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Resource ID: #26720
Subject: Alcohol
Source: NBC4 Washington
Date: 2014-11-06



Stealing beer, intimidating businesses and drinking while driving - it's all part of a day's work inside the Montgomery Co Department of Liquor Control. This six-month undercover camera investigation resulted in multiple firings, criminal investigations and hearings to dismantle the organization. After NBC4 Washington received a tip from an insider about the scheme to steal beer, they convinced frightened store owners to come forward. Using FOIA, they realized DLC was still using archaic technology to track $34 million worth of inventory. They spent two weeks typing in data from 35,000 pages to create a database that showed DLC was highly susceptible to theft and corruption. Using this data analysis, they followed crews and caught them sleeping on the job, leaving trucks unattended and repeatedly drinking while driving.

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