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Shrinkage at Walmart

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Investigative journalist Spencer Woodman reports about Walmart leadership encouraging store management to mask rates of "shrinkage," which is the value of goods stolen/otherwise lost, by manipulating inventory metrics—and thereby profit margins—through an array of improper and possibly illegal techniques. Woodman's article "Former Managers Allege Pervasive Inventory Fraud at Walmart. How Deep Does the Rot Go?" is in The Nation.

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On The Media

Piltdown at 100: A Look Back on Science's Biggest Hoax

Friday, May 02, 2014

A hundred years ago, a human-like skull and ape-like jaw were presented at a special meeting of the Geological Society in London. The so-called "Piltdown Man" became widely accepted as a crucial link in the human evolutionary chain; crucial, that is, until 1953, when the bones were exposed as a total hoax. In an interview from December of last year, Nova Senior Science Editor Evan Hadingham talks to Brooke about this tantalizing example of "scientific skullduggery."

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WNYC News

Five Madoff Ex-Workers Convicted in Case's First Trial

Monday, March 24, 2014

Five former employees of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff were convicted Monday at the end of a six-month trial.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Murder, Mystery, and a Masquerade

Monday, March 24, 2014

In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn—then an aspiring novelist—set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn into the world of an eccentric man who ultimately would be revealed as an impostor, child kidnapper, and murderer. Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade is Kirn’s story of being duped by a real-life Mr. Ripley.

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WQXR Blog

Man Lauded as Japan Beethoven Sorry for Fake Work

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed that his famed compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.

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WNYC News

Luxe Developer Ordered To Stop Selling Condos in New York

Friday, February 28, 2014

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Local builder and Israeli firm ordered to stop selling condos in New York

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Conducting Business

'Japan's Beethoven': Understanding the Ghost Composer Scandal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The fallout continues from the scandal involving Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that he’d faked his own deafness and paid someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

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On The Media

Piltdown at 100: A Look Back on Science's Biggest Hoax

Friday, July 05, 2013

A hundred years ago, a human-like skull and ape-like jaw were presented at a special meeting of the Geological Society in London. The so-called "Piltdown Man" became widely accepted as a crucial link in the human evolutionary chain; crucial, that is, until 1953, when the bones were exposed as a total hoax. In an interview from December of last year, Nova Senior Science Editor Evan Hadingham talks to Brooke about this tantalizing example of "scientific skullduggery." 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Heating Oil: Cheated and Poisoned

Friday, March 22, 2013

New York Times reporter William Rashbaum talks about the investigation into whether tens of thousands of New York customers were cheated by the dilution of heating oil with hazardous waste oil.

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WQXR Blog

Gergiev Fund Embezzlement Case Postponed

Monday, March 18, 2013

A court in Moscow has postponed initial hearings in the case of two men charged with embezzling 245 million rubles ($8 million) from the charitable foundation of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Wall Street’s Leaders Escaped Prosecution

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Frontline producer and correspondent Martin Smith talks about his investigation into why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors, loans that brought the U.S. and world economies to the brink of collapse. Frontline’s documentary “The Untouchables” includes interviews with top prosecutors, government officials and industry whistle-blowers, and reports allegations that Wall Street bankers ignored pervasive fraud when buying pools of mortgage loans. “The Untouchables” airs January 22, at 10 p.m., on PBS.

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On The Media

Piltdown at 100: A Look Back on Science's Biggest Hoax

Friday, December 14, 2012

A hundred years ago this week, a human-like skull and ape-like jaw were presented at a special meeting of the Geological Society in London. The so-called "Piltdown Man" became widely accepted as a crucial link in the human evolutionary chain; crucial, that is, until 1953, when the bones were exposed as a total hoax. Nova Senior Science Editor Evan Hadingham talks to Brooke about this tantalizing example of "scientific skullduggery." 

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WNYC News

Ex-NY Senator Hiram Monserrate Gets 2 Years in Prison

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Former state Senator Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud on Tuesday.

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WQXR Blog

Dietmar Machold, Jet-Setting Violin Dealer, Convicted of Embezzlement

Friday, November 09, 2012

Dietmar Machold, once the world’s most successful dealer of rare violins, violas and cellos, was found guilty of embezzlement and fraud Friday.

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The Takeaway

High-Profile Violin Dealer at Center of Viennese Fraud Case

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In Vienna, one of the biggest fraud cases relating to the trade in rare musical instruments in underway. At the heart of the drama is a prominent dealer named Dietmar Machold — widely considered to be a world expert in rare and highly-prized Stradivarius violins. Bethany Bell, a reporter for the BBC based in Vienna, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Construction Billing Fraud Investigation

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WNYC contributing editor for politics and investigations Bob Hennelly discusses the federal investigation into NYC's big construction firms' billing practices for major public projects.

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WNYC News

48 Charged in Massive Medicaid Fraud Case

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A nationwide prescription drug ring bought mountains of HIV medications and other drugs from down-and-out Medicaid recipients in New York City, then marketed the pills to pharmacies that dispensed them to unsuspecting consumers, authorities said Tuesday.

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Transportation Nation

Union Says NY Subway Inspection Fraud Arrests Miss the Mark, Big Perpetrators Are Getting Off

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

NYC subway signal. (photo by CC by Flickr user HelveticaFanatic)

(New York, NY - WNYC) Ten NY transit workers are set to be arrested Friday for allegedly falsifying records about how many subway signals they inspected in the years prior to 2009. But the low-level inspectors aren't the real criminals in the so-called "signalgate" scandal, says Transport Workers Union president John Samuelsen. He slammed the planned arrests, saying managers are the culprits.

The NY Daily News first reported the story; a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance confirmed to TN that the arrests are pending.

The signals keep trains moving smoothly and prevent them from crashing into each other. The MTA's own investigation released in 2010 found maintenance goals were not being met and records were falsified "on a widespread basis" to cover that up.

Samuelsen said the workers, who are expected to be charged with felonies, are low level signal maintainers and managers who were assigned excessive workloads. He said their supervisors may also have falsified their inspection records without the workers' knowledge.

"It's astounding to us that the senior level bosses that orchestrated this entire charade, this entire issue that led to fraudulent signal inspections, have been untouched by the district attorney," Samuelsen said.

He said senior management "put severe pressure on low-level field level supervisors and signal maintainers to perform fraudulent signal inspections."

Samuelsen further maintained that that a bar code system used to verify work "was so corrupt that any over-zealous manager could input an employee’s identification credentials and sign for as much equipment as he felt necessary."

The real perpetrators of subway signal inspection fraud, he claims, have so far gone untouched despite an investigation by NY MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger. "There's an absolute witch hunt going on here against transit workers and low level supervisors," Samuelson said, " while the big bosses hide behind the curtains."

Neither the Manhattan District Attorney's office nor Kluger would comment further on the case.

But MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg weighed in. He said, "If Mr. Samuelsen has any information that people involved in fraudulent signal inspections have not been prosecuted, he should present it to the district attorney."

NY MTA Signal Division Chairman John Chiarello told WNYC that TWU members arrested in the Signalgate investigation could expect to be backed by the union as they make their way through the legal system. "Leadership of the union is going to stand behind the members and we’re going to defend them," he said.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Construction Company Admits Fraud

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the construction company that agreed to pay $56 million in fines yesterday, after admitting to widespread fraud.

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WNYC News

NY Anti-Fraud Law Gets Delayed Start, Following Big Federal Bust

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office says it will make good on an anti-fraud law that was passed in 2005 but never enforced until now.

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