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Background Searches

Bankruptcy
County Civil Search
County Criminal Search
Department of Corrections
DMV (driving history)
Employment
Education
Federal Criminal & Civil
License/Professional Affiliation
Police Report
References
Sex Offender
Social Security/Address Search
Social Security Number Verification
Work Comp

Bankruptcy

This is an insightful tool when considering a potential hire that will have access to money, assets, or company accounts. This is also very useful to help determine whether an individual is qualified to be involved in the company’s budget or finance decisions. 

County Civil Search

Civil searches are also performed at the courthouse. Civil searches provide us with financial suits as well as restraining orders and orders of protection. Civil records are often spread out through different divisions of the courthouse and it is important to make sure that all are searched individually. Civil records do not contain identifiers when searching by computer, therefore it is crucial that the investigator review the physical file to match personal information or known addresses to the subject. When used in conjunction with the social security number trace our investigators can pinpoint the most likely counties to search for maximum coverage.

County Criminal Search

Our county level criminal records search is the most thorough way available to search for misdemeanor or felony records. Criminal records are often spread out through different divisions of the courthouse (misdemeanors in one and a felony in another) and it is important to make sure that all records are searched individually. Investigators perform an onsite search where they have access to the physical files. Computer only searches commonly miss many records where information was entered incorrectly or not entered at all. When used in conjunction with the social security number trace our investigators can pinpoint the counties most likely to search for maximum coverage. 

Department of Corrections

This search is used to determine whether a subject has ever served one year or greater in the state prison system. This search is especially useful when budget restrictions don’t allow for multiple county searches.

DMV (driving history)

It is essential to check the driver history for any employee who is driving a company owned vehicle or when driving is a requirement for employment. It is also useful to see the history of an individual who may be operating mechanical equipment such as a fork lift. It is important to view whether or not there may be moving violations, auto accidents, driving under the influence, or suspensions charged to your potential employee. Our investigators will contact the state of issue and obtain the records for as far back as the state provides. Please note that the number of years on record can vary from state to state.

Education

Our investigators will verify the validity of the applicant’s highest degree of education.

 

Employment

Let our investigators do the leg work of making and returning phone calls. Applicants typically provide a list of their previous employers along with their supervisor’s phone number or state that the company no longer exists. Our investigators know from experience that many applicants will provide the name of a friend at their previous job or a phone number that belongs to a friend or relative. Our investigators research the company that the individual provides to determine the correct phone number and the individual within the company to verify employment. Many large corporations now utilize a third party, pay service for verifying employment in which case McGough & Associates will absorb the charges.

Federal Criminal & Civil

Any civil or criminal matter which falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government will not be found by checking at the county courthouse level. A separate check can be performed at the federal level which will cover all states.

McGough & Associates keeps an electronic copy of all background reports in the event your company ever needs a copy for your files or in the event of an audit.

Please keep in mind that the above services can be tailored to a package that suits your needs. McGough & Associates is a full service corporate investigative agency, licensed in more than 25 states with 14 locations.

License/Professional Affiliation

Our investigators will contact the appropriate agency/organization to verify the existence and validity of any license or certification the applicant provides on his/her resume or application. Many resumes contain license or certificates that are not required for employment in an attempt to bolster the applicant’s qualifications. Checking all license and certificates can give valuable insight into the integrity of the applicant.

Police Report

We will retrieve a copy of the incident in question. This search will document facts from auto accidents, civil and criminal cases, etc. Any cases sealed from the public will not be available.

References

Gain insight into what your candidate is truly like by cross referencing information about them through multiple sources in their personal or professional life by having them answer the same questions. Let our investigators do the leg work of making and returning phone calls to the applicant’s personal or professional references. Our investigators will use a standard list of questions or if you prefer, provide your own list of questions.

Sex Offender

Doing a criminal record search is not always enough to ensure that your subject is not a sex offender. Our research can cover every state where the records are available.

Social Security/Address Search

This search utilizes an on line database search to verify all names and addresses that are associated with subject’s social security number. Address information can then be used to determine which county court systems to search for criminal or civil records. Address information can also be used to check the accuracy & integrity of an individual’s application information if they have provided a previous address. Many applicants are aware that criminal record searches are commonly done in the area where they report that they have lived. Some applicants purposely avoid using an address in a county where they have a record.

Social Security Number Verification

Verified through SSA…or EEV/Basic Pilot through Department of Homeland Security Our investigators will contact the social security administration to determine the validity of the applicant’s social security number. You can arrange for our investigators to automatically perform the verification on any applicant when their social security number shows suspicious activity/information. You may request more information on the Basic Pilot Program available through the Department of Homeland Security from your account representative. McGough & Associates is authorized by D.H.S. to perform verification on behalf of our clients. 

Work Comp

This search provides insight to an employer who has an employee who has filed a suspicious work related injury claim. This can be helpful in determining whether the employee has had the same injury or contributing injuries during previous employment. Availability of workers’ compensation records vary from state to state. In some states the records can be viewed with a consent form signed by the subject. This can be a valuable search when used with a post offer medical questionnaire.