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  • "Clusterbomb" and "Bank Secrets"

    In "Clusterbomb," the Dutch pension funds are the second biggest in the world. ZEMBLA sought to find out which companies they used for investing and why this information was not accessible to the public. "Bank Secrets" looked at what banks do with their savings and in which companies is this money invested.
  • From Dreams to Debt

    This story details a con scheme by unlicensed investment counselors affiliated with an organization called Pacific Wealth Management. The company would pay more than the asking price for many of the homes purchased for investors, then pay the seller's asking price and keep the difference. They sold millions of dollars worth of houses to middle-income families, but when the housing market began to deflate, these people were left with millions of dollars in debt.
  • Boom for McMillin, Bust for City

    "A four-month investigation into the redevelopment of a 235-acre Navy boot camp in the heart of San Diego revealed a lopsided deal that put cash in the pockets of developer Corky McMillin Cos. executives and left taxpayers footing the bill. The City of San Diego probably won't see any money from a promised 50-50 profits split, the investigation showed."
  • Rep. Weller's Land Deal

    Illinois Rep. Jerry Weller failed to disclose the extent and the true cost of his property investments in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, an apparent violation of House ethics rules. Weller's misstatements about his real estate activity were particularly extensive in 2005, when he served as a key Congressional advocate of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
  • Following the Money: Earmarks and Waste

    The series tracks and investigates "government waste and Congressional earmarks." It uncovered "NASA's extravagant parties, USDA assigning undercover agents to spy on Hemingway's cats, a Congressman spending your tax dollars on a monument to himself" and more.
  • Making money, raising eyebrows

    "An examination by the Sun shows that the pension fund's $23 billion portfolio contains investments in companies that do business with rogue nations or whose practices contribute to social or environmental ills in direct opposition to the United States and Nevada policies."
  • Gates Foundation Investigation

    LA Times examined which companies the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested in to see if those companies matched the foundation's ideals. The Times found that "about 41% o the foundation's investments (excluding government bonds and loaned investments), were in companies whose activities end o run directly counter to the foundation's philanthropic goals or high-minded philosophy."
  • Squeezing millions from pennies

    "Mark Ellis made millions of dollars from Winsted Holdings, the penny-stock company that he headed. Investors lost essentially everything. His story provided a road map into the bizarre world of penny stocks, an area that regulators generally ignore."
  • Rise and Fall

    Spurred by real estate mogul Solomon Dwek bouncing a $25 million check at a drive-through bank window, the Asbury Park Press investigates Dwek's dealings, and finds that his business may not be as financially stable as it is presented to be. The Press found that Dwek committed mortgage fraud, as forensic experts analyzed signatures on land records, and said Dwek "likely signed the names of other people to $9 million in loans he obtained." His wife had mortgages on three properties she did not own. Dwek, who was arrested by the FBI in the wake of the bounced check, was also found to have received $179 million in loans and investments from banks, mortgage lenders and investors.
  • Al's Secret Admirers

    This story looks into irregularities and violations in Al Sharpton's campaign finances. Sharpton set up a meeting between two fund-raisers and a New York city official to arrange investments; Sharpton was caught on tape by the FBI for soliciting $25,000 from the fund-raisers. The story showed that Sharpton wound up on of the men's corporate payroll with a $25,000 salary. It also found reported donations that appear to never have occurred.