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  • Hachette Books: Billion Dollar Whale

    In 2009, a mild-mannered graduate of the Wharton School of Business set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude—“like 100 heist movies strung together” (Matt Taibbi)—and one that would eventually ensnare leading bankers and even threaten the future of investment behemoth Goldman Sachs. The story of “the $5 billion swindle known as 1MDB” would become “a textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age" (New York Times). Over a decade, Jho Low siphoned billions from an investment fund—seemingly under the nose of financial watchdogs. He used the money to purchase luxury real estate, to throw champagne-drenched parties with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton, and even to finance Hollywood films like The Wolf of Wall Street. As his scheme finally unraveled, with his yacht and private jet seized, Low disappeared. Billion Dollar Whale reveals the full story of the financial world’s most unlikely fugitive—a harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the twenty-first century.
  • Bled Dry

    When local hospitals shut their doors, communities usually blame poor economics or heavy regulation. But The Dallas Morning News found another reason for closures: Businessmen who bought ailing hospitals and siphoned off their cash, often leaving them vacant hulks in devastated towns. What may seem at first to be an unlikely scenario has played out not just in Texas, but across the country. One owner left a trail of 13 wrecked hospitals in seven states. In Nevada, a doctor who put down $10,000 to take over the only hospital between Reno and Las Vegas pulled out at least $8 million before the cash-starved medical center shut down. Federal regulators and most states don’t vet people who take over hospitals, The News discovered, and there is little financial oversight. Even when patient care suffers at these stripped facilities, regulators seldom hold those who profited accountable.
  • 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.
  • The iScheme

    9NEWS caught an iPhone scheme on camera that targets the homeless and the desperate with promises of quick cash. The news investigation revealed the identity of people who use “credit mules” to get new iPhones at Apple stores so they could be sold for exorbitant profits on the internal market.
  • Inside the Global Black Market for Stolen iPhones

    Gerry Smith's four-part Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones.
  • Daily Beast: The Apple ‘Kill List’: What Your iPhone Doesn’t Want You to Type

    "Spell ‘electrodialysis’ wrong in a text, and Apple will correct you. Miss ‘abortion’ by one letter? You’re on your own. A Daily Beast investigation into your iPhone's hidden taboos." We investigated iPhone's spellcheck algorithm writing a series of scripts and iOS programs to mimic spellcheck hundreds of thousands of words and up to 14 different types of misspellings of those words. We found a list containing politically sensitive words that the iOS software will not accurately correct, even for slight misspellings.
  • "Inside Foxconn"

    Foxconn is one of the world's largest Chinese manufacturing companies, and also the company that makes the iPhone. In 2010 Foxconn was thrust into the spotlight when a dozen workers committed suicide. This Bloomberg Businessweek report takes a close look at the company and Terry Guo, the man who runs it.
  • Florida's Insurance Nightmare

    Six years after eight hurricanes ripped across Florida, state residents still struggle to recover from the storms' legacy - a wrecked property insurance market. Exorbitant premiums, the highest in the world, have soured the state's struggling economy, killed real estate sales and forced families from their homes. Homeowners were told that unless they paid even more, no insurance company would take their hurricane risk. The Herald-Tribune showed that is a lie. Floridians have been lied to about why there is a crisis, where their money is going, and whether they're even protected against storm losses. Public policy has been corrupted by fiction spun by the insurance industry and its supposed regulators. Billions of dollars desperately needed for the next disaster have been siphoned offshore. And millions of homeowners are left to entrust their financial security on a system rigged to extort profit. To expose the hidden truth of Florida's insurance crisis, St. John cultivated key sources deep within every aspect of the insurance industry and sought massive amounts of financial and policy data from multiple state and national entities. When it became obvious Florida's crisis was manipulated from afar, she traveled to Bermuda and Monte Carlo to discover the hidden players truly in charge.
  • Europe's Hidden Billions

    An investigation of spending by the European Unions questions whether there is proper oversight of taxpayer money. Although nearly impossible to track where EU money is spent, the Financial Times found that millions of euros are being siphoned off by organized crime syndicates. Additionally, many of the EU's programs meant to support under-developed countries no longer are serving that mission.
  • Price of neglect adds up

    This investigation revealed how Lee County siphoned off nearly $50 million in tolls from Sanibel Causeway bridges to pay for other projects and now faces a $105 million bill to replace the bridges. The bridges have deteriorated so rapidly over the years because of a lack of maintenance. Motorists will pay for the new bridges; tolls have doubled to pay the expense. Following the story, county commissioners demanded an audit of the Sanibel bridge accounts. Sanibel officials are moving forward with a lawsuit against the county charging mismanagement of bridge maintenance.