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Profiting from Prisons

  • Profiting from prisons

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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  • Online dating

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Subhash Kapoor

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

  • 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

    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.

  • Arthur Jones went missing from his home in Chicago, IL back in 1979, but was found alive in Las Vegas, NV in 2011.
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    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.

  • Are these bags real or fake?

    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.

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    By: Jeff Pohlman and Andrea Day

    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.

  • By: Jeff Pohlman and Andrea Day

    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.

  • "Actresses" and chimp.
    By: Andrea Day, Jeff Pohlman

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

  • The Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, France, site of the recent jewelry theft.
    By: Jeff Pohlman and Andrea Day

    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: A high class hooker ring

    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'

    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.

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.

  • A Rare Look Inside the SEC

    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.

  • SEC: Finding Where the Bodies are Buried

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • NY Con Man Ripping Off the Rich

    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."

  • How to Spot a Fake

    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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