospective jurors.  Bulger’s defense attorneys consider this harassment.  Interesting.

According to Boston.con…”Prosecutors filed a motion Thursday arguing that background checks could help determine whether potential jurors have truthfully answered questionnaires and would minimize the possibility of a mistrial.”

Be curious to see how this plays out in court.

Shoplifting rings–the Scourge or Retailers

Thu, May 16th, 2013 - 4:34 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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There is a new term for shoplifting rings–ORC, or Organized Retail Crime.  Nasty Stuff.   Retailers are having a tough time preventing this highly organized and sophisticated method of retail theft.  Organized boosters do not just steal the big stuff, but the smaller and seemingly incidental items they can resell within the underground market.

According to the article on ABC–”Tide detergent is currently a hot target because it is compact, expensive and easy to sell on the streets for profit, police said. The Street name: “liquid gold.”

“Sometimes we get rings that just do alcohol,” Lee said. “And then we get some that do just meat and seafood.”

Investigators say boosters move the loot for cents on the dollar to fencing operations — the black market resellers of the stolen goods — which sell the stolen merchandise in plain sight in stores. Boosters, fencers, Mr. Bigs, all of those involved in these shoplifting operations can potentially make millions a year from boosting and re-selling stolen goods.”

According to the article, annual losses to retail shrinkage are as high as $37 Billion.

Police are cracking down on the  boosters.   There are raids galore and secret warehouse are filled with contraband confiscated from the raids.

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