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  • Dishonor at Dallas City Hall

    Lies. Deceit. Taxpayer betrayal. They were all there, and more, hidden deep inside Dallas City Hall until our investigative team began asking questions. Our work ultimately resulted in the resignation and federal guilty plea of the second most powerful official in city government, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway. In addition, four other people we investigated ultimately pleaded guilty in federal court. It was one of the biggest political scandals in Dallas history.
  • The 100-Yard Deception

    Insider records reveal trail of deceit and potential fraud as largest U.S. maker of artificial sports fields, FieldTurf, and its executives for years made ballooning profits off taxpayers in cities, towns and school districts across the country, selling a product they knew was falling apart and would fall short of marketing and advertising claims. http://fieldturf.nj.com/
  • The 100-Yard Deception

    Insider records reveal trail of deceit and potential fraud as largest U.S. maker of artificial sports fields, FieldTurf, and its executives for years made ballooning profits off taxpayers in cities, towns and school districts across the country, selling a product they knew was falling apart and would fall short of marketing and advertising claims. https://readymag.com/njdotcom/fieldturfpreview/ https://readymag.com/njdotcom/fieldturf/ https://readymag.com/njdotcom/fieldturf-new-jersey/ https://readymag.com/njdotcom/fieldturf-dipiazza/
  • Beware the Fine Print

    Clauses buried in tens of millions of consumer and employee contracts deprive Americans of their ability to sue, jointly or individually, and insulate companies whose business practices are deceitful, damaging or illegal, creating a parallel system of justice where companies largely write the rules in their favor.
  • Profiting Off the Poor

    This series of columns examines the damage caused by repeated abuses of Texas adverse possession laws by companies headed by Douglas T. "Chase" Fonteno. The series outlines the complex nature of Fonteno's interlocking businesses and the web of deceit that helped hide his real estate transactions from county, state and federal agencies. He claimed deeds to other people's houses, without the real owners' knowledge or consent, and sold those houses to unsuspecting people who, in almost all cases, were poor, uneducated and often spoke little English. The series uncovered millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and liens, along with other nefarious activities that appear to have included document forgery and misuse of a Texas notary stamp. Fonteno's antics helped delay urban development in one of Dallas's most downtrodden urban neighborhoods.
  • Secret Casualties

    While American troops in Iraq never found an active weapons-of-mass-destruction program, they instead found — and greatly suffered from — long-abandoned chemical weapons. Nearly 5,000 old chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs had been recovered; dozens of Americans and Iraqis were wounded by them. Yet, year after year, the Pentagon covered it up. Congress was misled, medical care was denied and soldiers were refused the honors and recognition they deserved for battlefield injuries.
  • Behind the Badge

    Based on access to confidential Sheriff's Department documents, a Times investigation showed how political favoritism and negligence led to the hiring of scores of deputies whose records included violence, deceit and sexual misconduct.
  • "Wombs for Rent"

    The U.S. is one of the only developed countries that allows surrogacy, though the laws differ across the states. Taking an in-depth look into the world of commercial surrogacy, Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann find the current system leaves a lot of room for "deceit and fraud." They follow one woman through the surrogacy process and reveal a number of problems, including health insurance fraud.
  • Web of Deceit

    Through the experiences of a couple which arranged an adoption with a pregnant woman they met online, Dateline NBC examines how such an arrangement can easily be a scam. These situations are "unevenly regulated and potentially risky for all involved." In this case, the couple was "given false promises of a baby to adopt in exchange for hundreds of dollars that they believed were paying for the pregnant woman's rent and food." But through public records, it was found that the woman was using a false name, "and careful surveillance showed she was lying about many other critical aspects of her life." Also, "Dateline was able to determine that the same woman had also duped at least five other families." The woman was eventually charged with a felony.
  • The Heartless Stone; a journey through the world of diamonds, deceit and desire

    This book is the result of Zoellner's investigation into the diamond industry. It covers the continuing problem of 'blood diamonds' in Africa, the scandal of child labor in polishing factories in India, and the pricing manipulations of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd.