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  • Hachette Books: Billion Dollar Whale

    In 2009, a mild-mannered graduate of the Wharton School of Business set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude—“like 100 heist movies strung together” (Matt Taibbi)—and one that would eventually ensnare leading bankers and even threaten the future of investment behemoth Goldman Sachs. The story of “the $5 billion swindle known as 1MDB” would become “a textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age" (New York Times). Over a decade, Jho Low siphoned billions from an investment fund—seemingly under the nose of financial watchdogs. He used the money to purchase luxury real estate, to throw champagne-drenched parties with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton, and even to finance Hollywood films like The Wolf of Wall Street. As his scheme finally unraveled, with his yacht and private jet seized, Low disappeared. Billion Dollar Whale reveals the full story of the financial world’s most unlikely fugitive—a harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the twenty-first century.
  • The Global Heist

    A two-year Wall Street Journal investigation uncovered a $6 billion international scandal, sprawling from Hollywood to Saudi Arabia to the prime minister of Malaysia, through Wall Street banks, white-shoe law firms and holes in the financial system.
  • Medical Waste

    WVUE’s groundbreaking investigation “Medical Waste” - which uncovered a secretive practice employed by major health insurance companies essentially forcing consumers to pay a premium back to the insurance company for their prescription drugs - led to changes in state law, was the evidentiary backbone of eleven lawsuits, and most importantly educated consumers on how to pay for life-changing medications. http://www.vimeo.com/leezurik/MedicalWasteIREAwardEntry
  • On Your Dime

    WVUE-TV’s “On Your Dime” is a true enterprising investigative series. None of the stories was generated via a tip, but instead by proactive and dogged investigating by the WVUE-TV team. Our investigative team’s extensive research drove “On Your Dime” and uncovered questionable activity and spending by officials. “On Your Dime” launched investigations by several agencies. https://vimeo.com/196277083/2ea38bda5e
  • Degree of Debt

    “Degree of Debt” is a multi-state investigation by Raycom Media that exposes one of the most crippling impacts on the U.S. economy, the virtual explosion of student debt. The numbers are staggering. Over 41 million students owe a collective $1.4 trillion; a figure that dwarfs credit card and auto loan debt combined. Of that $41 million in debt, nearly 8.1 million of those people are currently in default. According to the Congressional Budget Office, over the next decade the federal government will make $81 billion in profit from student loans, over $8 billion a year. The Raycom investigative series used several federal databases along with shoe leather reporting to educate our viewers/readers on the biggest offenders and what needs to change. http://www.vimeo.com/leezurik/IREDegreeofDebt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y09_yQ9Bwo&feature=youtu.be
  • The Jindal Effect

    WVUE’s investigation, “The Jindal Effect,” exposed the crippling financial impact Gov. Bobby Jindal’s failed presidential bid had on the state of Louisiana. This entry focuses on two major areas: Jindal's presidential run and the impact on Louisiana. The first (Jindal's Presidential run) shows how the governor may have broken state law, forced Louisiana taxpayers to fund part of his presidential campaign, and questionably raises millions of dollars for his campaign. The series also looks at the effect on taxpayers. Jindal cut budgets but showered big business with gifts as he tried to pave a road to the White House. The result of this series was an exposé on the ways Bobby Jindal ultimately let Louisiana suffer at the expense of his presidential aspirations. https://youtu.be/0N3HrW5cWf8
  • NOPD: Dangerous Delays

    In “Dangerous Delays,” WVUE probes into the New Orleans Police Department dispatch times and the life threatening impact these rapidly increasing waits have had on the citizens of the Crescent City. Our joint investigation with Nola.com/The Times-Picayune was the first to highlight glaring manpower shortages and the first to uncover a department practice that was making violent crimes “disappear” from the books.
  • Swiped: Financial Mismanagement

    WVUE-TV's rolling investigation on a state retirement board forced the executive director to resign, led to widespread institutional changes, and prompted an audit that found potential state criminal and ethics violations. https://youtu.be/6iQWDdn_Hk0
  • Easy Money

    WVUE’s investigation, Easy Money, exposes the state’s lucrative tax incentive program as a complicated system of corporate payouts and questions whether the multibillion cost was worth it for a state facing massive cuts to education and healthcare due to budget shortfalls.
  • Billion Dollar Blueprint

    WVUE’s investigation “Billion Dollar Blueprint” reveals the elaborate fraud perpetrated by one industry taking advantage of Louisiana workers by exploiting lax rules in order to enrich bottom lines at the expense of the American public.