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  • Corruption at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

    From the Summer Olympics to papal visits to Super Bowls, the iconic peristyle of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum long symbolized many of the city’s proudest hours. Now, because of the work of three Los Angeles Times reporters, the stately columns have become an emblem of one of the worst corruption scandals in recent Southern California history. The stories produced by Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Andrew Blankstein have led directly to the felony indictments of three public officials, the nation’s No. 1 promoter of rave concerts, another prominent music executive and a government contractor. A second misdemeanor case has been filed against two other Coliseum employees. The charges spelled out in the indictments mirror the reporters' findings – tales of bribery, embezzlement, kickbacks and conflict of interest. They allege that the taxpayers who own the Coliseum were bilked out of some $2 million and perhaps much more.
  • Render Unto Rome

    This book investigates the Catholic Church's finances and breaks new ground on several fronts including fiscal mismanagement, embezzlement and abuse.
  • "The Madoff Chronicles"

    When Bernie Madoff was arrested following a $50 billion embezzlement charge, the ABC news team lurched into motion. Throughout the year, they covered the case as more information surfaced revealing an elaborate Ponzi scheme. The information eventually led to the book, "The Madoff Chronicles." Brian Ross takes an in-depth look at Madoff and his wife, Ruth, and how they managed to fool investors and the government for so long.
  • Hospital Corruption: "Salaries First, Patients Last"; "Hospital Secrets"

    The series exposed Schneider Regional Medical Center's top executives' self-dealing and lavish pay, perks and the tragic result: The public hospital's cancer center was left so cash-strapped it could not pay for medicine and radiation equipment. The Daily News also revealed that more than $2.4 million in charity donations to the hospital's cancer center is missing, and the hospital cannot produce documentation to explain the numerous large withdrawals from bank accounts and entities that were specifically created to receive those donations. The investigation also found that two top hospital executives had criminal records, which were not disclosed when they were hired.
  • Without Wall International Church Investigation

    The investigation documented several examples of people who said they were cheated by pastors of Whithout Walls International Church in Tampa.
  • The PZU Game

    The multi-billion dollar privatization of Poland insurance company PZU has raised questions. "Polish postcommunists and Dutch businessmen of unclear past" took over the company. The story focuses on the situation of Grzegorz Wieczerak, a PZU president who was accused of embezzlement. The evidence against him had been gathered by a company hired by people attempting to control PZU. The charges were eventually dropped, prompting Wieczerzak and his attorney to launch an investigation of their own.
  • FEMA's Inspectors Included Criminals

    In a continuing investigation of misapplied FEMA funds following the 2004 hurricanes that hit Florida, the Sun-Sentinel found nearly 25 percent of government damage inspectors had criminal records for "embezzlement, drug dealing and robbery," among other crimes. These inspectors were the government's defense against accusations of fraud when Miami-Dade received $31 million in relief even though hurricane-force winds did not strike the county.
  • School District Scandal, Oakland County, Michigan

    The Detroit Free Press reviewed more than 12,000 pages of records from an affluent school district and found that the district was wasting millions of dollars that were intended for special education students and instead spent the money on private-industry deals. James Redmond, the former superintendent, and other district officials created companies that provided worthless services and unused equipment, they fooled taxpayers into paying more money and then spent the money on a building that was meant to headquarter their private enterprise deals. After Redmond's reign as superintendent, the once-prosperous district is $20.4 million in debt.
  • Roslyn public school embezzlement: a collection of stories

    The discovery that a school finance chief had taken money from the district led to further discoveries of embezzlement throughout the school system and all the way up to the superintendent. Dummy companies, misuse of school district credit cards, funneling money for personal expenses and even an accounting firm preforming inadequate audits were all revealed during this series of stories.
  • Dan Gordon, Merrill Lynch and the Missing $43 Million

    Dan Gordon, a 24-year-old Merrill Lynch energy trader, embezzled $43 million from the world's largest securities firm, which ignored warnings of criminal conduct by Gordon and which didn't disclose the theft until after it was reporter by Bloomberg News, three years after Gordon's crimes. Four months after the first Bloomberg News story, Gordon pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy.