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  • Soccer Stadium Investigation

    The Hartford Courant's investigation revealed that the would-be developer of a $50 million professional soccer stadium in the city was a convicted embezzler, that he and a business partner billed the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars in work that was never done, and that the pair siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own development company, leaving it unable to pay its debts. As a result of the stories, the FBI launched a criminal investigation, which is underway.
  • When Crime Pays

    This story provides a look at the career of an embezzler and the difficulty experienced by one victim, Ron Bargman, who spent nearly four years in an attempt to have this conman imprisoned, often doing work that should have been done by the authorities. Even after Bargman filed charges, people were defrauded. An important aspect of this story was how difficult it is to prosecute embezzlement charges.
  • Public Trust: A Case of Embezzlement

    The Charleston Gazette investigated the disappearing of more than $ 300, 000 entrusted to the care of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. The lost funds "belonged to people unable to manage their own money, often the old and infirm." The reporter investigated how "checks sent to the sheriff's department...were never deposited into the committee accounts" and multiple case of forgery of checks written by the sheriff's employees on behalf of the committees." The series "looked at a handful of the 137 known victims" and investigated how "the former [now dead] sheriff's employee suspected of the embezzlement...allegedly got away with her six-year scheme." The reporter found out that "county efforts to recover the money and prosecute the embezzler were crippled by political infighting." The investigation also revealed that "audits and other public documents that showed the discrepancy had been available at least six years" before the problem was made public in 1997, as the new sheriff discovered about a "$48,000 transfer made in August 1996 from the county's general tax account to the committee accounts."
  • When a drug lord is your landlord

    East Baltimore -- the city's worst ghetto -- has been infested in recent years by drug dealers, embezzlers and bankruptcy fraud artists using illegal profits to buy up rental properties.
  • A Crime With Little Punishment

    The Washington Post compiled a database of all court records for embezzlement cases in Northern Virginia for five years and demonstrated that he multi-million dollar crime has little punishment. Great and small, businesses, unions, church groups and governments lose money to scheming, employees, yet even when the embezzlers are convicted, they rarely repay their victims, even when restitution was the key to their remaining out of prison.
  • The Kind of Sting: Put this face on your sushi carton: Leslie Victor. Embezzled $50 million. Sold half of Hatsuhana, never owned it. Where is he? Gone with the Tuna Roll.

    Manhattan, Inc. profiles Leslie Victor, restaurateur, embezzler and missing person, who sold restaurants he didn't own, cheated old women out of their life savings and masqueraded as an attorney and certified public accountant, December 1989.
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    Wall Street Journal profiles a chronic embezzler who stole from six separate employers for two decades yet repeatedly escaped arrest; report suggests that white-collar criminals typically go unprosecuted, Sept. 19, 1986.