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  • KARE 11 Investigates: Minneapolis VA

    As the VA wait time scandal unfolded nationally, local officials initially denied there were secret wait lists at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, then widely considered a national model of excellence. But in September, 2014, KARE 11 News disclosed how lives may have been put at risk by record falsification in Minneapolis. KARE 11’s investigation detailed allegations of VA whistleblowers that went far beyond being pressured to keep secret wait lists to cover up serious appointment delays.
  • Blurring the Badge

    KTRK investigated the Houston Police Commanders and police officers. They found that 42 police officers, including three captains, were guilty of falsification of records and apparent misuse of government equipment.
  • The Truth About Donor 1084

    Using the story of mothers who used "Donor 1084" from a cryobank in Virginia, SELF magazine examines the problems that occur when a sperm donor is not completely honest about his medical condition, and passes on poor health to his children. Four mothers who had children using Donor 1084 not only found that his information was false, but that their children were suffering from diseases such as eczema. They contacted the sperm back, Fairfax Cryobank in Fairfax, Virginia, to report problems, but the cryobank did not take Donor 1084 off the market. There is also the story of a young law clerk who made 320 donations to California cryobank in the late 1980s, leading into the tragedy of one of his recipients. Brittany Johnson is a 17-year-old who "inherited a life-threatening kidney disease from Donor 276."
  • The Mafia of Illegal Immigration in England

    The authors investigated the falsification of documents and the marriages of convenience organized by an international gang to allow Brazilians to stay and work in England.
  • Newsday Circulation Scandal

    When charges that Newsday business executives had inflated the paper's circulation figures came out, these Newsday reporters wanted to find out just exactly what happened and why. But could a newspaper actually investigate itself and publish any wrongdoing? These reporters published more than 75 news articles about the scandal, and found falsification that went beyond what the company initially admitted.
  • The State's Paid "Volunteer"

    These reports uncovered falsification of the review of vendors for an $885,000 state contract. The reporters also found that the "volunteer" for the state who managed the bidding process was no volunteer at all, but was in fact receiving hefty brokerage commissions through the state's health insurance program.
  • The Candidate

    Cincinnati profiles Jon Saylor, a young politician, who has induced illegal voting and election falsification "to win a seat on the Fairfield city council." The report details the circumstances surrounding Saylor's crime and conviction. The story points out that Saylor "could have - well, did - win the election of his own," as he "had everything you'd want in a politician: intelligence, charm, dedication and the right connections." The magazine features the question: "Why would a young man sink to such depths...?" Saylor's explanation: "I let my pride make a crook out of me."
  • Fake Sales Mar Mitsubishi Total

    "The articles detailed the disclosures and admissions by Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America national and regional managers and dealers that the automaker had fraudulently inflated its U.S. vehicle sales numbers, in order to achieve volume targets and overstate the health of the company. The falsifications used actual vehicle identification numbers of Mitsubishi cars and trucks later purchased by unknowing consumers. When the vehicles were legitimately purchased, the original fake sales were not reversed, meaning thousands of Mitsubishi buyers had been defrauded out of months of warranty coverage." This story increased investigation by the Florida Attorney General and lead to a 15-count subpoena against Mitsubishi. In addition, it "lead to several states' opening investigations of Mitsubishi's questionable sales practices."
  • Courthouse Blues

    KTRK-TV "... used hidden camera to prove cops were cheating the system... You get a traffic ticket, and you want to fight it in court. The cop who wrote the ticket will be there to testify against you. And chances are, he'll be getting overtime pay... But what if he snuck out of the courthouse while staying on the overtime clock? What if he wasn't there when court records said he was? What if he claimed four hours of overtime for testifying in your case when it was over in just one hour? What if he told his supervisors you got convicted - when you didn't? "
  • Body of Evidence Part 1-4

    Dateline NBC examined the reliability of forensic evidence in crime laboratories, and found that these labs were understaffed, underfunded and overworked. In one case, the lab had a history of allegations of shoddy work, such as falsification of reports and inferior work.