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  • Billion Dollar Blueprint

    WVUE’s investigation “Billion Dollar Blueprint” reveals the elaborate fraud perpetrated by one industry taking advantage of Louisiana workers by exploiting lax rules in order to enrich bottom lines at the expense of the American public.
  • ED clinic

    Through a series of investigative stories, The Enquirer discovered that a nationwide chain of erectile dysfunction clinics is run by a man convicted of fraud who has a history of making questionable business claims and pocketing disgruntled customers' money.
  • Calculated Care

    “Calculated Care” is The Wall Street Journal’s investigation into the hidden ways financial incentives, rather than medical need, can shape the care that patients receive in America’s health-care institutions. This project combined sophisticated data analysis with shoe-leather reporting to reveal business practices that are endemic to our health-care system—but that only became apparent through the plumbing of government data not readily available to the public. These practices cost the tax-payer-funded Medicare system billions of additional dollars without clear benefit to patients—and, as the Journal’s reporting showed, even to their detriment.
  • The Man Behind the Closing Curtains

    A six-month Naples Daily News investigation exposed the dark past of theater creator James Duffy. An analysis of media reports, court records, company filings and interviews linked Duffy to 88 theaters in 26 states. Fifty-eight of the theaters either never opened or were open less than three years. A nationwide court case search found James Duffy or his companies have been sued at least 69 times and been ordered to pay at least $24.6 million in judgments since 1982. Duffy’s business convinced property owners to pay millions of dollars up-front for the construction or renovation of their theaters. His companies raked in ticket and concession sales from theaters that did open, but didn’t pay rent or other bills and abandoned theaters as lawsuits were filed. Contractors that should have been paid with the fronted renovation money went unpaid, as did investors, lenders, film distributors and even the lawyers who represented Duffy or his companies when they were sued. Numerous employees have also complained of not being paid.
  • Infosys

    Infosys, the world's 5th largest technology consulting firm is a company most Americans have never heard of. Based in Bangalore India, Infosys does 63% of its business here in the United States overhauling and redesigning software systems for fortune 500 companies like Walmart, Home Depot and Goldman Sachs. In order to staff their contracted projects, the company claimed it had to bring in specialized employees from India who had skills that could not be readily found in the United States. A CBS News investigation uncovered documents and witnesses that said the oversees employees had no special skills and were brought in to displace higher-paid American workers.
  • Windfall

    "Windfall" talks about how some organizations benefits and take advantage of global warming awareness to grow their business.
  • Who's Behind Newsweek?

    Mother Jones published the findings of an investigation uncovering evidence of a close business relationship between the media company International Business Times (IBT)-the owners of Newsweek-and the Community, a Christian sect led by Korean pastor David Jang. Journalist Ben Dooley conducted dozens of interviews with former employees of IBT and other Community organizations and scoured thousands of pages of public records and internal documents, ranging from emails to budget and strategic plans.
  • The Politics of Big Telecom

    The largest U.S. telecommunications companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying, political contributions and influence campaigns that shape laws and regulations that will have long-lasting effects on how American businesses and citizens will pay for and get the online information they need to manage their everyday lives. For "The Politics of Big Telecom," the Center for Public Integrity combed through large databases of campaign finances, tax filings and regulatory reports, and interviewed dozens of people from top government officials to average people on the street to show how large telecommunications companies shape public policy to defend profits, hold on to market power and reduce choices for the public.
  • Saric

    The book "Saric" follows the rise of the Balkan narco-cartel and details its drug smuggling, money laundering, and corruption of politicians and businesses. The year 2004 was a breakthrough for Balkan organized crime. After Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić was assassinated in 2003, police dismantled most of crime groups in the country. Big criminals understood that to keep operating they had to change and operate smarter. They did. They formed a syndicate, they stoped selling drugs inside the country and they moved into European markets. Through their new cartel they earned billions and have used it to buy political parties, police and control over the economies of Serbia, Montenegro and other countries.
  • Primed To Fail

    For the past two years, WFAA has uncovered rampant mismanagement at Prime Prep Academy, the taxpayer-supported charter school founded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. In 2014, we found that the school’s former top manager – and Sanders’ former business partner – had allegedly sold hundreds of student laptops without permission, prompting a criminal investigation, and leading to the Texas Education Agency to revoke the troubled school’s charter.