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  • 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.

  • This photo shows the aftermath of the accident, including the burned out shell of a truck. The Lindner minivan was so crushed its wreckage cannot be seen.

    Fatal truck accidents happen nearly 11 times a day in the U.S. CNBC looks at the causes, who's to blame, and why it gets little attention.

  • How one man lost his family to unsafe highways     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    Dan Lindner's wife, mother-in-law, and two young sons set out on a road trip, but did not make it there alive. They were killed instantly in a crash with a truck driver who had seven warning letters from his company. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports.

  • The accident scene after Kelly Linhart was struck.

    Experts say "chameleon" trucking companies, which re-register with the government to clear prior issues, are more likely to be in severe crashes.

  • Technology that could save you from a truck wreck Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    A Volvo truck equipped with safety technology.

    Truck companies are banking on the safety features of their vehicles as a selling point.

  • Death on the highway     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The truck collision that injured Tracy Morgan and the fatal Fedex crash with a bus in California grab the nation's attention but accidents like these happen nearly 11 times a day. CNBC's Eamon Javers investigates the growing problem of truck crashes.

  • Truck safety technology in action     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Collision Course takes a ride in a Volvo truck equipped with enhanced cruise controls and lane departure warning systems to see how technology can make our roads safer. CNBC's Eamon Javers Reports.

  • Critics say trucking companies can change their name and re-register with the government to avoid liability and poor safety records. These so-called "chameleon carriers" are also more likely to get into severe accidents, according to the Government Accountability Office. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports.

  • Selling the American Dream: Investigations Inc. Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 1:53 PM ET

    “Selling the American Dream” goes inside the world of multi-level marketing. Our 10 month investigation shows how quickly people can find themselves in financial ruin, when investments they are encouraged to make in MLM businesses turn into unmanageable debt.

  • The bitcoin uprising     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    Bitcoin. Digital gold rush or a shadowy tool empowering criminals on the dark web? What is really driving The Bitcoin Uprising? CNBC's Mary Thompson takes an in-depth look at this emerging digital currency by speaking to the bitcoin faithful, who believe the open source currency will upend the global financial system, as well as those who believe bitcoin is an easily manipulated tool that empowers criminals, hackers and drug barons in the dark online underworld. Although the future of bitcoin is uncertain, The Bitcoin Uprising sheds much needed light on the speculative currency and the future of money.

  • Behind bitcoin: An avid group tries to spread word Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Revolutionaries believe their mission is to spread the word of bitcoin and its power.

  • Bitcoin having trouble shedding its dark side Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    A user scans a QR code on a smartphone, transferring bitcoins into their digital wallet.

    Bitcoin's grabbed headlines as much for its price as for its link to the online underworld and crimes including fraud, Ponzi schemes and theft.

  • Inside one man's bitcoin mining operation Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    A Bitcoin dispensing machine.

    For Steve Vittatoe, bitcoin is a fun way to make some extra money. The programmer runs a mini bitcoin-mining operation from the basement of his home.

  • Bitcoin bickering: How much regulation? Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Within the bitcoin uprising, there is a battle for the hearts of the early bitcoin adopters.

  • A Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist inspects an international food shipment at the port of Newark

    With rising food rates and an increase in food imports, food fraud is a growing problem that costs the industry up to $15 billion a year.

  • In a quest for profit, fraudsters mislabel and adulterate food. In addition to potential health problems, it costs the food industry billions. CNBC's Sheila Dharmarajan reports.

  • How a mother-daughter crime duo stole millions Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    An inside look at how a mother-daughter crime duo posed as soldiers and swindled money from women who were seeking love on the Internet, according to prosecutors.

  • Joseph Romano was living large, even as a federal inmate, but set on murderous revenge against those who put him in lockup for committing fraud. CNBC's Andrea Day reports.

  • In this undercover video still Dejvid Mirkovic, left, hands over money to an undercover agent posing as a hit man.

    After Joseph Romano was convicted of running a coin scam he decided to plot revenge against those who had locked him up. CNBC investigates.

  • The men who used to bust pot operations are now being paid big bucks to protect them. Dina Gusovsky Reports.

  • Craig Kloppenberg, a former law enforcement officer who now consults with Colorado marijuana businesses on compliance issues.

    Thousands of new job and business opportunities accompanied Colorado legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.

  • Black market bonanza at the Super Bowl     Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day reports how organized crime is trying to get a piece of the Super Bowl profits with counterfeit goods.

  • District Attorney Richard Brown displays counterfeit tickets seized days before the Super Bowl.

    From sophisticated fake game tickets to bogus jerseys, counterfeiters want a piece of the Super Bowl. Here's how to spot knockoff merchandise.

  • UH-60 Black Hawk

    Forget ground patrol, that's just the beginning. Black Hawks and other aircraft will be monitoring skies above the Super Bowl.

  • Inside an alleged $100 million global theft ring Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 12:52 PM ET
    Subhash Kapoor

    New York antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor is accused of running a global art theft ring for years, authorities tell CNBC.

  • Billion dollar black market     Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day reports on the billion dollar black market of the antiquities trade. There is a treasure trove of ancient art that was looted from temples from India and smuggled into the U.S. to be distributed on the black market and sold to art galleries.

  • Fugitive found after 18 months on the lam     Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Aubrey Lee Price, a Georgia banker wanted for bilking investors out of $21 million was apprehended after cops pulled him over for illegally tinted windows on his car. A federal warrant was issued in 2012 after Price was accused of transferring millions of clients' money into accounts he controlled.

  • Ex-cops, firemen face charges in disability scam Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 3:04 PM ET
    Prosecutors say suspect Richard Cosentino, seen on a boat fishing, fraudulently received more than $207,000 in a broad disability scam.

    More than 100 people, including former police officers and firefighters, were arrested Tuesday in a broad disability scam, the Manhattan DA's office says.

  • Aubrey Lee Price

    Aubrey Price, a banker wanted for allegedly bilking investors, was apprehended. Price was featured on CNBC's "American Greed Fugitives.

  • White-collar crime rewind     Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day looks back at this year's biggest crime stories, including rock star wannabe, Rob Mawhinney, who stole over $11 million and is now serving seven years in prison.

  • Lights Over Paris tour bus.

    Rob Mawhinney desperately wanted to become a rockstar. Instead, he found fame when he pleaded guilty to money laundering and loan fraud.

  • One man's vanishing act is another man's tax hell Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 1:16 PM ET
    Arthur Jones went missing from his home in Chicago, IL back in 1979, but was found alive in Las Vegas, NV in 2011.

    Cliff Goodenough says his life had been in shambles because of a decades-long battle with the IRS. The reason was almost too hard to believe.

  • Five years after Bernie Madoff's arrest, new masters of Ponzi schemes have emerged. Meet the scammer convicted as Minnesota's $200 million man.

  • Are these bags real or fake?     Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 1:55 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day reports that luxury-goods companies spend millions of dollars every year on global investigators to fight counterfeiting. A look at how the knockoff sellers are adapting to increased pressure from law enforcement.

  • Ex-attorney pleads guilty, stole over $4 million Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 2:09 PM ET
    In an interview, James Kalpakis told CNBC, "If I have to work the rest of my life to make things right, I will do that."

    James Kalpakis stole over $4.3 million from 5 clients in fraudulent real estate deals between 2008 and 2011—including over $400,000 from his own wife.

  • 'Pot mom' admits running a weed warehouse Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 9:41 AM ET
    Andrea Sanderlin, a New York mom who allegedly ran a $3 million marijuana operation out of a New York City warehouse, leaves federal court in July after making bail.

    Andrea Sanderlin, from Scarsdale, N.Y., known as the "pot mom," pleaded guilty to running a multimillion-dollar marijuana growing operation.

  • Ponzi scheme propped up Montauk luxury: Feds Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | 2:38 PM ET
    Beach house as shown on Panoramic Views website

    When a luxury Montauk housing development started to lose money, two developers dumped millions of their clients' money into the property, prosecutors say.

  • Charged with fraud, ex-NBA player turns to defense Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 1:46 PM ET
    Tate George

    Former pro and UConn star Tate George is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam from 2005 to 2011 that targeted friends and pro athletes.

  • Busted! Inside one massive cybercrime ring Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 2:06 PM ET

    Over a three-year period this band of criminals were responsible for more than $5 million in credit card theft and alluded authorities for years.

  • Behind this pump-and-dump scheme was...a chimp? Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 1:32 PM ET
    "Actresses" and chimp.

    Christopher Rad was found guilty of running a global conspiracy to manipulate stocks, raking in millions of dollars for himself.

  • Hunting for the real Pink Panther diamond thieves Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 2:44 PM ET
    The Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, France, site of the recent jewelry theft.

    The Pink Panther gang is suspected of pulling off some of the most brazen diamond heists in history, with more than $100 million worth of jewels stolen in just the past month.

  • Busted: High-class hooker ring     Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 1:51 PM ET

    Investigators are digging to track all the money in the investigation into a New York couple accused of running an international prostitution and money-laundering operation. CNBC's Andrea Day offers insight.

  • Tracking the alleged 'marijuana mom'     Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 1:28 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea day has been tracking the story on the mom who was accused of running a massive pot growing operation. MedMen offers clients tips on growing marijuana plants. Its founder and CEO Adam Bierman, weighs in.

  • Prescription Payout Scheme     Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 1:41 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day reports on a "master at the art of deception" whose crime went on for more than 4 years and included billing Medicare more than $10 million for services not provided.

  • Crime & Punishment: $21 Million Fraud     Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 1:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Andrea Day reports on Rodney Watts and Courtney Dupree, who conned a bank out of millions of dollars. The pair orchestrated a scheme to defraud Amalgamated Bank and C3 Capital.

  • Aeropostale Executive Confronted     Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 1:27 PM ET

    The government has moved in on Aeropostale's chief marketing officer, who set up shell companies that took millions in kickbacks. CNBC's Andrea Day has the details.

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  • Patients at Pittsburgh VA Hospital in danger?     Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

    A rare disease at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital raises concerns about VA healthcare, and CNBC has obtained an exclusive report that shows patients may still be susceptible to Legionnaire's disease, without their knowledge. During the outbreak, officials were reaping big rewards and bonuses.

  • Madoff Trustee: Investigations Inc Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 4:29 PM ET
    Bernard Madoff

    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.

  • Selling the American Dream: Investigations Inc. Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 1:53 PM ET

    “Selling the American Dream” goes inside the world of multi-level marketing. Our 10 month investigation shows how quickly people can find themselves in financial ruin, when investments they are encouraged to make in MLM businesses turn into unmanageable debt.

  • 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.

  • Investigations Inc.: Filthy Rich Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 5:22 PM ET

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

About Investigations Inc

  • 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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    Andrea Day covers Crime & Punishment for CNBC. She and her team have reported nearly $1 billion in fraud this year.

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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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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.