Background InvestigationsAccording to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's 2012 Report to the Nations, over 40% of workplace fraud was committed by employees, while an additional 37% of fraud was committed by managers. And, 33% of all fraud involved collusion by two or more parties. When collusion occurred, the average fraud loss jumped to $175,000. Females were the perpetrators of 35% of all of the fraud. Surprisingly, 9% of the total fraud was committed by those between the ages of 50-55 and the average loss perpetrated by those in that age range skyrocketed to $600,000. To lessen your fraud risk, you need an experienced team on your side.
At Mandala Investigations, we are well versed in the complexities of performing pre-employment screenings and background investigations. Beware of internet scams offering nationwide background checks. No such database exists. What those providers won’t tell you is that many courts, such as Los Angeles County Superior Court, do not sell criminal and civil records to data brokers. That information must be obtained directly through those courts. And, in California, the DMV records are not available through any database. Those records can only be obtained by licensed investigators. We also verify academic degrees and records. Do not settle for an applicant’s copy of their diploma. There are many internet firms that will issue very realistic diplomas for a few dollars.
There are many laws pertaining to the use of background investigations in pre-employment investigations and promotional investigations. Remain in compliance by utilizing a skilled and licensed investigative agency. A background check should be performed on every new hire and with any significant promotion.