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  • Citizenship For Sale

    Reporters from WTVJ-TV went undercover to witness a Florida man, Audie Watson, in the process of selling memberships in the Little Shell Band of the Pembina Nation. Watson claims the documents he sells for $1,500 allow purchasers to enter the United States legally. Reporters confronted Watson, and he agreed to be interviewed on camera. The series also showed interviews with people who had been arrested trying to cross the border with documents sold by Watson. Although Watson is now being investigated by state and federal officials and is currently on probation in Florida for an unrelated pyramid scheme conviction, his operation has not been shut down as of January 2007.
  • 911 Disconnect

    WTVJ looked into the death of a fire fighter recruit and found that serious safety warnings about fire fighter training were ignored in the months before his fatal "live burn" exercise. A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department captain, and lead instructor, told WTVJ that he notified his superiors about problems with the training tactics that could lead to death. His warnings were ignored.
  • 911 Disconnect

    This WTVJ - TV investigation found that two 911 call centers in South Florida were not answering calls in 10 seconds, the state standard in 90 percent of the cases. In fact, these calls sometime took about 30 seconds to a minute to be answered. This investigation revealed that the Sheriff's Department in these areas had never looked the time they took to answer these calls.
  • On the Road Again

    WTVJ-TV "discovered that many of the dump trucks of South Florida's roads are rebuilt from other vehicles. Experts say these converted trucks are dangerous. We discovered that nearly nine out of 10 dump trucks involved in accidents had been converted."
  • Traffic School Cheats

    A WTVJ-TV hidden camera investigation reveals that Maurin Gonzalez, a local traffic school manager and Dan Cordones, a legal assistant, sell traffic school certificates to driving offenders. Bad drivers who would otherwise get tickets often choose to go to traffic school to avoid getting points on their licenses. But some get a certificate without ever attending the driver improvement course.
  • Selling Innocence

    A joint investigative effort by WMAQ-TV Chicago and WTVJ-TV Miami uncovered "child erotica," a new industry exploiting young girls that spans several states. The two stations were able to combine their investigative sources and perform more research as well as undercover and surveillance work across the country. As a result of their combined work a convicted child sex offender who was recruiting young girls is being investigated by the Justice Department, one of the largest child erotica sites on the internet shut itself down, and representatives from Illinois and Florida asked the Attorney General to shut down the child erotica industry and review current law that deals with the area.
  • The price of beauty

    WTVJ-TV looks at an illegal plastic surgery network operating throughout South Florida. The report describes how unlicensed practitioners are giving injections of silicone to women at house parties and in offices. The shots are potentially dangerous, and leading to disfigurement or even death, the story reveals.
  • Show & Tell: IRE 2001 National Conference (Chicago)

    Compilation tape of investigative stories presented at the 2001 IRE national conference in Chicago: Tape 1 1.) KVBC-TV (Nevada) - "Honor Thy Father" 2.) KHOU 11 (Houston) - "Highway Health Hazard" 3.) Inside Edition - "Drink Up" 4.) KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs) - "Mother Goose daycare investigation" 5.) WSTN-TV (Syracuse) - "Pipeline to Crack" 6.) WAGA-TV (Atlanta) - "On the net; on the clock" 7.) KSAZ-TV (Phoenix) - "Capital Credit" 8.) Inside Edition - "Televangelists" 9.) WJW (Fox 8 Cleveland) - "Coats for Kids" 10.)Kelo-TV (Sioux Falls) - "Painful Steps" 11.) WNBC-TV (New York) - "Help on Hold" 12.) WFLD-TV (Chicago) - "Aggressive Drivers" 13.) WXYZ-TV (Detroit) - "Get Out Alive" 14.) WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) - "Airport Security" 15.) KMOL-TV (San Antonio) - "Slum Lords" 16.) WDIV-TV (Detroit) - "Stealing Power" 17.) WSMV 4 (Nashville) - "A few deadly breaths" 18.) WTVF (Nashville) - "Who's Policing the Police?" 19.) KDFW (Dallas) - "Spot Delivery" 20.) WTVJ (Miami) - "The Price of Beauty" 21.) WXYZ-TV (Detroit) - "Weight Loss Scams" 22.)KETV (Omaha) - "Police Complaints" 23.) KDFW (Dallas) - "Identity Theft" Tape 2 1.) WABC-TV (New York) - "Caught Off Guard" 2.) WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) - "Get out of jail free" 3.) KTVT-TV (Fort Worth) - "INS Application Scam" 4.) KRON-TV (San Francisco) - "Moving Violations" 5.) WSPA-TV (South Carolina) - "Goodwill Firings" 6.) KWTV 9 (Oklahoma City) - "Lemon on the Lot" 7.) WLOS-TV (Asheville) - "Save or Slaughter" 8.) WISH-TV (Indianapolis) - "Tipped off" 9.) WAMI-TV (Miami) - "AIDS Charity Scam" 10.) WITI-TV (Milwaukee) - "Marine Corp Toxic Water" 11.) WFLD-TV (Chicago) - "No prescription, no doctor" 12.) XETV 6 (San Diego) - "Port Perks" 13.) KSTP-TV (St. Paul) - "Lasik Surgery" 14.) News 12 Long Island (Woodbury, N.Y.) - "Bad Medicine" 15.) News 12 Long Island (Woodbury, N.Y.) - "Double Dipping" 16.) KVBC-TV (Las Vegas) - "Mud Slinging Exposed" 17.) KVBC-TV (Las Vegas) - "What Lies Beneath" 18.) KHOU 11 (Houston) - "Sex Offender Teachers" 19.) KHOU 11 (Houston) - "Highway Health Hazard" 20.) WISH-TV (Indianapolis) - "Inspecting the Inspectors" 21.) WCPO 9 (Kentucky) - "NKU Rape Investigations"
  • Taking Off With Your Money

    An NBC 6/WTVJ-TV investigation examines potential waste of public money which Miami International Airport has given over three years to the Latin Chamber of Commerce, known by the acronym CAMACOL The story reveals that "to pay for its annual hemispheric trade conference, the county [Dade] has given CAMACOL nearly a million and a half dollars" taken from a fund meant to promote the airport. The investigation discovers that CAMACOL "could not justify how it directly benefits the airport," and sheds light on the Latin chamber's significant political clout and close relationships with "politicians like Miami-Dade mayor Alex Penelas." The report details "serious questions raised by auditors and other government officials about how CAMACOL had spent the money."
  • Port of Crime

    WTVJ "investigated the main source for drug smuggling in South Florida - the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. We discovered most of the smuggling is a result of internal conspiracies by the very people who work at the ports. Our investigation revealed that one in five International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) members at the Port of Miami are convicted felons in Florida. A former dock worker and DEA informant told us how easy it was to smuggle drugs because of lax security. We tested security at the Port of Miami and were able to drive around in the restricted area without anyone stopping us."