Pastor cheats charity out of thousands

A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Rev. Henry Lyons partnered with a convicted prostitute, who worked at one of the world’s wealthiest charities, to send money to secret bank accounts associated with Lyons’ church. Through records and interviews, the Times found that Lyons and Rochelle McCanns had been exchanging checks since the 1990s, right…

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The slow-motion unraveling of New Mexico’s Medicaid crackdown

Four years after New Mexico accused 15 organizations of Medicaid fraud, many are out of business despite a clean sweep of exonerations. New Mexico In Depth takes a look at the status of some of the state’s cases. Teambuilders Counseling Service closed shortly after the state accused it of fraud. After years of receiving estimates…

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Scores of employees, patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits

A BuzzFeed News investigation into Universal Health Services (UHS) raised questions about America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain. BuzzFeed News talked to 175 current and former staff members, many of whom said that UHS prioritized filling beds over the safety of staff and the rights of patients. UHS has more than 200 facilities across the country.…

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For years, FieldTurf made millions selling faulty fields

A six-month investigation by NJ Advance Media found that FieldTurf, the leading maker of artificial sports fields, sold an estimated $570 million in product that it knew would not live up to marketing hype or sales promises.  Duraspine was marketed to cities as long-lasting and the best turf money could buy. However, internal emails obtained…

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Texas officials stunned to learn of city housing authority and its problems

When the mayor of Kyle, Texas received a letter about mismanagement in the city’s independent housing authority, he was surprised — mostly because he had no idea the agency existed. The letter was sent by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regional office in San Antonio and obtained by The Austin American-Statesman. The paper…

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Phoenix toxicologist’s criminal record uncovered

An investigation by KPNX 12 News-Phoenix uncovered a history of embezzlement by the lab director for the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office. The story calls into question the director’s testimony in criminal trials, as lawyers can impeach witnesses with convictions for crimes that that demonstrate dishonesty. The director’s expert testimony in numerous trials is potentially…

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Warnings arose prior to accusations of fraud at Jay Peak Resort

Jay Peak Resort owner Ariel Quiros and president Bill Stenger stand accused of securities fraud and misuse of more than $200 million raised from foreign investors since 2008, according to an article by independent journalist Hilary Niles and published in the Boston Globe. Red flags have waved for years over their use of a controversial…

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A look inside the business of corporate-funded science

In the first installment of a four-part series, VICE News and the Center for Public Integrity dive into the world of business-funded scientific research. In an attempt to downplay the harmful effects of asbestos, a corporate defense attorney in 2008 contacted the Gradient Corporation, an environmental consulting firm, and asked a principal there to publish…

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After records request, WRAL uses DocumentCloud to make academic fraud records searchable

It’s a familiar storyline: Scandal stalks a public organization. Journalists request public documents. Grudgingly, the organization turns over the bare minimum in the most inaccessible way. In this case, the organization was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the documents were more than 200,000 pages of emails, memos and other files related…

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Insurance fraud prosecutors draw paycheck from Texas Mutual

Every month, the Travis County district attorney’s office prosecutes fraud cases against people who’ve filed workers’ compensation claims with the Texas Mutual Insurance Company. And every month, Texas Mutual cuts the DA’s office a check for its trouble — totaling $4.7 million since 2001, according to a three-part joint investigation by the Texas Tribune and…

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