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  • OPB: This Solar Startup Spent Big, Then Left Customers In Limbo

    A two-part radio series uncovers financial mismanagement and ponzi scheme tactics at one of the country's fastest growing solar companies, which cratered and owed millions of dollars to its customers, vendors and employees across Oregon, Nevada and Utah.
  • Vermont Ski Resort Developers Accused of Misusing $200M in ‘Ponzi-like‘ Scheme

    VTDigger began exposing allegations of fraud at a ski resort in northern Vermont two years before the Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges last April against the developers in what is now the largest EB-5 immigrant investor fraud case in the nation’s history. After the story broke, we investigated how the state of Vermont failed to protect investors.
  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

    "This book was an effort to craft as definitive an account as possible of Madoff's scandal, the larges Ponzi scheme in history."
  • Decline and Fall of the Vanguard Public Foundation

    The stories investigated the Vanguard Public Foundation, one of the original politically progressive foundations founded and funded by heirs to major fortunes. The reporters followed up on rumors of strife within the foundation and uncovered a Ponzi scheme.
  • "The Madoff Chronicles"

    When Bernie Madoff was arrested following a $50 billion embezzlement charge, the ABC news team lurched into motion. Throughout the year, they covered the case as more information surfaced revealing an elaborate Ponzi scheme. The information eventually led to the book, "The Madoff Chronicles." Brian Ross takes an in-depth look at Madoff and his wife, Ruth, and how they managed to fool investors and the government for so long.
  • "Properties Disappear From Namvar Holdings List"

    Reporter Daniel Miller finds evidence that suggests Ezri Namvar, now a bankrupt businessman accused of conducting a Ponzi scheme, may have been passing off some of his properties to his creditors. Miller investigates what this means for Namvar and for his creditors, and also shares some of their thoughts on Namvar's actions.
  • Durham insider loans pile up

    Tim Durham “is one of Indiana’s highest-profile businesspeople” and appeared to be rising to the top of the super rich. But behind his image, a story of deception and lies is revealed. After an investigation of his company, Fair Finance Co., revealed this deception and he was accused of securities fraud. Also, he was alleged to be using a Ponzi scheme, “using money from new investors to pay off previous purchasers of investment certificates”. Now, Durham and his company face a number of lawsuits.
  • Financial Fraud

    Wall Street Journal reporter, Mark Maremont exposes a California investment banker turned con man who was charged with money laundering. A deeper look into the life of Danny Pang reveals questions about the validity of his credentials and of the mysterious death of his first wife. Mr. Pang denied any wrongdoings until his death was found dead in September 2009.
  • Secrets of the Knight: Sir Allen Stanford and the Missing Billions

    In the wake of the 2008 financial crises, a variety of Ponzi schemes surfaced but few as elaborate as Allen Stanford's. "Secrets of the Knight" details Stanford's in-depth network of offshore accounts, business ventures and lavish spending. It explores how his empire was built and how it fell.
  • Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme

    A group of reporters from the Sun Sentinel followed the demise of former Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein. Rothstein, once a wealthy political contributor, ran a "$1.2 billion Ponzi scheme" and fled the country after "millions of dollars" were found "missing." The reporters provide an in-depth look at how Rothstein pulled off the scam.