Edward Saucerman: Background Check Costs Explained

When a company or individual needs a background check performed, one might be surprised to find out how much it costs. Background check costs can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on why the investigation is being conducted and who is being investigated. There are several other factors that contribute to the complexity and expense of a background check.

The context and depth of the investigation will determine the number of hours spent, and consequently, the rate the investigator must charge. Depending on the target individual’s personal history, occupation, finances, and education, there might be a lot of information to sift through and decipher. For background checks that require looking into potential criminal activity or records, there is even more material to sift through. In addition, criminal data is not found in the same place as educational and financial data, which may require the investigator to take more time to retrieve it. Lastly, if a person has an alias, or a maiden name, then the search might need to be performed twice to capture all of the information correctly.

About the Author: Edward Saucerman has nearly ten years of experience in his own private investigation firm, The Titan Group. He has also been a police officer and worked with many departments and agencies prior to forming his own company. Ed Saucerman is involved in his community as an advisor to ITT School of Criminal Justice.

The Titan Group – Experienced Private Investigators

As the qualified manager for the Titan Group PI #26242, a professional investigations firm, Ed Saucerman oversees, and is responsible for, the firm’s operations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan. A veteran of nearly 25 years of law enforcement and investigatory service, he has made thousands of arrests and participated in countless investigations into a wide range of criminal activity. Additionally, Ed Saucerman has participated in numerous training programs covering various types of fraud and other white-collar crime.

The Titan Group PI serves a broad and varied clientele that includes law firms, school districts, various governments and their agencies, and corporations, as well as individuals. The firm handles several kinds of cases, including human resources, worker’s compensation, and SIU fraud cases.

Many of The Titan Group’s cases involve routine investigative work, such as interviewing witnesses and taking statements. This is a specialized element of the investigative process that requires significant training; for example, interviewers must be able to think on their feet and know when and how to ask follow-up questions.

Another element of the investigative process involves surveillance and sub rosa investigations, each of which implies confidentiality. The investigation’s objective is to uncover illegal activity, and the person or people being investigated are unaware of the investigation’s existence. There are many cases on record, for example, of people who, having filed workers’ compensation or other claims, are photographed performing acts their claimed injury or disability should prevent them from doing. Insurance fraud is another area where sub-rosa investigations are usually the most successful way to accumulate evidence against criminals.

Becoming a Qualified Manager

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With nearly 25 years in law enforcement, including 16 as a police officer, Ed Saucerman is well versed in police techniques. He has served as a training officer and is a certified instructor for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ G.R.E.A.T. Program. In 2003, Ed Saucerman founded The Titan Group and Workforce Investigations Group, and is the qualified agent for both firms.

Private investigation firms operating in many states are usually required to be under the daily operational control of a qualified manager, an individual with specific experience in law enforcement or a closely related field. People who work for private investigation firms are not required to be licensed private investigators (PIs), but they work under the supervision of a qualified manager. Acting as a PI without a license or the supervision of a qualified manager can expose a person to criminal liability.

To become a qualified manager in California, an applicant must be at least age 18, pass both a background investigation and a written examination, and have at least three years’ investigative experience, or 6,000 hours, in one of the following capacities:
– A paid sworn law enforcement officer with arrest powers employed by the federal, state, or local government.
– Military police of any of the US armed forces or National Guard.
– Insurance adjusters and employees of private investigators.
– Trained and certified arson investigators.

College-level training gives an applicant credit for some of the experience requirements of the qualified manager license. For example, an applicant with an associate of arts in criminal law, justice, or police science will be credited with 1,000 of the 6,000 hours of investigative experience. Those with a bachelor’s degree in those subjects, or a law degree, are only required to complete 4,000 hours of investigative experience.

Another form of investigative work that qualifies toward the experience requirement is locating people or property, commonly called “skip tracing.” Applicants with experience working for collection or repossession companies can be credited for their skip tracing experience, but only to the extent they actually perform such work.

Obtaining Private Investigator Licensure in the State of California

A licensed private investigator in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan, Ed Saucerman serves as Qualified Manager of the Titan Group, an investigations firm. Ed Saucerman brings over 15 years of police experience to the role and frequently provides training in investigations as an ATF-certified instructor.

Private investigators in the state of California must comply with more regulations than investigators do in many other states to become licensed. Before applying for licensure, a candidate must possess three years of full-time paid experience in investigations. Candidates may substitute a law degree or a combination of police science education and two or two and a half years of experience for this requirement. Many candidates obtain this experience through work in law enforcement or the military or as employees of other private investigators, repossessors, insurance companies or public defenders.

Candidates must pass a two-hour exam and pay a $175 licensing fee to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. Private investigators in California may also obtain a separate firearm permit which, when combined with a valid concealed-weapons permit from a local authority, allows them to carry a concealed firearm on duty. They must complete training in arrest powers as well as safe and effective firearms use before applying.

The Titan Group Professional Investigators Handles Workers’ Compensation Cases

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When workers are injured on the job, it can cost an employer a great deal of money. Edward Saucerman, owner and Qualified Manager of The Titan Group Professional Investigators, works with employers to investigate workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Saucerman and his team of investigators conduct inquiries in accordance with state laws in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan.

The Titan Group’s out of employment and course of employment (AOE/COE) investigations seek to uncover the facts surrounding possible on-the-job injuries. Investigators embark on a fact-finding mission, obtaining employee statements, interviewing witnesses, taking photographs, reviewing records, and finding background information pertinent to the worker’s claims of injury. These activities help to determine whether the injuries occurred during the course of employment while the employee was performing work-related activities.

Since conditions can change rapidly and memories can deteriorate, it is important to begin conducting AOE/COE investigations as soon as possible. The Titan Group Professional Investigators deploys a highly trained staff to perform these services in a timely and thorough manner.

Workers Compensation fraud

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A common red-flag for fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claims is when an injury occurs first thing Monday morning, or the Claimant alleges it to have occurred on Friday afternoon, but it is not reported until Monday morning.

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Computer Forensics and Workplace Investigations

One’s personal computer can hold a high degree of personal information, photographs, web history, and an assortment of other information. This information often paints a picture of the computer user’s life. In the current workplace environment, it is not uncommon for employees to utilize their desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones for the duration of their workday. While many employees do adhere to the policies of their workplace computer use policies; many turn a blind eye to the fact.

Recently, we conducted a workplace investigation in order to determine if an employee was viewing pornography on company issued equipment. Our computer forensic examination did help prove that this particular employee was viewing pornography. More alarmingly, it was discovered that this employee was viewing child pornography. The authorities were immediately notified, following the correct procedure. In another workplace investigation, we were hired in order to determine the extent in which an employee had been derelict in their duties. After a computer forensic examination was conducted, we were able to determine this employee was not only running several side businesses but also had been spending a majority of her day paying bills, planning vacations, and shopping online.

In making a computer forensic examination part of your workplace investigation policy, you can potentially uncover information that will assist you in determining the extent of any misuse of time, misuse of equipment, and potentially illegal activity being done in your workplace. Some employees are allotted tablets and smartphones capable of 4G, and it is not uncommon for them to use these items in their personal time. Is your company paying for its employee’s children to watch Netflix or YouTube videos during the evenings?

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Titan PI is licensed in Nevada

In the State of Nevada, in order to obtain your private investigation license, you are required to have at least five years (2,000 hours each year, totaling 10,000 hours) of compensated experience in investigative work and/or experience to include but not limited to; law enforcement, a law degree, degree in related field, criminal law, or other related experience. The Titan Group, Professional Investigations Qualified Manager has over 40,000 hours of experience as a Sworn Police Officer, School District Police Officer, Private Investigator, and Qualified Manager of Investigative agency licenses throughout the USA.

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Titan PI’s Experienced Investigators

In the State of California, in order to obtain your private investigation license, you are required to have at least three years (2,000 hours each year, totaling 6,000 hours) of compensated experience in investigative work and/or experience to include but not limited to; law enforcement, a law degree, degree in related field, criminal law, or other related experience. The Titan Group, Professional Investigations Qualified Manager has over 40,000 hours of experience as a Sworn Police Officer, School District Police Officer, Private Investigator, and Qualified Manager of Investigative agency licenses throughout the USA.

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Does Your Company Need Employment Background Investigation?

Poor hires can cost businesses a great deal of money. Along with lost recruiting costs, poor hires can bring decreased productivity, missed deadlines, client loss, and many other issues. Hiring the wrong employee can even lead to expensive lawsuits and loss of business from bad publicity.

Professional background screening can help an employer to make more confident hiring decisions. A background investigation also streamlines the hiring process by uncovering red flags in a potential employee’s past, including poor credit, excessive workers’ compensation filings, tax liens, identity theft issues, problem driving records, or lawsuits. Rather than expecting current staff to do screenings, employers who wish to hire at all organizational levels will benefit by allowing professionals to perform the checks; such investigation is not simple without training.

About the Author: A police officer for over 16 years, Edward Saucerman is Owner and Qualified Manager of The Titan Group Professional Investigations. In that capacity, he trains his investigators to explore the backgrounds of potential employees. He is licensed in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan.

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