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  • Hope and Heartbreak

    They traveled from across the country. A farmer's wife. A lawyer. A chiropractor. Seven women who seemed to have very little in common. But when we started filming their interview, what they shared became painfully obvious. A sense of grief and broken trust. All of them, they told us, were victims of "the cruelest con." Adoption fraud. https://vimeo.com/151819415
  • Towers of Secrecy

    Secret buyers, many of them foreign and superrich, are using shell companies to cloak their purchases of expensive U.S. real estate, allowing them to flout building codes and local laws, defraud people of their homes and shield huge cash purchases, raising questions of whether they are seeking to hide suspiciously obtained money.
  • A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans

    Voice of San Diego senior reporter and assistant editor Liam Dillon spent eight months investigating one of the largest political corruption scandals in San Diego history. Dillon, assisted by Mexican journalist Vicente Calderón, produced stories that took readers to corporate boardrooms in the United States and Mexico, gas stations and warehouses in suburban San Diego and surveillance deals in Israel. The resulting series, A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans, answered many questions about the wealthy Mexican businessman at the center of the scandal and his feud with one of San Diego’s largest corporations.
  • Shortcut to the American Dream

    The longstanding yet little known EB-5 visa program allows wealthy foreigners to jump to the head of the immigration line, pumping capital into real estate from Seattle to Miami, but a Herald-Tribune investigation found the program is rife with fraud and that the government has no firm handle on who's getting in – raising questions of national security.
  • Dissecting a Bad Deal

    A Wisconsin State Journal investigation uncovered potential waste, fraud and corruption connected to a questionable state taxpayer loan to a struggling Milwaukee business owner. The investigation found Gov. Scott Walker's top cabinet secretary pushed for a loan to the business owner, a top Walker donor, who presented false information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which hastily bypassed the usual review process. It also found the business owner potentially committed fraud and illegally solicited campaign donations from employees. The story resulted in several changes to the agency, including the scrapping of its loan program, calls for a federal investigation and bipartisan legislation creating criminal penalties for defrauding the agency.
  • 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.
  • Waste and Violence at Colorado Human Services

    Waste and Violence at Colorado Human Services is a broad investigation into the policies and practices that have led state officials to squander millions, increase benefits to people not qualified for the money and allow repeated attacks on staff and others at their facilities. Despite stalling and refusal to release some records, Watchdog.org went over road blocks, obtaining records from other agencies and sources, to tell the story. During four months, Watchdog.org found the state repeatedly violated federal law, changed policies to increase welfare benefits and made changes that endangered staff at its juvenile detention facilities.
  • Growing Influence

    The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was a two-year process that pitted farm subsidies against food stamps. The 2008 Farm Bill expired in 2012 and was set to be updated but easy passage was thwarted as Congress focused on the $17 billion in federal crop insurance payments issued to farmers that year due to a massive drought; meanwhile, lawmakers also focused on food stamp fraud. Growing Influence highlighted the bill’s impact on taxpayers by uncovering at least 600 companies that helped influence the trillion-dollar 2014 Farm Bill and the murky spending behind it between 2012 and the first quarter of 2014.
  • Home Care Crisis

    The Columbus Dispatch examined Ohio’s preparedness for the shift to in-home care, which is rapidly replacing nursing homes and institutions as the preferred form of long-term care. They documented the industry’s tremendous, almost unchecked, growth in central Ohio, and showed how fraud, low wages and scant regulation jeopardize care and waste public health funds.