Work

I've been working for newspapers since 2006. Here's my recent work, as well as some of the older articles about which I'm most proud.

  • Russian Twitter Support for Trump Began Right After Campaign Start The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    Russian Twitter accounts began heaping praise on Donald Trump and ripping his rivals earlier than previously thought--within weeks after he announced his bid for the presidency in June 2015.

  • Flynn Promoted Nuclear-Plant Project While in White House The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    As President Trump's national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn promoted a controversial private-sector nuclear-power project in the Middle East that had once involved Russian companies, according to former security-council staffers and others familiar with the effort.

  • How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    Political consultant Aaron Nevins received documents from hacker 'Guccifer 2.0' and posted some on his blog.

  • Russian State-Run Bank Financed Deal Involving Trump Hotel Partner The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    VEB, a Russian state-run bank under scrutiny by U.S. investigators, financed a deal involving Donald Trump's onetime partner in a Toronto hotel tower at a key moment for the project, according to people familiar with the transaction.

  • U.S. Indicts Alleged Terror Financier With Ties to American Food Producer The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror [PDF version]

    Federal authorities indicted Kassim Tajideen, an alleged terror financier whose family businesses engaged in commodity deals for years with an iconic American food producer.

  • Mike Flynn Didn't Report 2014 Interaction With Russian-British National The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    Former national security adviser Mike Flynn interacted with a graduate student with dual Russian and British nationalities at a 2014 U.K. security conference, a contact that came to the notice of U.S. intelligence but that Mr. Flynn, then the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, didn't disclose.

  • Investigators Probed Jeff Sessions' Contacts With Russian Officials The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    U.S. investigators have examined contacts Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he was advising Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • The Travels of Mrs. Murray's Toyota Unveil Terror-Finance Network The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror [PDF version]

    Annie Murray's 2009 Land Cruiser followed the same overseas car caravan that U.S. officials alleged raised millions of dollars for Hezbollah--a trade route they thought they had cleaned up five years ago.

  • Terror Finance Abroad Touches Thanksgiving at Home The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror [PDF version]

    U.S. companies are barred from doing business with people and entities named on the government's designated-terrorist list. The firm that touts the Butterball turkey is being investigated over such alleged ties.

  • Blacklisted Terrorism Financiers Still Active on Social Media The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror

    Some terrorist financiers blacklisted by the U.S. government continue to raise money and attract followers on U.S.-based social media, a new report says.

  • The Unintended Consequence of Closing High-Risk Accounts The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror [PDF version]

    The Government Accountability Office has launched an inquiry into the effects of banks' increasing efforts to close high-risk accounts, including those held by money-transfer firms and humanitarian organizations.

  • Cautious Banks Hinder Charity Financing The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror [PDF version]

    Account shutdowns and holdups of money transfers hinder ability to deliver aid to refugees.

  • Losing Count: U.S. Terror Rules Drive Money Underground The Wall Street Journal: Accounting for Terror [PDF version]

    Banks close the accounts of customers they fear may be up to no good, evicting from the financial system those the government most wants to watch.

  • Brother's Donors Embrace Jeb Bush's Candidacy The Wall Street Journal: Campaign 2016

    Republican Jeb Bush rounded up donations in the first 15 days of his presidential campaign from at least 136 top-tier donors to his brother, former President George W. Bush.

  • Small Group of Doctors Are Biggest Medicare Billers The Wall Street Journal: Medicare

    The top 1% of billers of the federal program in 2013 reaped 17.5% of all payments to individual providers that year. That same cluster of doctors and other individual providers received 16.6% of the program's payments in 2012.

  • New Computer Bug Exposes Broad Security Flaws The Wall Street Journal

    The newly discovered weakness could allow an attacker to read or alter communications that claim to be secure. It was disclosed Tuesday by an international team of computer scientists that has found several problems in technology behind prominent security tools, including the green padlock on secure websites.

  • Generic Vicodin Tops Medicare List The Wall Street Journal: Medicare

    Powerful painkiller hydrocodone acetaminophen was the most widely prescribed drug under Medicare Part D in 2013, often by primary-care doctors.

  • Small Number of Drugs Drives Big Medicare Bill The Wall Street Journal: Medicare

    Drugs for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis account for more than a quarter of spending on prescriptions for America's elderly and disabled, data show.

  • Watchdog's Hunt Is Short on 'Wolves' The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    Christopher Veale started his career as a stockbroker at the notorious boiler room Stratton Oakmont Inc. depicted in the film "The Wolf of Wall Street." In the 20 years since then, he has worked for 18 firms and racked up 25 red flags on his disciplinary record.

  • Wall Street's Watchdog Doesn't Disclose All Regulatory Red Flags The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers [PDF version]

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority doesn't make public all regulatory red flags it has about brokers, prompting calls for more expansive disclosure.

  • How to Check on Your Broker The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    Frank Staltaro, a kitchen-cabinet maker, preaches the importance of researching stockbrokers before investing, rather than after a problem arises. He learned the hard way.

  • Push for Greater Transparency on Police Killings Gathers Pace The Wall Street Journal: Police

    Efforts to provide a clearer national picture on the number of people killed by police gathered momentum this week, as lawmakers cleared legislation that would give states and federal law-enforcement agencies strong incentives to report deaths in custody and during arrests.

  • Senate Clears Law-Enforcement Death-Reporting Legislation The Wall Street Journal: Police

    The Senate cleared and sent to President Barack Obama legislation that would provide strong incentives for states and federal law-enforcement agencies to report deaths in custody and during arrests. The House passed the legislation a year ago.

  • A Plan For Tracking Police Killings The Wall Street Journal: Police

    How many people are killed by police each year? One academic and former police officer says he has an answer: Ask them to tell us.

  • Many Police Killings Uncounted in U.S. Stats The Wall Street Journal: Police [PDF version]

    A Wall Street Journal analysis of data from 105 of the largest police agencies in the country found more than 550 police killings between 2007 and 2012 were missing from the FBI's records or, in a few dozen cases, not attributed to the agency whose officers were involved. The result: It is nearly impossible to determine how many people are killed by police each year.

  • Graphic: Justifiable Homicides by U.S. Law Enforcement The Wall Street Journal: Police

    Data from 105 of the nation's largest police agencies showing the number of justifiable homicides by officers each year.

  • States Move to Share Data on Problem Brokers The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    State securities regulators are drawing up plans to allow information on problem stockbroker firms to be shared more effectively among them.

  • How Troubled Brokers Cluster, Often Among Elderly Investors The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers [PDF version]

    Stockbrokers who've been in trouble with regulators tend to cluster in certain places in the country where the affluent and elderly are easily accessible and where regulatory punishment is lax, a Wall Street Journal data analysis shows. The Journal found these hotspots in south Florida and Long Island, long known as havens for troubled brokers, but also in places around Detroit, Las Vegas and parts of California. The Journal's analysis showed a total of 16 such hot spots.

  • Graphic: Where Troubled Stockbrokers Are The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    Detailed maps and reports about the 16 stockbroker "hot spots" identified by The Journal.

  • How the Journal Found Troubled-Broker Hot Spots The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    Journal reporters pieced together stockbroker records from 27 states detailing the disciplinary and employment histories of about 550,000, or 87%, of the country's stockbrokers, over their careers. Many brokers were registered in multiple states. New York's Office of the Attorney General didn't provide 2014 data on customer complaints against brokers, so the analysis used the state's complaints data from 2013. The other data in the analysis were compiled in the 2014 first half.

  • Regulatory Breakdowns in Oversight of U.S. Stockbrokers 2014 C+J Symposium: Stockbrokers

    Over the past two years, The Wall Street Journal has worked to obtain, organize and analyze data about the employment and disciplinary histories of the more than 630,000 stockbrokers in America. This paper details how that process was performed, as well as some of the reporters' findings.

  • How We Did It: Investigating Whether There's a DH Advantage in Baseball The Wall Street Journal: The DH Effect

    How we built the models that showed the designated hitter likely boosts the American League's fortunes in interleague play.

  • Why the AL Batters the NL at Home: The DH The Wall Street Journal: The DH Effect

    Over more than 15 years of interleague baseball, the American League has had a bigger home-field advantage than the National League. A key reason may be the designated hitter.

  • Taxpayers Face Big Tab for Unusual Doctor Billings The Wall Street Journal: Medicare

    More than 2,300 providers earned $500,000 or more from Medicare in 2012 from a single procedure or service, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

  • Gold Bug Looks to Share the Buzz The Wall Street Journal

    One of the biggest believers in gold is prospecting for outside investors after seeing the value of his personal holdings slashed in the metal's steep fall.

  • Data analysis reveals brokers with disciplinary problems still selling securities IRE Uplink: Stockbrokers

    How we collected and analyzed the data behind our recent coverage of troubled stockbrokers.

  • Flurry of Allergan Trading Preceded Offer The Wall Street Journal: Activists

    Investors made outsize bets on Allergan Inc. stock in the 10 days during which activist hedge-fund manager William Ackman was privately accumulating a stake in the Botox maker, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

  • Stockbroker Records to Receive More Scrutiny The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    Securities regulators are expected to unveil plans to step up checks on stockbrokers' records, including requiring brokerage firms for the first time to do formal background checks on new employees.

  • Stockbrokers Who Fail Test Have Checkered Records The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers [PDF version]

    More than 51,500 stockbrokers failed a basic exam needed to sell securities at least once and those who repeatedly failed have on average worse disciplinary records.

  • Medicare Payment Data Throw Spotlight on Potential Abuses The Wall Street Journal: Medicare

    Some doctors who received large sums from Medicare in 2012 have had run-ins with the law, signaling how the government's unprecedented move to make such payments public could throw up red flags for potential abuse.

  • Activist Investors Often Leak Their Plans to a Favored Few The Wall Street Journal: Activists [PDF version]

    For a new breed of "activist" investors, tipping other investors is part of the playbook.

  • Regulator Deletes Red Flags From Brokers' Records, Says Study The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    A major Wall Street regulator "routinely deletes" red flags on stockbrokers, said a study released Thursday. The study follows a Wall Street Journal analysis that found more than 1,600 stockbrokers have bankruptcies or criminal charges in their past that weren't reported to regulators.

  • Stockbrokers Fail to Disclose Red Flags The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers [PDF version]

    More than 1,600 stockbrokers have bankruptcies or criminal charges in their past that weren't reported to regulators, leaving investors in the dark, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.

  • Foreign Airline Crews Had Difficulties With San Francisco Landings The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    Foreign airline crews saw problematic approaches to San Francisco's airport more frequently than U.S. crews when part of an automated landing system was out of service.

  • Finra Is Cracking Down on 'High-Risk' Brokers The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is highlighting a fast-track program it began earlier this year to go after what it calls "high-risk brokers."

  • From Casual Conversation to Massive Investigation The Reynolds Center: Executive Trading

    The Wall Street Journal series on executive trading began with a casual conversation between one of the reporters and a long-time source.

  • Executives Hit Sweet Spot on Stock Sales The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading [PDF version]

    When corporate executives give favorable stock guidance, sell their own shares, then disclose bad news, investors sometimes grow suspicious.

  • Stockbroker Requests to Scrub Complaints Are Often Granted The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    Study Shows Brokers' Requests to Strike Complaints Granted in Vast Majority of Cases

  • Finra to Consider Requiring Brokerages to Carry Arbitration Insurance The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said it will consider requiring brokerage firms to carry insurance to cover the payment of arbitration awards to investors.

  • More Than 5,000 Stockbrokers From Expelled Firms Still Selling Securities The Wall Street Journal: Stockbrokers [PDF version]

    More than 5,000 brokers were still licensed to sell securities earlier this year after working for one or more firms that regulators expelled between 2005 and 2012, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal.

  • 'Fee-Only' Financial Advisers Who Don't Charge Fees Alone The Wall Street Journal

    Up to 11% of certified financial planners who work at big firms call themselves 'fee only' when, by definition, they can't be.

  • Rising Markets Batter Short Sellers The Wall Street Journal

    Short sellers are facing their worst losses in at least a decade, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found.

  • Firms Set Curbs on Trading The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    U.S. companies are beginning to change the way they police trades by executives and other insiders in their company stock.

  • Corporate Insiders Shift From 'Buy' to 'Sell' as Bankruptcy Nears The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading [PDF version]

    A Wall Street Journal review of thousands of trades by insiders in their own company's stock found the trades veering heavily toward selling rather than buying as bankruptcy filings drew nearer.

  • Freaky Fridays for Options Buyers The Wall Street Journal

    Stock "pinning" is the tendency of stocks to close precisely at their nearest option strike price and is a regular feature of expiration Fridays. A Wall Street Journal examination of trading behavior from the start of 2007 through April 2013, using a list of all U.S. stocks with options from DeltaNeutral.com, gives a sense of the phenomenon's prevalence.

  • Data Shine Light on Hospital Bills The Wall Street Journal

    The release of government data showing wide variation in hospital pricing removes a layer of secrecy but probably won't make medical charges more uniform, experts said Wednesday.

  • Insider-Trading Probe Trains Lens on Boards The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    Prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into whether corporate directors misused government-sanctioned trading plans to sell company shares for investment funds they run.

  • Directors Take Shelter in Trading Plans The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading [PDF version]

    Corporate board members are increasingly using a type of opaque trading plan that was originally intended primarily for executives.

  • Making Sense of College Aid The Wall Street Journal: The Cost of College

    Many schools' financial-aid letters are devilishly difficult to figure out. Here's what you need to know.

  • As Asbestos Claims Rise, So Do Worries About Fraud The Wall Street Journal: The Long Trial [PDF version]

    A WSJ investigation into asbestos trust claims and court cases of roughly 850,000 people filed since the late 1980s found many apparent anomalies.

  • A Degree Drawn in Red Ink The Wall Street Journal: The Cost of College

    Most people assume a degree in the arts is no guarantee of riches. Now there is evidence that such graduates also rack up the most student-loan debt.

  • Trading Focus is Pushed The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    Regulators will step up their focus on trading by corporate executives this year, according to a large international law firm that is pressing corporate boards to increase oversight of executive-trading plans.

  • Executive Sales Beat News That Hit Stock The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    A medical-supplies company made a $43 million repurchase of its own shares last year, buoying the stock before bad news hit, even as four top managers were selling company shares.

  • Trading Plans Under Fire The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    The SEC is facing mounting pressure to tighten its rules, following a Wall Street Journal investigation that found profitable and well-timed trades by more than 1,400 executives.

  • Big Sales by Big Lots Brass The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    Ten Big Lots Inc. executives sold a total of more than $23 million in the discount retailer's stock in March before the company announced news that sank its stock, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

  • Insider-Trading Probe Widens The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    Federal prosecutors and securities regulators are taking a deeper look into how executives use prearranged trading plans to buy and sell shares of their company stock.

  • Investors Call for More Disclosure of Executive Trades The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading

    Some investors are calling for better disclosure of stock transactions by corporate executives amid concern that some may be trading based on private information about their companies.

  • Executives' Good Luck in Trading Own Stock The Wall Street Journal: Executive Trading [PDF version]

    An investigation of insider trading by corporate executives found many make profitable trades prior to news announcements.

  • Sandy Stirs Toxic-Site Worry The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Sandy

    Nearly a quarter of New York and New Jersey's Superfund sites are vulnerable to storm surge flooding.

  • Many Affected by Sandy Lacked Flood Coverage The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Sandy

    Only a fraction of homeowners in some parts of the Northeast who incurred property damage from Sandy have insurance that covers losses from floods, a Wall Street Journal analysis finds.

  • Libor Furor: Key Rate Gets New Scrutiny The Wall Street Journal: Dark Markets

    An analysis by The Wall Street Journal shows that banks' submissions used to calculate the London interbank offered rate often are slow to change and sometimes fail to track the market's view of the credit risk posed by each firm.

  • College Debt Hits Well-Off The Wall Street Journal: The Cost of College

    Rising college costs and a sagging economy are taking the biggest toll on a surprising group: upper-middle-income families.

  • New Ripples for Gupta Case The Wall Street Journal: Dark Markets

    The Galleon Group hedge fund wasn't alone in piling into Goldman Sachs Group Inc. stock hours before the bank announced a $5 billion investment from Warren Buffett's firm at the height of the financial crisis, trading records show.

  • Hide-and-Seek With Campaign Cash The Wall Street Journal

    Presidential candidates and super PACs have paid more than $50 million for various services to obscure corporate entities set up in the past year, many of which use postal-box addresses and file little or no information about their ownership.

  • For Government's Latest Figure, Check Back Next Week The Wall Street Journal

    The Labor Department has revised upward its first estimate of seasonally adjusted claims the following week in 57 of the past 58 reports, a Dow Jones analysis found

  • More Killings Called Self-Defense The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    At a time when the overall U.S. homicide rate is declining, more civilians are killing each other and claiming self-defense--a trend that is most pronounced in states with new "stand your ground" laws.

  • Why Recent Job Gains May Stick This Time The Wall Street Journal

    The U.S. job market's recent improvement has some economists wondering if 2012 will break from last year's pattern of strong job growth in the winter followed by a slowing in the spring and summer.

  • Cost of $10 Billion Stimulus Easier to Tally Than New Jobs The Wall Street Journal

  • Share of Workers in Scientific Fields Shrinks The Wall Street Journal

    The share of American workers in the science and engineering professions fell slightly in the past decade, ending what had been a steady upward trend in the proportion of workers in fields associated with technological innovation and economic growth.

  • Russia's Dubious Vote The Wall Street Journal [PDF version]

    Results from Russia's parliamentary vote earlier this month are studded with red flags that suggest broad electoral fraud, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

  • Ax Falls at Smaller Banks The Wall Street Journal

    Smaller U.S. banks and savings institutions are cutting jobs in a sign of a deepening financial-industry retrenchment that is shaking firms from Main Street to Wall Street.

  • U.S. Firm Acknowledges Syria Uses Its Gear to Block Web The Wall Street Journal

    A U.S. company that makes Internet-blocking gear acknowledges that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor Web activity there--an admission that comes as the Syrian government cracks down on its citizens and silences their online activities.

  • Long Jail Terms on Rise The Wall Street Journal

    When disgraced hedge-fund titan Raj Rajaratnam is sentenced in federal court Thursday, he will come up against a hard and unavoidable truth: Inside traders are facing considerably harsher sentences than they did in the past.

  • Select Cities See Brain Gain The Wall Street Journal

    Despite a decade of technological advances that make it possible to work almost anywhere, many of the nation's most educated people continue to cluster in a handful of dominant metropolitan areas such as Boston, New York and California's Silicon Valley, according to census data released Thursday.

  • Lawmakers pushed to slash state oversight of Assisted Living Facilities The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    While vulnerable residents were dying of abuse and neglect in ALFs, Florida lawmakers waged a campaign to slash state oversight of the state's troubled homes.

  • At homes for the mentally ill, a sweeping breakdown in care The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    For the residents of Hillandale, punishment was swift and painful: violent takedowns, powerful tranquilizers that made them stumble and drool, and staffers who would scream and tackle them when they misbehaved.

  • Violence becomes a way of life -- and an exercise in survival The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    Round-the-clock emergencies at a Broward assisted-living facility have prompted more than 1,200 calls to 911 in the past five years.

  • Despite a litany of problems, troubled homes remain open The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    State advocates have warned regulators about concerns over 'serious abuse' of residents at Hillandale and Mapleway ALFs.

  • Rosalie Manor's new owner works to tame 'uncontrolled chaos' The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    With a new name and a new outlook, Doug Coffey is working to turn around the former Rosalie Manor - calling his mission 'the hardest thing I've ever done.'

  • Assisted-living facility caretakers unpunished: 'There's a lack of justice' The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    Sweeping failures in state oversight of Florida's ALFs leave thousands of elderly and mentally ill residents to languish in dangerous and decrepit conditions.

  • Key medical logs doctored, missing The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    The Miami Herald found at least three cases in which death certificates signed by doctors working with ALFs were directly contradicted during state investigations.

  • Beloved 'abuela' tied up, and later died The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    The owner of a Kendall facility said Gladys Horta's bruises were caused by a fall. A surgeon said her legs had been restrained -- causing the blood clot that killed her.

  • Frustrated deputies find a way to shut down home The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    Plagued by constant emergencies at a Pinellas County home, deputies took matters into their own hands -- arresting the owner under Florida's elder-abuse law.

  • Case closed in woman's death, but records tell another story The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    Caretakers failed to give Magdalena Marrone life-saving medication. But no one was ever held accountable in her death.

  • Once pride of Florida; now scenes of neglect The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    A Miami Herald investigation of Florida's assisted-living facilities found that safeguards once hailed as the nation's best have been ignored in a spate of tragedies never before revealed to the public.

  • A history of violence ends in fiery rampage The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    Committed to a psychiatric ward for threatening a resident, a felon was allowed back to his care center -- with tragic results.

  • Wandering resident meets a grisly end The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    In the throes of dementia, Walter Sowman Cox had wandered from his ALF at least 3 times. The last time, he didn't come back.

  • Toxic sore fatally undetected The Miami Herald: Neglected to Death

    Already heartbroken by his wife's deterioration through Alzheimer's, Theodore Archer then watched her die needlessly from an ignored poisonous sore.

  • Thousands of unidentified corpses in Haiti may be laid to rest in mass graves The Miami Herald

    Just before dawn, the bodies began arriving -- wrapped in sheets of plastic -- and pulled off pickups and makeshift stretchers at a morgue that was already overflowing before disaster struck Tuesday evening. Within hours, the corpses were strewn across the gray brick courtyard outside the drab one-story building that houses the city's dead.

  • Feds probe financier Allen Stanford's links to lawmakers The Miami Herald: Keys to the Kingdom

    Just hours after federal agents charged banker Allen Stanford with fleecing investors of $7 billion, the disgraced financier received a message from one of Congress' most powerful members, Pete Sessions. "I love you and believe in you," said the e-mail sent on Feb. 17. "If you want my ear/voice -- e-mail," it said, signed "Pete."

  • As feds closed in, Allen Stanford scrambled to keep fraud secret, money flowing The Miami Herald: Keys to the Kingdom

    With federal agents mounting a probe into his offshore bank, billionaire Allen Stanford drove up a dirt road, hauling records from his headquarters to the top of a lush, tropical mountain. As the sun set over the island, the banker stuffed the papers into a steel drum, poured gasoline over the top and sparked a fire -- the flames rising into the sky.

  • Allen Stanford Ponzi case puts lawyers in spotlight The Miami Herald: Keys to the Kingdom

    With Allen Stanford accused of a massive fraud, the actions of a Miami law firm are coming under review by a receiver representing victims, raising the question: Did their legal advice aid his empire?

  • Florida regulators turned blind eye to financier's schemes The Miami Herald: Keys to the Kingdom

    Desperate to prop up Allen Stanford's financial empire, his Miami brokers jetted to South America with a sales pitch they said would deliver gold to investors: Invest in the Miami bank and reap spectacular returns. There was just one catch: Allen Stanford didn't have a bank in Miami.

  • Florida regulators never acted on troubling findings regarding banker Allen Stanford The Miami Herald: Keys to the Kingdom

    Stanford's offices were allowed to continue selling investments, destroying records and sending money overseas on private jets in what prosecutors are now calling an enormous Ponzi scheme.

  • Florida aided Allen Stanford, suspect in huge swindle The Miami Herald: Keys to the Kingdom

    Florida regulators -- over objections by the state's top banking lawyer -- gave sweeping powers to banker Allen Stanford, accused of swindling investors of $7 billion.

  • State let crooked brokers keep working The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    State regulators caught mortgage professionals breaking the law but allowed them to stay in the business with few consequences, The Miami Herald found.

  • Loan legacy: vacancy, vandalism, foreclosure The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    Hundreds of Miami- Dade homes financed by a now imprisoned lender have gone into the foreclosure process, and many are blighted.

  • Bad brokers ran wild, state admits The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    In a stinging critique of the state's oversight of the mortgage industry, top Florida investigators found that state regulators failed to alert police agencies to crooked mortgage brokerages, ignored citizen complaints and allowed hundreds of people with criminal histories to peddle loans.

  • Thousands with criminal records work unlicensed as loan originators The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    More than half the mortgage professionals registered in Florida -- 120,563 -- entered the industry this decade without being licensed by the state, The Miami Herald found.

  • States act to license loan originators The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    Prompted by a rising number of predatory lending cases, Illinois legislators passed a sweeping law in 2003 requiring that loan originators get licensed. For the first time, the law imposed criminal background checks and exams. The result: The agency had 25,000 applicants, with about 15,000 approved.

  • Ex-convicts active in mortgage fraud The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    During Florida's housing boom, state regulators allowed thousands of mortgage professionals with criminal records into the industry -- costing consumers millions.

  • For license renewals in Florida, no criminal background checks The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    The state relies on mortgage brokers to report new crimes they commit. The result: Hundreds retained their licenses after violations.

  • About the Herald Investigation The Miami Herald: Borrowers Betrayed

    The Miami Herald spent eight months examining the Office of Financial Regulation, the state agency responsible for regulating the mortgage industry in Florida.