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  • Easy Targets

    There are some sixty-three thousand licensed gun dealers in the U.S.—nearly twice the number of McDonald’s and Starbucks combined. But, unlike other businesses that deal in dangerous products, such as pharmacies or explosives makers, most gun stores face no legal requirements to secure their merchandise. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in gun-store thefts. This story focuses on a group of thieves who preyed on gun stores in North Carolina, stealing more than two hundred weapons over a four-month period. The Trace and The New Yorker relied on thousands of public records and more than fifty interviews to track these guns through a network of black-market profiteers.
  • State Police Troopers, Supervisors Charged in Overtime Scandal

    Dozens of respected members of the Massachusetts State Police are suspended, so far ten have been criminally charged, and the investigations by federal and state prosecutors are continuing with more arrests expected in 2019. All of this is the result of a massive overtime scheme that was uncovered by 5 Investigates, the investigative team at WCVB in Boston. This is a precedent setting scandal that has unfolded in Massachusetts since our initial investigation. The work of 5 Investigates began in 2017 with dozens of public records requests and our first story in October that revealed supervisors and troopers who appeared to be earning thousands of dollars in overtime they never worked. By early 2018, we began to see significant developments -- suspensions, arrests for theft of taxpayer money, and a response from the Governor that resulted in some of the largest reforms within the State Police that Massachusetts has ever seen.
  • Politico: Wage Theft

    Raising hourly pay is a rallying cry for politicians and activists, but they’ve put little attention on a key problem for low-wage workers: states often fail to get workers the money they’re owed. Combining data analysis and interviews, a nine-month Politico investigation found workers are so lightly protected that six states have no investigators to handle minimum-wage violations, while 26 additional states have fewer than 10 investigators. Given the widespread nature of wage theft and the dearth of resources to combat it, an estimated $15 billion in desperately needed income for workers with the lowest wages goes instead into the pockets of shady bosses.
  • OCCRP: Paradise Leased: The Theft of the Maldives

    Maldives tourism isn’t all swaying palm trees and white sand beaches. The truth is something far uglier. Thanks to a trove of leaked files, OCCRP reporters have uncovered the details of an audacious multi-million dollar scheme that saw dozens of Maldivian islands leased out to developers in no-bid deals — and the money then stolen. While local tycoons and international investors cashed in, the people of this island paradise in the Indian Ocean saw precious little. The revelations also include fresh evidence that implicates the Maldives’ authoritarian president, Abdulla Yameen, in the scandal.
  • Cell phone Robbery

    The reporter Giovani Grizotti installed a spy application on mobile devices that ended up in the hands of criminals. And so he could track the way that the stolen mobiles traveled.
  • Why is it ‘easy’ to steal from youth sports?

    Our investigation exposed how a prominent youth sports league that went to the Little League World Series was being ripped off by adult leaders. When we looked statewide, we found gaping loopholes in youth sport finances.
  • Stealing Paradise

    Al Jazeera exposes a $1.5bn money-laundering plot, bribery, theft and fraud in paradise. President Abdulla Yameen is accused of receiving cash in bags filled with up to $1m, so much that it was "difficult to carry", according to one of the men who delivered the money. The story is told through data obtained from three of the vice president's smartphones and hundreds of confidential documents. It also features secretly recorded confessions of three men who embezzled millions and delivered the stolen cash on the orders of the president and his deputy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15N9K3wXh0Y http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/stealing-paradise/
  • Stolen Gun Deaths

    We began our investigation into lost and stolen guns after Bay Area woman Kate Steinle was shot and killed with a gun stolen from the vehicle of a Bureau of Land Management Ranger. By the time we finished our story months later, three more people had been killed with stolen guns in the Bay Area, including an Oakland muralist murdered with a gun stolen from an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Our investigation uncovered hundreds of guns missing from Bay Area law enforcement agencies and hundreds more reported stolen from federal law enforcement agencies. Following our investigation, two major Bay Area cities announced ordinances aimed at preventing gun thefts. https://youtu.be/4Mi4jX7galQ
  • Investigating the IRS: "Borrowing" Your Identity

    This 5-month WTHR investigation exposed how the IRS has ignored millions of cases of blatant identity theft while mandating its employees to keep victims in the dark. WTHR’s investigative team traveled across the nation to uncover confidential policies the IRS had successfully kept secret for more than a decade, allowing millions of taxpayers to become victims and putting millions more at risk. The investigation triggered immediate action in Congress and at the IRS.
  • CBS News: BLACK MARKET SYRIAN ANTIQUITIES

    In a six-month investigation, Clarissa Ward and investigative producer Jennifer Janisch penetrated the secretive black market trade of antiquities from Syria and Iraq, using hidden cameras to capture the first evidence of an authentic Roman mosaic stolen out of Syria, potentially worth six figures. https://vimeo.com/cbseveningnews/review/151447016/ebc8378177