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Profiting from Prisons

  • Profiting from prisons     Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and that opens up the door for companies to have a captive market -- literally. One of those companies is JPay, which provides electronic money transfers and other services to about 70 percent of state prisons. But in order to get that lucrative state prison contract, the state takes a commission as well. Critics argue all the costs are passed down to families and inmates, often burdening them financially. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky Reports.

  • The big business of selling apps to prison inmates Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:21 PM ET
    JP4 device by JPay used by prisoners at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

    The U.S. has 25 percent of the world's prisoners, and some see mass incarceration is a big business opportunity.

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    CNBC's investigative unit focuses on corporate malfeasance,government waste and white collar crime. In 2012 the unit reported a wide-range of stories including health care fraud, child labor, cyber espionage, and global kleptocracy for which Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan, Dubai, Paris, London, Los Angeles and Fernley, Nevada.

  • Inside the SEC: Investigations, Inc. Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 12:25 PM ET

    CNBC gets exclusive access inside the SEC. CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn and CNBC Contributor Gary Kaminsky take you behind closed doors to learn more about fraud and what the SEC is doing to fight it.

  • Investigations Inc.: Cyber Espionage Saturday, 28 Jul 2012 | 1:32 AM ET

    CNBC takes you inside a new wave of espionage and the battle to protect America's economic security.

  • Investigations Inc.: Ripping off the Rich Saturday, 4 Aug 2012 | 12:54 AM ET

    Discover who’s stealing from wealthy collectors, and find out how investors can protect themselves.

  • Investigations Inc.: Health Care Hustle Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    Join a strike force taking down alleged criminal rings accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid out of millions.

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    Follow corruption and money laundering around the globe to Dubai, London, Paris, and the United States.

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  • We’ve covered health care fraud, international corruption and money laundering – both reported by Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn. Additionally, we’ve produced reports about art and wine fraud, cyber espionage, Herbalife, Intuitive Surgical and alleged problems in the VA Hospital system. David Faber, Herb Greenberg, Scott Wapner and Dina Gusovsky have contributed to Investigations, Inc. reports.

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Inside the SEC

  • The Treasury estimates that $21 billion in potentially fraudulent refunds due to identity theft could be issued in the next five years.

  • CNBC's Gary Kaminsky takes a look at the massive amount of digital data that pours into the SEC's enforcement division, which is in charge of investigating violations of securities laws.

  • CNBC's Gary Kaminsky spent time with SEC's Bruce Karpati to learn more about his division, which investigates allegations of fraud committed by investment advisers. Kaminsky reports that if you're breaking the law, the agency will find you.

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Selling the American Dream

Investigations Inc.: Cyber Espionage

  • When a person enters information on a website, like an email or credit card, it gets stored in that company’s data base. Those web-based forms are a simple tool for users, but they are also another way hackers can exploit a company’s system. Instead of inputting a name into the website, cyber spies can put in a specially crafted text that may cause the database to execute the code instead of simply storing it, Alperovitch said. The result is a “malicious takeover of the system,” he said.

    By attacking business computer networks, hackers are accessing company secrets and confidential strategies and creating huge losses for the overall economy.

  • China is working feverishly to counteract its slowest GDP growth in recent years, and one of the ways it’s doing so, say U.S. officials, is through the theft of American corporate secrets.

  • US businesses are enduring an unprecedented onslaught of cyber invasions from foreign governments, organized crime syndicates, and hacker collectives, all seeking to steal information and disrupt services, cybersecurity experts say.

Investigations Inc.: Ripping off the Rich

  • Given today’s volatile stock market and sluggish global economy, more wealthy Americans are opting for alternative investment strategies, such as collecting high-profile art and jewelry. In turn, the FBI said theft of such items has become a booming criminal enterprise.Clearly, there is high “black market” demand for the nation’s most valuable national treasures, as the FBI estimates total losses amount to $6 billion annually. The high school class ring of Elvis Presley, pictured here, is just o

    Thousands of items of cultural and historical significance have been reported stolen to the FBI. Click ahead for the list of the FBI’s most wanted stolen art works.

  • New York socialite Roxane West never expected the man she trusted and treated like family could be part of a crime wave that targets the wealthy. CNBC investigates the billion dollar criminal enterprise that is "Ripping off the Rich."

  • An increasing number of wealthy collectors are investing in art, rare collectibles and even wine. But when buying rare, trophy bottles, even the most educated connoisseur can get duped. Jamie Ritchie, President of Sotheby's Wine in the U.S. and Asia, explains how to spot a fake.

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