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  • Greed, corruption in George West

    Our investigation uncovered the fact that the city of George West used a public infrastructure loan called a “certificate of obligation” to purchase housing for the city manager and other, select city employees. They justified the expenditure by placing the homes in a city-owned park. Which they called a “park improvement.” The first story gave birth to several follow-ups, with more to come.
  • Police Beatings Caught on Tape: the Pictures that Chaged the Chicago Police Department

    FOX News Chicago discovered footage of an off duty officer beating a female bartender. They then "investigated the circumstances of the beating, the apparent lack of an appropriate police department response both at the time and during the investigation of the officer, and how other city employees may have tried to cover up the incident."
  • Credit Card Audits

    Lake Havasu City's city manager ordered an audit of city employees' credit card usage, but redacted names on the report he released. A FIOA request was turned down, but the names were released after Today's News-Herald had an attorney threaten legal action.
  • Overtime Overflow

    "The story focused on the Rochester Police Department's overtime spending, which had spiked 46 percent in five years. Reporting showed retiring officers were using overtime to inflate not only their salaries, but also their pensions. The highest earners were also the top-paid city employees, pulling down six figure salaries working the department's front desk or coordinating parades and festivals. The report also uncovered that the city lacked clear policies and oversight of police overtime pay, unlike overtime in other departments."
  • Detroit Election Fraud

    The Detroit News found negligence in election oversight and election fraud in Detroit. Reporters found that city employees were coaxing nursing home residents to vote, ballots were sent to juvenile detention homes, the voting rolls had 300,000 registrants who had moved or died, and people were voting from abandoned homes and vacant lots. After the story ran, the FBI and state officials seized city voting records.
  • 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.
  • Southlake Purchases Raise Questions

    An examination of purchase records revealed that Southlake city employees often made as many as 10 trips a day to the same two home and garden stores to purchase items for the city. One object was possibly to get around competitive bidding. Several employees were also accused of buying personal items with tax dollars. Bahari found that other cities in the area had much more stringent controls on spending.
  • Paygo: Where did the money go?

    This investigation revealed the abuse of more than $1 million from a discretionary fund of the City Council. Although some council members defend the fund as necessary to support unforeseen expenses, particularly for poorer communities, others describe the fund as "fraught with temptation" and a "criminal case waiting to happen" because city council members were able to secretly dip into the funds without any oversight from the city administration. A former council member and two city employees were sentenced to prison in connection with fund abuse
  • Clout on Wheels

    This investigation revealed the waste and corruption within the city's Hired Truck Program, in which the city hires dump trucks and low-wage drivers to haul debris and material at city work sites. The newspaper found that many trucks sit idle while the company reaps payments from the city. One trucking company owner admitted paying bribes to city officials to get work, while others doled out campaign contributions to city officials. Following the series, the FBI arrested the man who ran the city's program, and 14 other people, including 10 current or former city employees, were arrested.
  • City Workers drive 1.7 million personal miles at your expense

    The six month investigation found that every year some Columbus city employees log about 3.5 million miles driving taxpayer-funded vehicles. But only about half of those miles relate to work . It's a practice that's been going on for years despite a severe budget crunch. The investigation also found one employe washing his car at taxpayers' expense. According to city figures, he washed his car 109 times out of the 221 days he worked. The car wash purchases made up almost $600 of the $2,235 he spent on a city-issued credit card.