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    It Just Seemed Too Good: How An Employee Gained Unauthorized Access to HIPPA Records and Lost Her Job

It Just Seemed Too Good: How An Employee Gained Unauthorized Access to HIPPA Records and Lost Her Job

Do the best you can, be kind and courtesy, have good work product and treat clients, patients and co-workers with respect, work well with others and be on top of your game.  All these applied to our Client, Amanda’s Office Manager Sharon, she was a team player from the outside and yet, things just seemed too good.   That saying:  If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!  So Amanda disregarded signs of change.  She didn’t notice Sharon was beginning to be a few minutes late getting to work, the phone rang a couple more times than necessary, the once chipper and eager girl she hired was more lax and a bit distant, but her work was good, so “don’t fix it” applied until one day [...]

Knowing the Unknown is a Valuable Tool

It isn’t easy to learn the truth and sometimes the truth isn’t easy on us either.  International Investigators, clears the path of misconceptions, intuitions and gossip and focuses on facts.

Sometimes the facts do not change the situation, and then there are times the facts create clarity and we see through all the haze and come out of the situation we are currently in better prepared to fight or to just let go.  We all want to know the truth; we want to know the facts so we can move on.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t receive calls, an emails or a walk ins from someone lost in their life.  They cannot, by themselves, muddle through their situation without assistance from [...]

Hi-Level Background Checks & Finding the Right Person

Applying for a Hi-Level Position, such as a CEO, CFO or President of a large company can be just the beginning. Before any Corporation can make a decision in hiring such an individual they will hire a private investigator with International Investigators, to have a Hi-Level Background Check conducted any perspective candidates. Private Investigators are being utilized in this capacity due to their ability to access information many businesses would not have access to and here at International Investigators we have the ability to access some of the most sophisticated databases not available to the public and many small and inexperience investigative companies.

In one such hiring, we conducted three simultaneous background checks upon three very impressive men with an equally impressive Curriculum Vitae’s. The [...]

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    Investigation Teaches a Business Lesson to an Unsuspecting Teen

Investigation Teaches a Business Lesson to an Unsuspecting Teen

Parenting is a tough job, especially when you want to protect your child and she is a very headstrong teen who thinks she understands everything about the way the world works. At least that was the comment from a worried parent who called International Investigators.

Katy* got her first job at the local ice cream shop and she was so excited. She had visions of money and freedom and a chance to get her own car. Her mom, Sandra* was equally as happy. She felt this was a good step for her 16-year-old daughter to learn the value of working for your money and the responsibility of a job.

However, shortly after she started, Sandra was getting “weird” feelings about the job. When she talked with [...]

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    Regardless of Gender, Background Investigations Should be Comprehensive and Accurate on Every Subject

Regardless of Gender, Background Investigations Should be Comprehensive and Accurate on Every Subject

Statically speaking, we know that more males than females are identified as sexual predators. Regardless of gender, anyone who expresses an interest in working as substitute teachers or coaches or reading tutors, school corporations conduct thorough background investigations.

Overall, in many businesses and organizations, new employment opportunities often hinge on the results of employment background checks as well. Accountants, pilots, financial advisors and potential candidates for a CFO position for large companies are all great examples of times when employee background checks, including investigation of a person’s financial, criminal background search and employment history, must be thoroughly examined. Although reasonable, that same level of diligence is not applied to the employment background check involving a female.

That was the case when a young woman in her [...]

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    Background Research Investigations Tell You Who You Are Hiring

Background Research Investigations Tell You Who You Are Hiring

The statistics on identity theft coming out are staggering and scary. Individuals are worried about losing control of their lives. Because authorities are overwhelmed with complaints, victims are usually sent away with the directive to come back once they have documentation of the culprit. International Investigators has helped countless individuals and families get the intel and evidence they need in order to file charges and lawsuits.

There is another side of identity theft that is infiltrating business. Applicants and successful candidates are not always who they say they are. References are friends and incriminating information is left out and hidden as well as possible.

What is an employer to do? Due diligence is routine in establishing major new partnership, and should be the norm when hiring [...]

Bring Due Diligence Home

When Marcy and Darren decided to hire a nanny, they went about the process just like they did when they hired any other contractor, plumber, etc. Once they narrowed the choices, they asked for resumes and references. Then they set time aside to check work records and contact references. They made decisions and moved right along to the next thing in life.

But then Marcy saw an interesting but disturbing news story. A couple in Florida had hired an older woman to be a nanny for their three young children. Before making the decision, they checked the woman's references, and they especially liked that the applicant was older, nearly 60, in fact. They hired her. But a few weeks after the new nanny moved in, [...]

Start Employment Process with Background Investigation

Our challenging economy has forced most business and company owners, large and small, to tighten their belts. Many business owners continue to struggle. But they certainly are not alone in the fight to keep their doors open. Many Americans continue to perfect the art of doing more with less.

In the midst of all that stress, remaining competitive in these very difficult times can sometimes feel overwhelming and exhausting, too. When a business owner feels such pressure, it can be the perfect recipe for disaster. Why? Because stress may inadvertently lead us to cut corners where we usually wouldn't. And cutting corners never leads to anything positive.

Let's say that the CFO of your company suddenly resigns, without notice. This loss throws you into a panic. [...]

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    Experience, Expertise and Cutting Edge Technology Provide Investigative Best Practices

Experience, Expertise and Cutting Edge Technology Provide Investigative Best Practices

When Ken and Sonya entered the door at International Investigators with their attorney, they were frustrated and felt very helpless. Their problem had been going on for several weeks. They had reached out to legal authorities but got few answers.

As many successful business owners do, this couple had purchased real estate in various locations across the country. Most of what they owned was within driving distance of where they lived in the United States, but they also had homes in locations where they enjoyed vacationing.

They had purchased a relatively large estate last year in a sunny vacation resort area. Soon after purchasing the property, they hired an individual to oversee the property. They had planned to make the trip at least twice each year, [...]

Background Check Services Save You Time and Worry

Few of us get the chance to dawdle these days. Whether we want to be or not, we are forced into fifth gear. We are busy doing, being, achieving. When we feel so over extended, we tend to make quick decisions and we can sometimes be rather careless about our choices. We neglect to conduct due diligence. None of this is intentional, of course. It is merely human nature.

But there is a big down side to avoiding due diligence efforts , even though it is completely unintentional. When you're tired and stressed, mistakes and poor decisions are much more possible, even for the most level headed person. In some instances, though, you can call on an ally to help – a private investigator. With [...]