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Search results for "Fort Myer" ...

  • Trashing Your Tax Dollars

    The NBC2 Investigators uncovered wasteful spending in a multi-million dollar federal program mean to re-stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosures. The program - called NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) - utilized stimulus money approved during the George W. Bush administration to buy foreclosed homes, refurbish them and then sell them to families who would live in them, thus stabilizing a neighborhood. In our area, the program was administered by our county (Lee) and another program was administered by our city (Fort Myers). Our investigation of the county-run program found they were throwing away perfectly good appliances and replacing them with more expensive products. Not only could they have kept those appliances in the home - leaving them more money to refurbish others - but the appliances they did throw away could have gone to people in need in our community. Ultimately, our story forced the county to change policies in the program. They now coordinate with a local non-profit to donate all appliances and equipment once meant for the landfill.

    Tags: broadcast; neighborhoods; foreclosed homes; appliances

    By Andy Pierrotti; Lauren Bernaldo; Phil Willette; Matt Apthorp; John Burns

    WBBH-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • National Security Threat

    The story exposed a major security lapse at a Virginia military base. A civilian employee with an identity fraud conviction had the job of making military identification cards and confessed to making fake ones for sale, including to foreign nationals. The identity cards allowed bearers access to sensitive areas of military bases.

    Tags: fraud; fake identification; military; U.S. Army; identity fraud; national security; Fort Myer

    By Andrea McCarren;Pete Hakel;Michael Fuhr

    WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)


  • No title (id: 12368)

    The News-Press investigates Florida's controversial forfeiture laws. The News-Press reviewed 122 Fort Myers police seizure cases and found that the police had used settlement agreements and the civil courts to seize money, cars and property. (May 29, 1994)

    Tags: Franceschina CAR Seized Fort Myers Police Department Investigations 3 pgs.

    By Franceschina

    News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • No title (id: 9326)

    Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press reports on lax travel procedures and shoddy accounting practices among Cape Coral officials, including 15 of whom traveled to five hurricane conferences in a little over a year, April 3, 1992.

    Tags: FL Hoyem

    By None

    News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)



    WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.) discovers a family-owned and operated air conditioning company defrauding hundreds of customers, claiming work that was not completed, charging for work and equipment not needed; uses undercover camera to reveal fraud, Dec. 9 - 13, 1991.

    Tags: TAPE; air conditioning comapany; fraud

    By Patrick Comer

    WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • Danger: Sleeping Dynamite

    WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.) reports on seismic charges left in the ground by oil exploration crews in 1980; investigation started when one of the charges blew up and injured a man, July 22 - 25, 1985.

    Tags: Tape FL

    By Ilene Safron and Beverly Cameron

    WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • No title (id: 2663)

    Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press series investigates the plea bargaining and sentencing in a triple-murder case involving an organized crime drug smuggling operation; reporters got access to transcripts of confidential tapes and court documents, July 29 - 31, 1984.

    Tags: Melsek FL OC

    By None

    News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • No title (id: 2662)

    Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press runs articles on involvement by members of county sheriff's department in drug smuggling operations; reporter uses many public documents, including bill of sale filed with FAA of a plane sold by sheriff deputy to known smuggler, which sparked the investigation, June - October 1984.

    Tags: FL Johnson Melsek police FAA

    By None

    News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • No title (id: 2661)

    Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press article tells the story of a Seminole Indian indicted for shooting a rare Florida panther; reporter treats questions of Indian sovereignty and endangered species designation, Dec. 9, 1984.

    Tags: None

    By None

    News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)


  • No title (id: 2173)

    Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press articles on corruption in Lee County, Fla., show county inspectors and commissioners were being bribed by the contractors they were supposed to regulate, December 1982.

    Tags: FL

    By None

    News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)