Archive for the ‘Scandal’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 15-21, 2014)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


Foster care agency directors charged with embezzlement; Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, shown in 2012, has charged husband-and-wife foster care executives with misuse of public funds.” By Garrett Therolf. Los Angeles Times. September 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 8-14, 2014)

Monday, September 15th, 2014


Fraud Arrests for Child-Care Centers; One Man Charged With Stealing Nearly $60,000 in Public Funds.” By Joe Jackson. Wall Street Journal. September 13, 2014.
Related story:
Charges Brought Against Four Day Care Operators.” By Benjamin Meullers. New York Times. September 13, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 1-7, 2014)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Portland CEO Clayborn Collins distorted academic, criminal histories as his nonprofit amassed public contracts worth $1.2 million; Clayborn Collins has misrepresented his academic background on grant applications, tax forms and on social media. He is the chief executive of the Portland nonprofit Emmanuel Community Services.” By Laura Gunderson. Oregonian. September 5, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 25-31, 2014)

Monday, September 1st, 2014


Former Hindu Temple of Georgia leader convicted of fraud.” By Steve Visser. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. August 26, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 11-17, 2014)

Monday, August 18th, 2014


Scammers use Boys & Girls Clubs in swindle bid.” By Kale Williams. San Francisco Chronicle. August 14, 2014.

Pro-Troop Charity Shoots Back; Move America Forward gives statements and interviews to other news outlets about ProPublica’s article.” By Liz Day. ProPublica, August 13, 2014.
Related story:
Move America Forward’s Ties to Political Consulting Firms, PACs.” Podcast. Aug. 15, 2014.

L.A. City Council adopts plan to end feud over two DWP nonprofits Union members and Department of Water and Power workers rally outside the utility agency headquarters in June. They called on the city to fulfill its agreement to pay into two nonprofits affiliated with the agency and co-managed by the union.” By Emily Alpert Reyes and Jack Dolan. Los Angeles Times. August 16, 2014.”>

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 4-10. 2014)

Monday, August 11th, 2014


Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets; Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.” By Kim Barker. ProPublica, August 5, 2014.
Related story:
Conservative group accused of US troop aid scam: Kim Barker, reporter for the New York Times, talks with Steve Kornacki about her report on Move America Forward, a charity she says lied about its supposed mission to help deployed U.S. troops, enriching its founders instead.” By Rachel Maddow. MSNBC. August 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 28-August 2, 2014)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


Pregnancy for Pay: A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache.” By Tamar Lewin. New York Times. July 28, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

Monday, July 28th, 2014


Rapfogel Is Sentenced for Stealing From His Charity.” By Russ Buettner. New York Times. July 24, 2014.
Related story:
Former Met Council CEO gets up to 10 years in prison; William Rapfogel pleaded guilty in April to grand larceny, money laundering and other charges for helping steal more than $9 million.” Crain’s New York Business/Associated Press. July 24, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 14-20, 2014)

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Judge signals he’ll side with Garcetti allies in DWP nonprofit fight.” By Jack Dolan. Los Angeles Times. July 18, 2014.
Related story:
DWP union trustees ordered to accept city appointees to nonprofit boards; Flags wave as hundreds of union workers protest outside DWP headquarters in downtown Los Angeles last month over the city’s threat to withhold money from two controversial DWP-affiliated nonprofits.” Los Angeles Times. July 19, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

Monday, July 14th, 2014


L.A. pushes back in fight over DWP nonprofits; L.A. Controller Ron Galperin says he can’t in “good conscience” write checks to the DWP nonprofits without an accounting of past spending.” By Jack Dolan. Los Angeles Times. July 10, 2014.