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The Austin American-Statesman investigated more than a half-dozen instances of stadium light poles falling nationwide, most in the last six months, and tracked the failed light poles to a company in Texas.
An Esquire investigation reveals how a con man, Reed Slatkin, convinced wealthy people to hand him millions of dollars. Slatkin started an elite art group, Sing Like Hell, which brought prominent singers and songwriters to perform for music lovers in Santa Barbara. The article describes how many new-establishment aristocrats got interested in the so-called "capital venture for the soul." They invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Slatkin's new fund that was supposed to get them significantly higher return than the rates typically paid by money-market funds. The scheme, known as one of the biggest investment frauds in American history, has been a fifteen-year operation involving as many as 850 investors, the magazine reports.
A Wall Street Journal investigation delves into the bookkeeping scandal at Xerox and finds that it resulted from "growing pressure to compensate for the poor results with accounting gimmickry." The story examines the role of James F. Bingham, the assistant treasurer at the company, who has been fired for "badgering top Xerox executives about the aggressive accounting..." The reporter looks at the Security and Exchange Commission probe into the case, and describes the circumstances surrounding a lawsuit filed by Bingham, "accusing Xerox of firing him for objecting to "accounting fraud."
Investment Dealers' Digest tells the story of how David Blech, an investment banker whose firm became the county's largest financier of biotechnology stocks before it collapsed in 1994, was able to finesse his lenders, the SEC and the FBI, so that he walked away with millions and left investors on the hook. (September 23, 1996)