Stories

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  • Render Unto Rome

    This book investigates the Catholic Church's finances and breaks new ground on several fronts including fiscal mismanagement, embezzlement and abuse.
  • Beneath the Surface of Political Expense

    The Kukmin Daily finds that several lawmakers in South Korea's National Assembly used campaign contributions to fund golf outings, trips to the sauna and even haircuts.
  • ABC News Partnership: Better Business Bureau Investigation

    The ABC News Investigative Unit along with six ABC local affiliate stations conducted an unprecedented investigation of the Better Business Bureau.
  • Europe's Hidden Billions

    An investigation of the European Union's spending practices finds that less than 10 percent of allotted funding has reached the beneficiaries of Structural Fund projects. The stories also examine how it is nearly impossible for taxpayers to see how their money is being spent.
  • "Local Sheriff Abusing His Power?"

    This investigation reveals that the Middlesex County sheriff had been accepting money from his employees who were interested in staying in his "good graces." The corruption also benefited the sheriff's "political future." When the accusation of corruption was exposed by WFXT, the Mass. Attorney General launched its own investigation. Less than a week later, the sheriff committed suicide, and WFXT-TV received criticism for their reporting of the incident. Critics eventually determined the story was fairly investigated and reported.
  • "Greed v. Guardianship"

    This investigation reveals serious flaws in the Maricopa County Probate Court. Families have complained of being "violated" by their court appointed guardian, which was most often the Sun Valley Group. Families accused SVG of taking control of their finances, selling anything of value and keeping the money. Some were even kept from visiting sick loved ones who had been placed in care facilities.
  • Bloomberg's Offshore Millions/The Secret Campaign of Mayor Mike

    The two stories take an unprecedented look at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's finances. One story uncovers how Bloomberg used a loophole to invest charitable funds in overseas tax havens. The other story examines the questionable tactics of his secretive campaign effort called "ballot security."
  • A Raid at Fair Finance

    The series digs deeper into the downfall of a well-known consumer lender, Fair Finance, in Akron, Ohio. The company's owners financed their expensive lifestyles by raising cash from unwitting Ohio investors. After a raid by the FBI, the company collapsed and lost $200 million coming from mostly middle class individuals and their organizations.
  • The Mayor and the Money

    Campaign finance reports of the Shreveport Mayor suggested that the campaign finance laws had been broken. Anonymous contributions, multiple entries for the same donation, donors that circumvented laws on contribution limits, and donors with questionable backgrounds were found in the reports.
  • Trip to Nowhere

    On the eve of a vote to raise taxes nearly 10 percent and cut spending, the stories laid out in detail how auto allowances routinely granted to dozens of county officials were not justified by their documented needs. Commissioners, department heads, and 15 of their secretaries and staff were receiving what amounted to bonuses that often exceeded more than 10 times what they could document in obscure but required forms. In a followup story, the county administrator reversed course and said he would study discontinuing auto allowances that exceeded the documented needs for two recently hired county watchdogs who were supposed to guard against waste and abuse. Finally, in a third story, the county acknowledged it had failed to meet states and local requirements to document "typical" mileage before all employees began receiving allowances, and said it would change its policy.