Workplace Violence in a Kansas Radio Station

Tue, June 19th, 2012 - 5:22 am - By Gordon Basichis

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When we think of workplace violence we tend to think of being harmed by a fellow employee.   That is the first impulse and a natural one at that.    If you read headline or hear about an incident, first impression is that  someone went nuts on the job and hurt co-worker.  Or it was a case of  harrassment or verbal or psychological abuse.

But workplace violence can occur from without.  External forces, non-employees can intrude upon the workplace and cause harm.  Very often it is the significant other of a worker who sees fit to invade his partner’s workplace and wreak havoc on his allegedly beloved and perhaps some other workers in a package deal.   Women are most often the victims in these case.

But then there are the types of job where workers are vulnerable to violence from external intruders.   Workers can be robbed or beaten , killed in the extreme circumstances.   There may be a motive behind the violence, such as a robbery, or there may be no motive at all.   Just some crazy loon snapped out and decided to hurt somebody.

According the an article from Associated Press, a 48-year-old homeless man is in jail this week after breaking into a Topeka, Kan., television station and stabbing two employees. The incident began after the man, came to the station and talked to the news director about what he saw as his mistreatment at the hands of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The man was told to leave by the news director but returned 10 minutes later, smashing the station’s glass doors with a lamp, and then running through the station wielding a knife and injuring two sales workers. The suspect was eventually tackled and subdued by several employees. Police took the man and the two wounded employees, neither of whom were seriously hurt, to the hospital, before booking the assailant on aggravated battery and other charges.

Bottom line, in this world of ours, you just never know.

Norwegian Mass Murderer Supported Himself With Diploma Mill Scam

Thu, June 14th, 2012 - 4:28 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Many are aware of diploma mills. Diploma mills are nefarious services that either issue forged diplomas from legitimate universities or have bogus online unaccredited colleges that sell your a diploma earned for “life experience.   For a certain fee you can get a Bachelor’s Degree.  A few bucks more and you can get a Master’s or Doctorate.

It’s a scam.  As Corra Group, a background checking agency, we uncover bogus degrees issued from diploma mills with relative frequency.  Some are well conceived and almost look legitimate.  Others are pretty funky. Many of the Diploma Mills whose sites permeate he Internet adopt the names of Universities and Colleges that approximate the names of esteemed and accredited universities.  The name of the school almost sounds right, sounds like you have heard it before.  It’s like looking at the trademark on a counterfeit handbag or watch, or pair of jeans, and thinking it looks like the real one.  Only it’s not.  Far from it.

So who has been working the diploma scam?  Why none other than Anders Behring Breivik, the right wing Norwegian nut job who used the money to finance his bomb attack on a government building in Oslo and who later shot up all those people on the nearby island of Utoya.     In all, Breivik earned over $1 million dollars by pumping out bogus diplomas.  It’s hard to  imagine, but out in this world slippery and desperate employment candidates are trying to pass off to recruiters and human resources personnel  diplomas from fake universities that Breivik created.

According to an article in the University World News…”A young data expert who did not give his full name confirmed in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper VG that he had assisted Breivik in this undertaking during 2004-05, from his home in Asia, and that he was paid promptly for his work. He said he made up to 200 false documents a month for Breivik, VGreported.”

It has been remarked that this sick person went to elaborate and time consuming lengths to plan his operations of mayhem and murder.   All funded by money from unethical characters trying to pass themselves off as someone with a college degree.

So, I guess, we can say there are diploma mills,  that service the incredibly lazy.  And then there are diplomas mills that have funded one of the worst crimes in the decade.  And that’s saying something, these days.

Corra Group Meets Increased Need for International Background Checks

Fri, June 8th, 2012 - 11:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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El Segundo, CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

Corra Group has expanded its sourcing capabilities to meet the marked increase in the need forinternational background checks. The increase in international background searches is a result of more American employers recruiting applicants from abroad.

“Within the past five years or so, American companies are recruiting qualified candidates from a variety of foreign countries,” said Gordon Basichis, Corra Group Co-Founder. “Some of these candidates are being recruited to staff the corporation’s foreign offices, and many have the advanced skill sets that are missing in a quantity of domestic graduates. Screening them to assure they are eligible for employment has altered the dynamic of industry.”

Basichis noted more employers are hiring foreign recruits in both traditional and developing industries. They are being recruited by small and mid-sized contractors and larger corporations operating in healthcare, technology, finance, and the defense industries.

“The positions for which they are being recruited are often sensitive in nature,” said Basichis. “There are definitive concerns regarding confidentiality, national security, and access to proprietary information. For recruiters and corporate human resources departments, it is mandated by most employers that a thorough employment screening program be conducted on every candidate.

“If the recruit has been educated abroad, then it is incumbent the staffing entity conduct criminal records, as well as employment verification and education verification in the countries where the candidate has lived, worked, or attended college,” said Basichis. “It is essential that Corra Group continues to seek international resources that can respond to these needs with accuracy and in a timely fashion.”

Basichis noted that this intensified recruiting of international students is a measure taken by key employers to satisfy their current needs for highly skilled and educated workers. “It is also their way of assuring there will be an enduring flow of talent through the various industrial pipelines that keep their businesses competitive in the global market,” he said.

There are thousands of jobs going unfilled for the lack of skilled workers,” said Basichis. “If the government can somehow streamline its procedure for granting immigrant status to talented foreign applicants, then the hiring process will further intensify. Meeting demand for comprehensive international employment screening is a continual and evolving process.”

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The Increased Risk of Corporate Espionage

Fri, June 8th, 2012 - 6:32 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated a new campaign to thwart the increased use of  industrial espionage.   According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal ,  the new campaign will focus on the prevention of  corporate espionage.   The FBI will feature billboards in nine cities, pronouncing, “Protect America’s Trad Secrets.”

As many businesses can tell you, corporate espionage has been on the increase during the last few years.   From a strategic viewpoint, among the more unscrupulous companies, there is greater benefit in stealing another company’s trade secrets than conducting the costly and time consuming research and development on their own.

There is few things worse as is the case with one company that approached Corra Group, where they discovered certain trade secrets that put them at the top of their industrial sector had been compromised through industrial espionage.  As with a good many cases, the theft of proprietary information came from within the company.   Other methods are through hacking into the computer systems, planting a mole, or just plain old burglary.  Despite what is depicted in glitzy Hollywood movies, sometimes breaking into a business is neither as high tech or as difficult as the film would make it out to be.    And, of course,  a good many industries, as headlines prove over and over, have relatively insecure security systems that allow for hacking, data theft and cyber invasions that could seriously compromise the new technology or physical product.

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