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Missing Criminals, Miami Mortgage Fraud and the Military's $7.6M Powder

POSTED: 01:29 PM ET, 12/12/2008 by Derek Kravitz

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports and selected their most interesting finds for this week. Drumrolls, please:

Earmarks Force Military To Buy Inferior Protection Against Chemical Weapons » Congressional leaders have pushed through $7.6 million worth of earmarks to buy a powder that's supposed to save the lives of soldiers exposed to chemical weapons. The problem is that scientists have discovered a better decontamination agent, a lotion, while the military has been forced to buy the inferior product for the past two years. — The Seattle Times

Cohort in Massive Fraud Case Still Selling Mortgages » When Orson Benn, a vice president at one of the nation's largest subprime mortgage lenders, needed help getting loans approved during the housing boom in Florida, he called Yvette Valdes. Benn and several associates have since been convicted of racketeering, while Valdes still sells mortgages from a nondescript storefront. — Miami Herald

Analysis: Nearly 14,000 Criminals Missing in North Carolina » Since the start of 2000, 580 criminals have committed killings in North Carolina while on probation. Meanwhile, probation officials stretched thin by vacancies and a "sloppy bureaucracy" can't find nearly 14,000 others, according to data obtained from the North Carolina prison and court systems. Despite pleas for help, little action has been taken, according to the three-part series, "Losing Track." — Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer


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