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  • Breach of Faith

    The investigation revealed extensive corruption in the city of Bell, California. The city's chief administrative officer was receiving a total compensation of $1.5 million -- probably the highest pay for that job anywhere in the country. The assistant city manager, police chief, and part-time council members had exorbitant salaries as well. The city was also illegally raising taxes and giving police daily impound quotas to boost revenue.
  • City Hid CAPS Funds, Workers in Private Agency

    This investigation by The Chicago Reporter found that "the Chicago Police Department diverted nearly $ 2.2 million to a private nonprofit agency, which used the money to pay up to 30 civilian workers in the department's community policing program from 1997 to 1999." The reporter revealed that "the agency...was spun off from the Chicago Department of Public Health in 1994 to promote public health..." and is "one of at least two dozen nonprofit agencies created with the help of the city since 1986." The new nonprofit center issued the paychecks of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) from 1997 through 1999 and was "spending hidden from public view," the investigation showed. Some of the story sources said that "CAPS workers do political work." The reporter also found that "some of the police department funds were funneled through the finance general account of the city corporate fund."
  • The Real Estate Jackpot

    This weekly newspaper investigated a "real-estate flipping scheme involving city of Tampa redevelopment properties." The reporter found out that "a private company [Wide Spread Inc.] had allegedly flipped the properties using city funds at a financial gain to the company and its agents of at least $ 337,000." The investigation revealed that the flipping scheme involved "four nonprofit groups designated by Tampa Mayor Dick Greco to help the city spruce up rundown sections of Tampa Heights and Ybor city." The nonprofits purchased at unreasonably high prices the properties Wide Spread had acquired. The story pointed out that "city auditors came across the same alleged flipping activity and privately alerted state criminal investigators before Weekly Planet published its story." At the time the story was published "city officials claimed to be unaware".
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    Columbus Dispatch uncovers the questionable practice by police of using informants in their drug interdiction; informants include individuals accused of murder and drug trafficking; finds fabrication of evidence and questionable use of city funds, 1990.