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Even After Stealing From Public, Officials Keep Pensions

Even After Stealing From Public, Officials Keep Pensions

Rick Sorrells is a disgraced former school administrator, an admitted criminal, a soon-to-be resident of the federal prison system and, despite all of that, he is eligible to receive his full state pension. Read More

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May 16, 2019
Dissolution Committee Abolished, Chapter Closes on DCS

Dissolution Committee Abolished, Chapter Closes on DCS

Texas legislators passed SB2018 this week, the final chapter in shutting down Dallas County Schools. Read More

May 14, 2019
Robert Leonard Sentenced to Prison in DCS Bribery Scandal

Robert Leonard Sentenced to Prison in DCS Bribery Scandal

Robert Leonard, a central player in what federal prosecutors say may be "the largest domestic public corruption case in history," has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the Dallas County Schools school... Read More

Jun 28, 2019
Man Behind the Cameras To Be Sentenced in DCS Scandal

Man Behind the Cameras To Be Sentenced in DCS Scandal

As he awaits his sentencing, just the mention of Robert Leonard, a central player in a scandal that rocked Dallas City Hall and killed a once-reputable school agency, continues to stir the anger from the people hurt by corruption. Read More

Apr 5, 2019
Dwaine Caraway Blames Duncan in Sidebar Chat With NBC 5

Dwaine Caraway Blames Duncan in Sidebar Chat With NBC 5

After receiving more than 4 1/2 years in federal prison for public corruption, former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway pulled aside a member of NBC 5 Investigates Friday afternoon and placed much of the blame on someone else. Read More

Apr 5, 2019
Dwaine Caraway Sentenced to 4.6 Years Behind Bars, Fine

Dwaine Caraway Sentenced to 4.6 Years Behind Bars, Fine

The fall from power for Dwaine Caraway is complete after the former Dallas City Councilman and mayor pro tem was sentenced to 4.6 years behind bars Friday for his role in the $100 million criminal conspiracy that shut down... Read More

Apr 9, 2019
Former DCS Board President Larry Duncan Sentenced

Former DCS Board President Larry Duncan Sentenced

Larry Duncan, the former board president of Dallas County Schools, is sentenced to six months of home confinement and three years of probation after pleading guilty to tax evasion in the Dallas County Schools criminal conspiracy. Read More

Apr 4, 2019
Dwaine Caraway Sentencing Set for Friday

Dwaine Caraway Sentencing Set for Friday

Sentencing will begin Friday for former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway who has pleaded guilty in one of the most public corruption cases in Dallas history. Read More

Mar 22, 2019
Key Figure in DCS Corruption Case Returns to a Dallas Court

Key Figure in DCS Corruption Case Returns to a Dallas Court

The once-powerful businessman who helped steer a multi-million-dollar school bus scandal was back in a Dallas courtroom Friday, this time as a witness for his ex-wife. Read More

Feb 26, 2019
Dwaine Caraway to Face Sentencing in April

Dwaine Caraway to Face Sentencing in April

Former Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway will face sentencing in April. Caraway's attorney had asked a judge to push back the date, citing medical issues the attorney is dealing with and concerns that prosecutors will be... Read More

Top Investigations
  • Iowa Couple Arrested in Calif. for Smuggling, Allegedly Abusing Migrant Girl

    An Iowa woman and her husband were arrested in San Diego Wednesday on accusations they helped smuggle Guatemalan citizens into the U.S. and harbored them illegally inside their Sioux City, Iowa home. Federal court documents tell the story of an undocumented Guatemalan refugee girl who claims the suspects locked her in a room and sexually assaulted her. The alleged young victim told investigators the room was furnished with only a metal bed and a bucket for her waste. She claimed the suspect raped her repeatedly. The alleged assault happened just days after the girl and her father were released from an overcrowded ICE detention center in El Paso, Texas and flown to the defendants’ Iowa home.

  • FBI Investigating Alleged Secret Society of Deputies

    FBI agents are examining deputy cliques that exist within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, including the "Bandito" group at the East LA station, federal and local law enforcement sources confirmed Thursday. The scope of the investigation is not clear. It could be narrowly focused at East LA, or it could be looking at the broader issue of whether secret deputy groups like the Banditos are tied to systemic civil rights violations across the department. Another group that calls itself "the Reapers" recently was mentioned in an Inspector General's report on the rehiring scandal of former deputy Caren "Carl" Mandoyan, who claimed membership in the group as a way to amplify an alleged threat of violence.

  • Who Is Jeffrey Epstein? Maybe Richest Sex Offender in the US

    Jeffrey Epstein’s background, his past guilty plea, his connections to high-profile U.S. and foreign government leaders and his federal non-prosecution agreement have been continually reported on for nearly a decade. But who is this billionaire, who owns an island and is now facing a federal sex trafficking indictment in New York City? Here’s a primer on the man -- and how we got here.

  • Pastor Who Prayed With Migrants Labeled Surveillance Target

    A religious leader was listed in a secret surveillance database, along with journalists, attorneys, and other immigration advocates.

  • Widespread Voting Fraud Scheme Targets Los Angeles' Homeless

    An indictment unsealed in Los Angeles charged nine people accused of participating in voting fraud schemes — in which homeless people were allegedly offered cash or cigarettes in exchange for forged signatures on initiative petitions and voter registration forms. Seven of the accused pleaded not guilty early Friday. The two others have not yet appeared in court on the new case. Prosecutors have accused the group of 14 felonies for a variety of alleged acts during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, including charges of circulating an initiative with forged or fictitious names, signing fictitious names, registering fictitious persons, and making payment for signatures, according to the indictment. None of the defendants faces all of the charges.

  • Dispute Over Signed 'Hamilton' Poster Triggers Lawsuit

    A dispute over a signed poster from the cast of "Hamilton" has triggered a $1 million lawsuit against the Kennedy Center by one of its managers. The wildly popular musical performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C. from June to September 2018. In a civil suit filed Monday, Joseph Burgess, of Bethesda, Maryland, alleges he was unfairly treated by Kennedy Center officials for seeking and accepting one of the facility's "Hamilton" posters signed by the cast and crew.

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Awards

2017 Peabody Award
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

2017 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Television
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Television
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
News Series - Large Market Television
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Continuing Coverage - Large Market Television
"Fire in the Attic"

2015 The RTDNA Gannett Foundation
Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism
“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

2014 National Sigma Delta Chi Award - SPJ
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Station
“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

2013 National News and Documentary Emmy Award
Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting
"Driven to Distraction"

2012 National Sigma Delta Chi Award - SPJ
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Station
"Critical Delays: Dallas County's Response to the West Nile Epidemic"

See all awards won by NBC 5 Investigates here.

 

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