About Us

Criminal Research & Investigations

Since 1996 CRI has been providing public record information to the background screening industry. Directed by an executive staff with nearly 50 years industry experience, we understand that not all businesses have the same requirements and expectations so CRI will customize our service to meet your needs.


Lauren Zuluaga


Lauren Zuluaga is the President of Criminal Research & Investigations.  As a true entrepreneur, Lauren started CRI in her kitchen 22 years ago, when she saw a need and was confident she could fill the void in the background screening industry. She is veteran in this business with a solid understanding of the court system and all the nuances of reporting public record information.  She is relentless in her pursuit of 100% accuracy and strives to deliver the best wholesale service in the industry.  Lauren and her husband are also cattle ranchers with farms in both Florida and Georgia.

Staci Laird

Director of Operations

Staci Laird has over 22 years of experience in the background screening industry and is currently the Director of Operations at CRI.  She oversees all aspects of the organization with her passion being client success. Staci has always been driven to take the customer experience to the next level and continues to make that her priority.  Ms. Laird is a Navy Gulf War Veteran and a graduate from National University in San Diego with a BBA and a minor in Human Resources.


Colleen Griffin

Director of Compliance

With over 27 years of industry experience, Colleen Griffin is a motivated problem solver with a desire for making things better.  Customer care, quality, and efficiency are her trademarks.  Colleen has worked the retail side of the business for 20 years and has a full understanding of both wholesale and retail. She currently serves as the Director of Compliance. 




MEet the CRI Family

CRI believes in giving back to those in our community

Every year, we give our time and resources to individuals and organizations dedicated to helping others.
Here are a few of our favorite charities:

An annual family 5K that welcomes runners and walkers who are interested in getting a healthy dose of exercise while helping Moffitt carry on its mission – to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

The worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

3 day, 60 mile walk to raise funds in the fight against breast cancer.

Donating Christmas gifts to our veterans that are hospitalized during the holiday season.

A unique, state of the art, 60 bed facility for abused, neglected or abandoned children.

There are times when a crisis arises and that leaves someone facing a financial emergency. It’s these times, Cri will help fund our own. 

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