Constable spent more than $70k in county funds

A Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation looked into spending by a Henderson Constable and found that he had written himself more than $70,000 in checks from county funds over the past two years. The investigation prompted Clark County to audit the constable’s funds, and prompted the district attorney’s office to initiate a criminal inquiry.

Lax oversight leaves FAA systems ripe for abuse

In a two-part series from The Boston Globe, the Spotlight Team focused on the Federal Aviation Administration, which is supposed to keep track of every American plane, pilot and airplane mechanic at its offices in Oklahoma City. But their record-keeping system allows so much secrecy and relies so heavily on self-reporting of crimes and other…

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Preacher diverted money from Tampa church that offered him redemption

Loan defaults and foreclosure proceedings had the members of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in fear of losing their historic building on the edge of downtown Tampa. Elderly worshippers on fixed incomes were implored to donate more and more to save the church from potential calamity. Yet unbeknownst to New Salem leaders during this time,…

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How taxpayer dollars fund sex, drugs, and abuse in NC prisons

A Charlotte Observer investigation found that a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang violence thrives inside North Carolina’s prisons and that the officers who are paid to prevent such corruption are instead fueling it. Prison officers frequently team up with inmates on crimes that endanger staff members, inmates, and the public. 

Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict

A four-month investigation by USA TODAY cataloged every property President Trump’s companies own across the country. It found those companies own more than 400 condo units and home lots worth at least $250 million in the U.S. alone. In contrast to developments where Trump licenses his name to a separate developer for a flat fee, these…

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Investigation reveals multiple problems with absentee voting in St. Louis

An ongoing investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found troubling issues with absentee voting in Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary for the 78th District Missouri House seat. Journalists reviewed thousands of pages of documents, and conducted dozens of interviews to find “at least 60 instances where two applications for an absentee ballot were submitted to the St. Louis…

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Vermont governor had indication of alleged EB-5 fraud

The latest investigation into Jay Peak resort by Vermont Public Radio and independent journalist Hilary Niles has found that, despite ongoing inquiries, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration allowed Jay Peak Resort to resume marketing securities to fund developments in northern Vermont.  The move that returned Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros and president Bill Stenger to the international…

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Clark County consultant peddles influence for $22,500 loan

Emerson Kruger is probably out of luck if he wants to collect the $22,500 he loaned to a Clark County government consultant who promised to use his influence to deliver a county contract. Email records and text messages provided by Kruger to the Las Vegas Review-Journal show that county consultant Tom Akers said he’d help…

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‘Panama Papers’ expose crime and corruption hidden by offshore accounts

More than 100 news organizations collaborated to report on the “Panama Papers,” a cache of 11.5 million documents that illustrate the hidden financial dealings of current and former world leaders, politicians and public officials. Among their findings: Associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies. Offshore…

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Wayward prosecutors go unpunished as prison time for victims piles up

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting analyzed more than 1,000 cases involving allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and found that, since 1974, no prosecutor in Massachusetts has been disbarred for such actions.   NECIR also found that since 1985 the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court have reversed 120 criminal convictions in part or entirely…

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