Search Delays for Country Criminal Background Checks in San Luis Obispo California Courts

Tue, March 27th, 2012 - 5:58 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening programs, please be aware that there is a search delay in the  San Luis Obispo, California Courts.

The court has removed the public index and all records retrievals must be conducted through the court clerk.

Employee Theft Among the Valued Employees

Tue, March 20th, 2012 - 5:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Employee theft has been on the increase.  Since the Recession more and more cash strapped employees have resorted to stealing to offset reduced wages and maybe their overspending.   A simple fact of life, the economy declines and crime goes on the rise.

In this case the employee theft has greater implications.  A  woman in the accounts payable department at the New York Catholic Archdiocese has been accused of embezzling about $1 Million.    He colleagues have praised her devotion, her charitable and volunteer work.   But still she is accused of stealing close to a million bucks.

She didn’t live lavishly, but according to the article in the New York Times, she had a fetish for dolls and collected many expensive dolls.  She bought furniture from Bloomingdale’s, and she bought clothing from Barney’s.  Buying clothing from Barney’s is, after all, a touch on the lavish side.

Would background checks have detected any past criminal records?  Probably not.  Next time around, if there is a next time around, background checks will reveal a previous criminal history.    There may be aptitude and psychological tests that picked up on her proclivities, but as with many employees there is a first time for everything.


Watch Corra Co-found Gordon Basichis Tonight on E! News

Fri, March 16th, 2012 - 1:48 pm - By Nick Gustavson

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Watch Corra Group Co-Founder Gordon Basichis tonight on E! News, at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Western. Gordon Basichis will discuss Jermaine Jones, the American Idol candidate, and best practice tips for conducting background checks for the Entertainment Industry.


When Workplace Violence is Not the Greatest Career Move

Fri, March 16th, 2012 - 5:11 am - By Gordon Basichis

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As a background screening company, Corra Group hears of incidents of workplace violence.  We review criminal records that are the results of convictions due to workplace violence.   I have written extensively on the subject with one such article  entitled, When Workplace Violence Reaches Critical Mass.

But now here is a really unique story where a California Deputy DA allegedly threatened her boss with workplace violence.   In fact, it is alleged  she threatened to kill her boss.    In fact she allegedly specified how she would perform the nefarious deed.  By injecting her boss with insulin.    She was arrested for her efforts and now faces criminal charges.

According to the article in the Desert Dispatch….”Hass told investigators McClanahan came to Hass’s office the day the threat was made and said she wanted to kill herself. Hass called 911, and McClanahan was taken to Barstow Community Hospital by ambulance. When Hass was speaking with McClanahan in the hospital later that day, McClanahan told her she wanted to kill Peterson, adding it would be easy to load up a syringe with insulin and inject her when the two were alone in the elevator.

Insulin, when injected into a non-diabetic person, may result in a coma and possibly death.  This was not the first time McClanahan threatened to murder Peterson, according to the affidavit.”

According to the article, the Deputy DA had a bucket list of people she would murder if she discovered she only had a short time to live.   How interesting that she allegedly voice this to her co-workers.   Not real smart and definitely not the world’s greatest career move.

The Deputy DA may join defendants she has prosecuted as a guest of the State.   From a prosecutor to making license plates, or whatever.   I wouldn’t call it an enviable career track.


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