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These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
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Eichenwald uncovered a nightmarish truth unknown even to law enforcement and child advocacy groups: Children, encouraged by adults who find them online, have been performing from their own homes for cash and gifts in online pornography shows sent onto the Internet by inexpensive Webcams. The six month investigation ended with a federal criminal investigation into online child pornography, the shutdown of one of the busiest illegal Web sites and Congressional hearings.
Reporters from KTRK-TV's 13 Undercover unit go behind the scenes to find out the reason for the increased cost of providing pensions for city workers in Houston. What they found was an extravagant misappropriation of funds, illegal gifts to members of Houston Firefighter Pension Board , as well as the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System. Board members were accused of taking trips around the world with their spouses, using money from the workers' pension funds. As a result of their investigation, Houston's mayor notified board appointees of the consequences of illegal gifts, and an investigation has been initiated for one pension board.
WAGA-TV investigated Stone Cold Chemicals, which "sells cleaning supplies to federal, state and local government offices across the country. They generate millions of dollars -- tax dollars -- by offering the government supervisor a gift. In exchange, the supervisor agrees to order what are often over-priced supplies. (WAGA-TV) found the company giving supervisors what they called a 'premium,' worth as much as 10 percent of what they ordered. Purchasing agents told (WAGA-TV) this type of sales tactic is unethical, and in their opinion, illegal. That may explain why the company often sent those expensive gifts to the supervisor's home instead of the office."
WNBC-TV investigates corruption allegations involving Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ). The report features an interview with convicted fundraiser David Chang, who said Torricelli has helped him with multi-million-dollar business deals in exchange for cash and gifts totalling more than $150,000. However, according to the contest entry summary, "Torricelli was never charged with any crime; the Senate Ethics Committee reprimanded him for accepting just a few illegal gifts."
Westword newspaper reports on female-only dinner clubs, in which members pay a fee to join and then move up as they get more people to join. When someone pays $5000 they become known as "soups and salads. When four soup and salad positions are filled, meaning $20000 has been raised, the 'birthday girl' gets the money. The group then splits in two, and the soups and salads move up to the 'entree level', with the two women who were previously as that level moving into the birthday spots in the two new groups; four new soups and salads then have to be created at the bottom of each group. When the birthday girls get their birthday presents, the groups split again, and so on. Before long, there are dozens of groups." Many women say this club has financially saved them, receiving money they could have otherwise never earned. But law-enforcement officials say clubs like this "are classified as illegal pyramid schemes" and members are at risk for fines and jail time if caught. Westword examines the benefits as well as the consequences of joining these kind of organizations.
The Commercial Appeal "examined the use of seized drug funds by an undercover unit of the Memphis Police Department. Stories revealed that large sums of the cash were being used illegally to fund unauthorized travel. Officers were using credit cards, issued in the name of a covert company, to travel and make other purchases, with monthly credit card bills paid off with forfeited funds. Large amounts of cash were kept in a vault, but available to department personnel, to purchase gifts, meals, etc."
KSTP found government workers who accepted illegal gifts and perks to help keep beds full at two drug and alcohol treatment centers in the Twin Cities. Owners of the treatment centers routinely accepted rapists, murderers and child molesters while reassuring elected officials and neighbors they didn't accept violent criminals. All of it at taxpayers' expense. KSTP also documented how the owners of the treatment centers ignored staff concerns abut inadequate security. At least three of the staff members were sexually assaulted by clients who had violent criminal histories.
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