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  • Inside the Shady Industry that Profits off Mugshot Photos

    “Mugged,” which premiered on Fusion on March 6, 2016 as part of the network’s monthly investigative “The Naked Truth” series, explores the multi-million dollar extortion industry of mugshot websites, which is wreaking havoc on the lives and reputations of tens of millions of Americans, especially minorities. In a completely legal process, operators of these websites collect public arrest records and photographs from online police databases and post the records on their own websites, often making the content more prominent via search engine optimization. These mugshot websites then charge the arrested individuals hundreds of dollars to remove their records and photos, despite the fact that many of these individuals have been falsely arrested, found innocent, or have yet to stand trial.
  • Spygate to Deflategate: Inside what split the NFL and Patriots apart

    For much of the 2015 off-season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell engaged in public combat with the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. While the conflict provided great spectacle, the civil war -- known as Deflategate -- pitted Goodell against the Patriots and their star quarterback made no sense. Why were the league's premier franchise, led by a cherished team owner, and Brady, one of the NFL's greatest ambassadors, being smeared because a little air might have been let out of some footballs? But league insiders knew that Deflategate didn't begin on the eve of the AFC Championship Game. It began in 2007, with another scandal, this one called Spygate.
  • Smoked Out

    A CBC Edmonton investigation revealed the process for selecting a legal consortium to represent the province of Alberta in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry had been manipulated. The lawsuit, the largest in the government’s history, is worth potentially billions of dollars to the province’s coffers and hundreds of millions of dollars in contingency fees for the legal consortium. The manipulation allowed now-former premier Alison Redford the opportunity to choose a consortium to which she had close personal and political ties.
  • Nation’s Disabled Work Program Mired in Corruption, Fraud (Keeping Them Honest)

    The nation's premier federal program that provides work for people who are severely disabled is mired in widespread corruption, financial fraud and violations of the law, sources told CNN. And instead of helping the severely disabled find work, the taxpayer-funded agency is at times allowing jobs to betaken away from the disabled, the sources say. AbilityOne, along with the nonprofit agency that manages its program for the severely disabled, ourceAmerica, are being investigated by authorities for illegal operations, financial fraud, mismanagement, operating in violation of the law, steering of contracts, and possibly obstruction of justice. Several inside sources tell CNN the program is among the worst cases of its type they've ever seen in a federal agency, covering some $2.3 billion in taxpayer-funded contracts.
  • Aura of Power

    Through a series of stories, CBC Edmonton's investigative unit revealed the abuse of public resources by former Alberta Premier Alison Redford. The series revealed the premier had secretly ordered herself a luxury penthouse, flew her daughter on government planes dozens of times, and employed a scheme to block passengers from government flights so she could fly alone with a chosen entourage.
  • Reveal - The VA's Opiate Overload

    Many veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are addicted to prescription painkillers. The Center for Investigative Reporting and Aaron Glantz investigated the extent of the problem and substantiated the government’s role in feeding veterans’ addictions to dangerous narcotic painkillers. In the summer of 2013, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain, 12 years of prescription data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The CIR analysis exposed a startling 270 percent increase in the number of opiate prescriptions in Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals, a phenomenon that had contributed to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that was nearly double the national average. On Sept..28th, CIR reporter, Aaron Glantz’s investigation, The VA’s Opiate Overload, premiered on Reveal, a new radio program showcasing investigative reporting. The riveting documentary detailed how the Department of Veterans Affairs became the drug dealer of choice for many veterans caught in the trap of prescription painkillers.
  • Disastrous Relief

    The Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters (or MANFF) was supposed to be an advocate for Aboriginal evacuees of the devastating Manitoba floods of 2011. Two First Nations communities were completely written-off by flood waters, leaving over 2,000 people homeless. MANFF was to make life easier for these evacuees as they waited-out government wrangling in hotels and rental houses scattered throughout the province, separated form loved ones and their home communities. $85 million (and counting) flowed through MANFF to care for these evacuees. And yet millions of dollars in bills went unpaid. Frustrated and frightened evacuees eventually contacted APTN with reports of bullying and mistreatment by MANFF staff. Melissa Ridgen looks for answers in APTN Investigates’ Season 5 premier, Disastrous Relief.
  • The VA's Opiate Overload

    Many veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are addicted to prescription painkillers. The Center for Investigative Reporting and Aaron Glantz investigated the extent of the problem and substantiated the government’s role in feeding veterans’ addictions to dangerous narcotic painkillers. In the summer of 2013, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain, 12 years of prescription data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The CIR analysis exposed a startling 270 percent increase in the number of opiate prescriptions in Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals, a phenomenon that had contributed to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that was nearly double the national average. On Sept..28th, CIR reporter, Aaron Glantz’s investigation, The VA’s Opiate Overload, premiered on Reveal, a new radio program showcasing investigative reporting. The riveting documentary detailed how the Department of Veterans Affairs became the drug dealer of choice for many veterans caught in the trap of prescription painkillers.
  • First, Do No Harm

    This investigation focused on lax supervision of doctors-in-training, patient harm and alleged billing fraud at Dallas' premier medical school complex and its primary teaching hospital, which are financed largely by taxpayers. It also examined more broadly questions about medical training, patient care and healthcare fraud at teaching hospitals around the United States.
  • Brian Ross Investigates: Bodies: The China Connection

    The investigation uncovered black market trade that supplies bodies of Chinese executed prisoners for display in Premiere Exhibitions' for-profit "Bodies" show in cities around the world. The shows have been seen by millions and has brought huge profits to the Atlanta-based company.