On Education Verification

Wed, December 26th, 2012 - 10:03 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Before the year is out, it’s time to revisit some of my postings from the previous year.  One subject of great concern for employers conducting background checks for their employment screening program are education verification background searches.

As the economy remains on shaky ground and as the job market is highly competitive, more employment candidates lie on their resumes about their schooling.  Some will cliam graduation when in fact it was enrollment only.  And some will claim a degree when they never went near the school.


Here is but one article that explores the subject of education verification.  To read it, please click on this link.

New Hampshire Court Closings for Christmas Eve

Tue, December 18th, 2012 - 4:01 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening programs, please take note that New Hampshire county courts in the country will be closed for Christmas Eve.

New Hampshire Courts will be closed Monday, December 24, 2012 for Christmas Eve.

Corra Group will be closing at Noon Pacific Time, December 24th and will be closed Christmas Day, December 25th.  We will reopen Wednesday, December 26th.




When Employees Rob You Blind

Tue, December 18th, 2012 - 6:21 am - By Gordon Basichis

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We all hear about employees who steal from their employers.  Since the Recession and the economic downturn, employee theft has been up considerably.  Employees have personal financial difficulties, they get into all sorts of economic trouble, and then they embezzle to compensate.   Pretty remarkable, but many go for a long time before they are finally caught.  If they are caught.

We hear about bartenders who still from the till, employees who create a false vendor account in the company files and then invoice and pay for goods and services never rendered.

But here is a woman who stole from the church. She stole more than $1 Million from the Archdiocese of New York.  A million bucks.   That’s quite a bit more than robbing the collection plate.   She was sentenced to 4 and a half to nine years in prison.    As she is an elderly woman, that’s a tough price to pay.  But as they say…if you can’t do the time…..

According to the article in the  Wall Street Journal, A the Archdiocese had not conducted a background check that would have had revealed this woman had been caught stealing in the past.

According to the article…”Collins had previously been convicted of grand larceny in 1999 for stealing $46,000 from a temporary employment agency. However, officials from the Archdiocese, who did not comment on Collins’ sentencing Thursday, have said they were unaware of  Collins past criminal record because they were not doing pre-employment background checks when they hired her in 2003.

Authorities say that between July 2004 and December 2011 as an accounts payable clerk, Collins cut 468 unauthorized checks to “KB Collins” and deposited them in a bank account she controlled. She then manipulated the Archdiocese’s computer accounting system to make it appear as if they checks had been issued to a legitimate vendor.”



Doctor Jailed for Lying on His Resume

Wed, December 12th, 2012 - 12:02 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers conducting education verification background checks as part of their employment screening program, you should take note of the bogus claims on the part of candidates.  While most employment candidates are honest and straightforward there is a small but significant minority who will lie about their education.   Considering the weak economy and the highly competitive job market, desperate job applicants will stretch the truth, claiming degrees when they only went to college for a couple of years or, in some cases, never went at all.

In one case in the UK, an employee lied on his resume or CV.   He claimed to be both a nurse and then a doctor.   He claimed to be registered as a doctor with the Medical and Dental Council of Pakistan.  It was not true.

According to an article on BBC News…”the employee came to Britain in 2001, worked at three medical practices in the city between February 2004 and April 2011, working first as a health care assistant and finally as a locum GP.

At surgeries in Alum Rock, Aston and Sparkhill, he performed blood tests on patients and even prescribed medication.

Prosecutor Robert Davies told the court: “In simple terms the CV is almost entirely a work of fiction or misleading claims.”

So when considering an employment candidate for a position, always conduct an education verification background search.  At Corra Group, we have seen a good many counterfeit diplomas.  And all claims for degree or claims made on a resume, especially those that would prove consequential and garner liability issues, should always be thoroughly verified.

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