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  • A Hollywood Fraud

    CBS News investigated a securities scam by movie producers who convince Americans across the country to invest their savings in risky movie investments with the promise of huge returns. The story originated with a tip from a longtime law enforcement source about how people were being ripped off to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars for years through movie investment scams.
  • House Stealing Investigation Changes State Law

    Our investigation revealed rampant criminal activity among opportunists trying to capitalize on loopholes in Georgia law and ultimately led to a change in the law, the creation of a fraud registry, and the indictment of eight people. Four years earlier, we had already exposed another group's efforts to steal empty homes by filing false deeds however several members of the racketeering enterprise were acquitted, which exposed legal flaws. Our latest investigation spotlighted how a few members of the group were able to expand their enterprise to target regular homeowners rather than foreclosures, and steal some of the very homes for which they'd previously been arrested. Once we approached legislators about the loopholes, they fast-tracked new legislation to make this activity a felony.
  • Public Money, Private Profits

    David Sirota's run of coverage in the International Business Times lays bare how hedge funds, private equity investors and other professional money managers have penetrated an enormous and lucrative frontier – the roughly $3 trillion worth of public pension systems run by cities and states. The deal-making that has delivered this state of affairs has been laced with conflicts of interest and ethics breaches. Sirota produced a blockbuster scoop showing how the head of New Jersey’s pension system, the former private equity executive Robert Grady, had been in direct contact with top political staff working for the reelection of Gov. Chris Christie just as major campaign contributions were pouring into Christie’s coffers from financial services companies with contracts to manage state pension funds – an apparent violation of state and federal pay-to-play laws.
  • Going Platinum: Gaming the System

    NBC Bay Area exposed an ongoing scheme by the head of Santa Clara County’s Department of Child Support Services in which he used a personal credit card for over a hundred thousand dollars of reimbursable department charges in order to rack up travel rewards points on the public’s dime. Through several public records requests and meticulous data entry and analysis, the team exposed the Director's passion for points drove him to exploit his position for financial gain and violate county purchasing policy. Our investigation shed light on a county department tainted by abuse of power, longstanding violations and questionable ethics The team’s reporting sparked investigations by state agencies, a change in leadership and his ultimate firing.
  • Borrowing Trouble

    For years, Chicago taxpayers have been paying an exorbitant price for the faulty financial decisions of school officials – only they didn’t know it. Not surprisingly, leaders of the city’s public schools weren’t advertising the high costs of the losing bets they had placed in a risky debt market. Over the life of the deals, Chicago Public Schools will likely end up paying $100 million more than it would have if officials had stuck with traditional fixed-rate bonds. The story implicated state lawmakers, the school district's financial advisors, and the current school board president in the disastrous deals.
  • The Fall Of John Wiley Price - His Corruption Runs Further Than Dallas County

    Commissioner John Wiley Price has been a political figure head in Dallas County for more than 20 years. He is the pride of the African American community. He is often the loudest member of the Dallas County Commissioners Court. And he never backs down. But for the first time in his political career, John Wiley Price, JWP as some like to call him, is quiet. A federal indictment with allegations of bribery and corruption will do that to you. When news broke of JWP's indictment, the CBS 11 I-Team jumped in. Within hours of the news breaking, KTVT was live with detailed information about the businesses and individuals who were allegedly involved in the bribery schemes. They were the first to reveal these names and other local newspapers and TV stations didn't do anything similar for days. In the months to come, KTVT turned several stories about how far this corruption ran and the other entities, outside Dallas County, it affected.
  • Telemundo 39 Diploma Mills

    Diploma mills have become prominent in North Texas. These businesses open shop as alleged private schools in small offices and offer home-school programs. They promised people a high school diploma in exchange of a flat fee. They take advantage of a loophole in Texas Law that protects home-school students from being discriminated by colleges or universities. People running these diploma mills are making thousands of dollars selling bogus diplomas, and the students are finding out the hard way. Some of them realize that the diplomas are useless when applying for work or for financial aid. After their broadcast, the group of students showcased in the first part received a money order with a refund for their diploma fee.
  • Rogue Debt Collector Unmasked

    News 4 Investigative reporter Chris Nagus confronts the man behind a debt collection scheme targeting people across St. Louis. Harassing phone calls, threatening letters and unwanted visits from a phony business but it’s unclear whether the people actually own any debt. Chris Nagus confronted the man behind the bogus business and learns this phony debt collector was using the St. Louis Prosecutor’s office to get payment.
  • GoFundMe Fraud

    This KXAN Investigation led them across state lines to track down a suspect in a case of money missing from a crowd funding account supposedly set up to help a family who had lost a loved one. When law enforcement failed to do anything to find the suspect, KXAN went to work. After they found the now admitted thief, law enforcement finally arrested her and extradited her to Williamson County, Texas to face criminal charges.
  • The PermaDerm ™ Cultured Skin Substitute Scandal – FDA shuts down study, failed clinical research and DoD contract/grant fraud?

    A handful of insiders work to get FDA approval of a cultured skin substitute for burn patients, even though the clinical study was shut down by the FDA. Since the study data was unusable, PermaDerm(tm) was entered into a DoD regenerative medicine program. Grants and a contract help fund the research except two ineligible patients were used in the applications. This story has flown under the radar until now.