Doctors in Southern California implanted counterfeit screws and rods into the backs of thousands of injured workers, with some physicians accepting kickbacks, according to lawsuits filed throughout the state.
The plea is the most significant so far in the U.S. Department of Justice prosecution of Long Beach-based Atlantic Recovery Services, one of the biggest Drug Medi-Cal counseling clinics in Los Angeles County.
The Center for Investigative Reporting began its probe by studying official findings from accidents and annual reports the Coast Guard issues on its safety and fatality trends. But instead of relying on the graphs and charts that officials elected to include in those reports, CIR sought the raw data behind them.
Between 2000 and 2013, the Coast Guard witnessed dramatic spikes in accidents causing death, injury and equipment damage. Data reveal lapses in judgment and missed opportunities to strengthen safety standards and protect crew members and civilians.
Substandard for-profit schools in California get millions in GI Bill funds, with the most going to the University of Phoenix, San Diego. But some veterans say they are left with worthless degrees and few job prospects.
The Center for Investigative Reporting today received four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter for public service, data visualization, investigative reporting and video journalism.