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  • Missing Millions

    A year-long Washington Post investigation discovered more than 1,000 “significant diversions” of assets from the nation's nonprofits, documenting for the first time a pervasive pattern of unreported financial crime at some of America's most prominent institutions. The organizations victimized ranged from international aid organizations and leading charities to a litany of grassroots groups –feeding centers for hungry families, women’s shelters, even a home for abused children. The size of the losses was often stunning: $43 million at an AIDS organization, $60 million at a charity for Holocaust survivors, $106 million at a major university. Just 10 of the largest diversions totaled more than a half-billion dollars, indicating that the universe of thefts was many billions. Even more disturbing was what was missing from financial disclosure reports. In violation of IRS reporting rules, most of the organizations kept the details of the crimes to themselves. Most failed to disclose the amount stolen on their reports, and many more gave no hint who took the money or what the organization had done in response. Federal and state authorities had done nothing to find out or hold those groups accountable.
  • Bales: Army suspect in Afghan shooting was liable in financial fraud

    On the day that tips arose about a U.S. soldier who may have strafed two Afghan villages, I left the office for a flight to Tacoma. Within 48 hours of the soldier’s being identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, I and two colleagues broke the news that the emerging hagiography of Bales drafted by family and attorneys had more to it than the story of a soldier who enlisted at the ripe of 27 driven by outrage over the 2001 terrorist attacks—and then broken down by an unrelenting cycle of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Our story started with pure spidey senses: Bales’ s family and lawyer said he had left a stockbroker’s career to enlist, as they explained his call to serve. Yet he had not finished college and clearly had financial troubles, I had determined. And he was active in brokerage in the late 1990s in Florida I learned by checking assorted online records—which raised my suspicions about the quick-money penny stock trading that was commonplace then. Based on those instincts, while also doing the running daily story from Bales’ Army base in Washington state, I had checked some online brokerage records and enlisted Julie Tate to look at others and run through civil and criminal filings in Ohio (Bales’s home state and then nationally). Within an hour, I had found one suspicious record and Julie had found others and we were off on a 30-hour run of investigative reporting and boots on the ground interviews that yielded the breaking news of Bales’s more complicated—and less laudatory—past in the period just before he joined the Army. We located and I interviewed an elderly couple who had lost substantial savings in accounts managed by Bales and received copies of detailed financial records that corroborated their claims and showed Bales as the account manager. We also peeled back corporate records for a now-shuttered firm run by Bales and his brother with backing from a longtime friend and reached him to further flesh out the checkered professional history of the Staff Sgt. at the center of an explosive, fast-moving and intensely competitive story. The story demanded intense investigative reporting that netted notable results in far far less than 30 days of a breaking event.
  • Sweetheart Deals

    This investigation looked at "county-owned land deals in Prince George's County. They found that most of the deals - worth millions of dollars - went to people with close ties to County Executive Jack B. Johnson, including a business partner, golfing buddy, a former business partner and campaign contributors. Many of the deals were not put out to bid."
  • DC Police Disability

    Though some D.C. police officers are doing little or no work, they have been collecting their full salaries, tax free. The sick-leave programs mean the residents of D.C. pay millions for police service that never happened. During the investigation it was discovered that some neighborhoods had as much as 15 percent of their assigned patrol officers unavailable for duty.
  • Pharmaceutical Roulette

    Reporters from the Washington Post reveal that there are various loopholes in the supposedly tightly regulated system for distributing prescription drugs. Their findings reveal that the main avenues to acquire prescription drugs are internet sites, certain doctors and small illegal wholesalers. They also find loopholes in the laws and regulations.
  • The Body Hunters

    A Washington Post investigation into corporate drug experiments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America reveals a booming, poorly regulated testing system that is dominated by private interests and that far too often betrays its promises to patients and consumers.
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    A decade after the federal sentencing system was overhauled, the basic promise and premise of the reform has not been realized. The system meant to ensure uniformity and fairness instead is riddled with inconsistencies and subject to manipulation by federal prosecutors. The Washington Post investigates how those disparities mean neither victims nor defendants are assured of equal treatment. (Oct. 6-10, 1996)
  • Law and Disorder

    The Washington Post examines the hiring practices of the Washington, DC Police Department, detailing the disastrous consequences of the hurried hiring. The series found that officers hired in 1989 - 1990 made up only one third of the officers on the street yet half of them had been arrested on charges ranging from shoplifting to murder and rape, Aug. 28 - 31, 1994.
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    Pittsburgh Press looks behind the veil of secrecy that the University of Pittsburgh hides behind, exposing scandals and policy abuses; the university cloaks almost every aspect of its operations in secrecy, despite receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer's dollars, February - September 1991.
  • Towering Inferno

    The Progressive investigates GWEN, the network of antenna towers for a nuclear radio system that only goes on the air when nuclear war begins; intended to serve as a deterrent and to warn when nuclear weapons are detonated in outer space, opponents call it an unnecessary budget booster and fear electromagnetic radiation from the towers.