The United States Government shutdown has left many struggling to complete investigations required to run their businesses. The federally sponsored background check site, E-Verify, is not being actively managed and has left many businesses wondering what do. Many companies voluntarily use E-Verify when hiring employees but others are required. The FBI found that they were unable to receive information related to investigations they are completing because the systems are severely limited. Other prospective business owners have even been advised: "wait until the shutdown is over."
Lincoln Towing, a Chicago based towing company, is facing the possibility of losing its relocator’s license after the conclusion of an Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) investigation into its business practices. Investigators recorded an alarming 831 violations of the law within an eight month period.
Violations included towing vehicles from lots Lincoln did not obtain a contract for, towing vehicles without lot owner’s consent, and employees operating without a valid permit to tow.
The ICC described this as a “pervasive and ongoing pattern of conducting unauthorized relocations in violation of the law,” and concluded that the company is “incompetent and unworthy to maintain its relocator’s license.”
Lincoln argues that because the company was not alerted to the violations punishment should be mitigated.
“The implication of Lincoln’s argument strains logic,” the ICC wrote. “… It is Lincoln’s obligation to conduct its business in compliance with the law, not the commission’s obligation to remind Lincoln to do so.”
A public hearing on the company is being held in late June and the final judgement is expected to come soon after.
With such a large volume of violations in such a short time, it's hard to calculate how many other drivers have been harmed by these business practices.
If you are dealing with overinflated tow bills and need your truck and trailer released expediently, call Morgan, Cohen & Bach at (520) 442-1303.
Over the weekend Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport had a major power outage lasting almost 11 hours. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed estimated that 30,000 people were affected by the power outage.
What caused such a drastic delay at America’s busiest airport? An electrical fire in an underground tunnel damaged the main and backup power systems.
“Fire shouldn't paralyze the country's busiest airport for half the day,” said Joseph Schwieterman, public policy professor at DePaul University. “ It may take a couple hours to bring alternative power to the airport, but if the airport infrastructure itself was undamaged, it shouldn't have been nearly as painful."
Schwieterman attributes this to airlines not planning for disasters.
You can read more about the blackout and the airline industry in the link below…
Detroit Police officer Kenyatta Myers has been caught making two contradictory statements in ties to a towing bribery scandal facing the city.
“I am the person that is in charge of the police authorized towers,” said Myers in 2016. Myers continuously denied anyone else being involved in the process.
However, this October Myers in on record saying he “worked under the direction of DC Washington.”
Former Deputy Chief Washington has been indicted and accused of bribery. She was allegedly steering towing contracts to specific companies.
When city lawyer heard Myers’ second testimony they had them withdrawn and stricken from the court record.
To learn more about the case and the implications of these statements you can read more here…
When running a business finding areas to cut costs is always important. When hiring an investigator it may be hurting your own interests to take a cheaper option though. In this article Professional Investigator Brian Willingham discusses how sloppy or lazy investigation practices leave customers more confused than before as well as the importance of a “Thorough Background Check.” You can read the story in the link below as well as getting more information about the world of private investigation.
If you own a business, having and maintaining a healthy credit score can be beneficial to both you and your vendors. Your credit score, similarly to a personal credit score, shows your capability to have and maintain good lines of credit. With a good credit score, vendors can know that entering in to business with your company has less risk which ensures less strain on their own company.
To find out more about business credit scores visit https://www.score.org/blog/what-does-my-business-credit-profile-reveal-about-my-business or if you are a vendor that would like to run a credit inquiry on one of your clients contact Morgan Cohen & Bach at 520-442-1303 and ask about our comprehensive credit check.
NEWBURYPORT — David Leonard had served two jail sentences before being hired as the city’s parks manager last year, but in accordance with its usual practice regarding the hiring of contractors, the city hadn’t checked his background.
Leonard is now the subject of a police probe in which he is charged with stealing $43,000 from the city’s Belleville Improvement Society, a nonprofit that oversees the city’s Atkinson Common park.
Think what companies know about you because you provided the info. Combine that with government records, and there’s a data picture that some say might predict behavior.