Criminal Background Services

Orange Tree provides a comprehensive suite of criminal checks.

We believe in helping employers find the candidate who represents the best fit for their open position. Background checks play a key role during the assessment process, and one of the most essential areas for consideration is an applicant's criminal history.  

To help our clients identify potential risk, Orange Tree offers a variety of criminal records searches that provide a comprehensive look at the applicant’s criminal background.

County/Statewide Criminal Records Search

Search methods for the County/Statewide Criminal Records Search vary by jurisdiction, but in all cases, Orange Tree balances the need for accuracy and thorough search methods with the expectation of efficiency and speed. Certain counties allow only for a court clerk-assisted search, or an in-person, on-site search of records at the court.  In those cases, the search is completed by the court clerk, or the researchers on-site at the county courthouse, or by the same repositories utilized by the court clerk. 

In other cases, the same information is available via online search. If so, the online search is completed (sometimes by a researcher, sometimes using an automated technology) as the repositories allow. After the search has been completed, researchers will report all available felony and misdemeanor conviction records that the court has available, including deferred records, pending records, failure to appear and warrant information. 

National Criminal Records Search (NCRS)

Orange Tree’s National Criminal Records Search (NCRS) is an expansive database search that allows us to widen the geographical area searched for potential criminal records. This search helps to catch records that may not show up immediately or in a county or statewide search.

National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Search

When it comes to building an organization of top talent, you need to ensure the protection of your business and the safety of your employees and clients. To mitigate the risk of hiring someone who poses a possible threat to your colleagues or clients, a National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Search is essential to include in your background screening program. 

County and Federal Civil Court Records Searches

When hiring for positions of trust or leadership, your employment background screening program may include a County or Federal Civil Court Records Search. On the surface, the presence of civil court records in an applicant’s background may not speak to their reputation or fitness for the job. However, if these records accompany other criminal records or show up in high quantity, the prevalence of civil records may raise red flags during the hiring process. 

OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) search is specific to healthcare. The healthcare and long-term care industries require certain specialized screening to ensure the individuals or entities being hired or retained as employees or vendors have no incidents on their records involving past system abuse or fraud. A key screening option is the Office of Inspector General (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE).

Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Debarment List

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Debarment List is another key tool in a comprehensive employment background screening program, particularly for the food and drug manufacturing and research industries. Individuals on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Debarment List are barred from working in the pharmaceutical industry, making this screen a key part of compliant hiring. 

Our Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Debarment List service searches the debarment list maintained by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), identifying individuals convicted of a felony under federal law for conduct relating to development or approval of any drug product, or otherwise relating to any drug product under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. 


If your organization does business with individuals or companies outside of the United States or you routinely find yourself hiring non-US applicants, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List may be a great fit for your employment background screening program.

This background check service provided by Orange Tree searches the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, maintained by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List includes individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups and entities such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. Individuals and companies included on the list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) have had their assets blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from doing business with them.  Therefore, it's important to identify these individuals or companies as early as possible.

Fraud and Abuse Control Information System 

The Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS®) is a proprietary database that consists of publicly available records of sanctions and adverse actions taken in the healthcare field. Frequently, companies or organizations in the healthcare industry will include a Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS®) screen as part of their background check to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations on hiring.