South Dakota Statewide Criminal and Country Criminal Records to Increase

Tue, December 11th, 2012 - 12:10 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for employment screening please be aware that South Dakota will be raising its statewide criminal  records fees and its county criminal records fees.

As of January 1st, 2013, the statewide criminal records fee, which was formerly $15.00 will now be $20.00.   The county criminal records fee will also  increase from $15.00 to $20.00.




No Background Checks Enable Pedophiles Gain Entry to Boy Scouts

Wed, December 5th, 2012 - 11:45 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The Boy Scouts didn’t want to conduct background checks on their staff or their volunteers.  Now that they have embraced such a foolish policy, it is reported that pedophiles are now part of the Boy Scouts organization.  Simply lovely.

Since the 1980’s when sexual predator scandals broke out among different youth organizations a good many of these organizations started conducting background checks.  But not the Boy Scouts.  Why?  The Boy Scouts cited money, the discouragement of volunteers, and providing a false sense of security as the main reasons for not conducting background searches.    The basic tool for protecting children did not seems sensible or cost effective to the Boy Scout Hierarchy.”

The Boy Scouts claim they have an excellent screening program in place.   Evidence and the number of sexual predators working with the Boy Scouts seems to make that claim less than credible.

I will leave  it to the reader to decide.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times..”From the time national background checks became widely available in 1985 until 1991 — when the detailed files obtained by The Times end — the Boy Scouts admitted more than 230 men with previous arrests or convictions for sex crimes against children, the analysis found.

The men were accused of molesting nearly 400 boys while in Scouting. They accounted for one in six of those expelled for alleged abuse during those years.

Scouting officials declined to be interviewed but said in a prepared statement that they have enhanced their policies over the years and tried “to ensure we are in line with and, where possible, ahead of society’s knowledge of abuse and best practices for prevention.”

“Numerous independent experts have recognized that our programs for protecting Scouts from abuse are among the best in the youth-serving community,” it said.

The Scouts’ past handling of child sexual abuse has come under increased scrutiny since October, after the court-ordered release of hundreds of confidential files dating back decades. The Times earlier obtained and analyzed a larger and more recent set of files — about 1,900 dossiers opened from 1970 to 1991.

Corra Group Offers Extended Year Background Checks

Tue, December 4th, 2012 - 11:52 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has expanded its services for extended year background checks in order to meet the requirements of industries in need of conducting background searches beyond the typical seven year framework. In addition to its employment screening service, Corra Group will conduct county criminal records and county civil records retrievals from every courthouse in the United States.

“We have identified a need where certain industries are looking to conduct the kind of vetting that extends well beyond the typical seven year framework,” said Gordon Basichis, Corra Group Co-Founder. “Private equity groups and financial investment concerns before getting involved in co-ventures and loans, will often want to conduct a more thorough background search of the principals of the companies with whom they are about to engage.

“The same holds true for attorneys and security investigators,” said Basichis. “Such business entities as law firms and private investigators are looking to conduct background checks that can extend to all records available within a particular county courthouse. In some cases, we have requests for as much as a thirty year extended records search. Corra Group has the capability of retrieving any available records, regardless of when the case was first filed. We can obtain the records themselves, and we can also provide the file copies of those records for a more detailed review of the court case.”

For the entire press release click on this link.


Wyoming Commercial Driver Reports Will be Available Through Corra Group as of December 3rd, 2012

Fri, November 30th, 2012 - 1:01 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers and DOT trucking companies conducting Motor Vehicle Driving Records as part of their compliance background checks, Corra Group is pleased to announce it will be adding the Wyoming MVR, a ten year driving report for Commercial Drivers.   Please note that these records are available only for non-insurance purposes and must be ordered under the DPPA Code 09 – which is specific towards commercial drivers.

Corra Group is a full service employment screening service for  the Department of Transportation compliant trucking and transportation industry.



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