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  • Hong Kong's back-room bookies go global thanks to online betting

    The South China Morning Post built on a court case in Las Vegas to document how figures linked to Hong Kong's organised crime world have moved from hosting VIPs in Macau's casinos to running online gambling websites, an unregulated industry in Asia used for massive laundering of crime proceeds. They worked with reporters in the US, Montenegro, Singapore, Germany, Costa Rica, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand and Spain to document a key figure's global footprint. The Las Vegas court case allowed us to do documents-based investigative reporting on triad societies probably for the first time since the territory's return to China.
  • KMOV: Welfare Withdrawal Fraud

    Thousands of Missouri tax dollars spent in casinos, strip clubs, and bars.These are Missouri welfare cards being accessed for cash at ATMs in some bizarre places. The state can’t tell you how nearly $100 million of your tax dollars are actually spent because what’s purchased with that cash isn’t tracked, but the ATM locations are recorded. News 4 spent the last two years digging into this issue and continues to find plenty of red flags.
  • Welfare Waste

    An ongoing KSTP-TV investigation, led by reporter Mark Albert, has examined waste and the potential for fraud in Minnesota's public assistance programs, including free-wheeling rules that allowed welfare to be used for tattoos and liquor, withdrawn at ATMs inside casinos and bingo halls and a systematic lack of oversight in state-funded child care that can lead to millions of dollars in payments every year to families and providers that do not qualify.
  • "Their Crime, Your Dime"

    Following several tips on possible "government waste," and schemes that target Seattle taxpayers, KING-TV produced this series of three stories titled "Their Crime, Your Dime." The team exposed how merchants operated a "broad scheme" that allowed citizens to convert their food stamps into cash. Another story revealed how "welfare recipients" were spending millions of "taxpayer cash in the state's casinos."
  • Beneath the Neon

    The book follows Matthew O'Brien as he explores Las Vegas' underground flood control system for more than four years. Among his discoveries, O'Brien details access into casinos and airports and describes the people he found living in the tunnels.
  • Sealed Records

    "Las Vegas judges sealed many civil cases from public view, though neither Nevada law nor court rules outlined procedures" for doing so. Also court clerks sometimes sealed whole files instead of sections, and a "disproportionate number of the sealed cases involved casinos or their" highly placed employees.
  • Siren song: Gambling's allure

    Utah formally outlaws all forms of gambling. However, it is available in both illegal and legal forms. There is extensive gambling on the border between Idaho and Utah. Also "bingo halls" and "poker clubs", numerous in Utah, are essentially casinos using loopholes in the law. Internet gambling also is popular due to lax law enforcement.
  • Ameristar/Stack

    A Las Vegas-based gaming company purchased an option to buy a plot of river-front land partially owned by a Pennsylvania state senator and his family. Controversy ensued when it was found that the state had sold water rights valued at $1.5 million for $100,000. Federal prosecutors subpoenaed documents on the sale, and real estate option from the state government and the gaming commission. The company reconfigured the option to exclude the senator and his family and then dropped the deal altogether.
  • "Illegal...And Thriving"

    PartyGaming Inc., a British company that operates on-line gambling sites, is at the vanguard of a global goldrush. Even though 90 percent of PartyGaming's revenues come from the U.S., and the Justice Department swears that online gambling is 100 percent illegal, nothing has been done to stop the trend. And with billions of dollars of potential revenues involved, land-based U.S. casinos are eager to get a piece of the on-line action.
  • Reputation on the Line

    This series of stories uncovered a tangled web of relationships, both professional and personal, between Cook County official, Des Plaines city employees, convicted felons, and shareholders of casinos and billboard companies.