WRAL Investigates Crime & Punishment
WRAL Investigates Crime & Punishment
Six months after the WRAL Investigates team reported on a statewide tax fraud scheme involving suspected illegal immigrants, undercover video shot in April shows a Cary tax preparer agreeing to help a mother claim a tax credit for her children living in Mexico.
The parents of an infant who died after suffocating at a Fort Bragg day care in March 2012 said Monday they are "heartbroken and disappointed" that the U.S. Attorney's Office has decided not to file criminal charges against the day care worker who was supposed to be supervising their son.
Public records show a Halifax County man profited from multiple deaths and suspicious fires across several North Carolina counties in the past eight years. The victims' families say his connection to those events is no coincidence.
A Lexington-based company is accused of swindling hundreds of thousands of people out of money through its online auction website. The government called it a Ponzi scheme and shut it down, yet no one has been charged.
Federal investigators uncovered more than 1,000 tax returns linked to eight addresses in North Carolina last May, with refunds worth more than $5 million. Investigators say it's part of a tax fraud scheme among suspected illegal immigrants that the Internal Revenue Service was warned about more than a decade ago but has done little to fix.
When sex offenders are released from prison in North Carolina, they have three business days to let the local sheriff's office know where they are living. However, sex offenders on probation have even less time and must make housing plans before leaving prison.
Trauma surgeon Dr. A. Britton Christmas was working early one chilly morning when a drunken mo-ped driver came into the emergency room after a crash. Why was the man driving a mo-ped at 3 a.m. in cold weather, the doctor asked? His license had been revoked. As the doctor soon discovered, this man wasn't the only drunken driver taking to two wheels, unlicensed.
An Alamance County woman surrendered to authorities after seeing herself on a WRAL Investigates story about wanted probation violators on Facebook.
Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians are wanted for violating their probation. Many of them are on the run, but some don't appear to be hiding. WRAL Investigates found dozens of them on Facebook and other social media sites, living their lives out in the open.
A Raleigh man is the subject of a federal investigation after police say he tried to smuggle a box full of endangered, protected turtles from a North Carolina wildlife refuge.
Ricky Anderson, deputy director of prisons, says the state's 70 prisons do not allow computer or Internet access inside prison facilities, but inmates have found a way to go online using smart phones that are smuggled inside.
Complicated billing codes can make Medicare fraud easy to disguise, and as one Medicare recipient told WRAL Investigates, it’s important to ask questions about your statements.
A former employee of the Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department was arrested Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of nearly $400,000 from the department, authorities said.
The State Personnel Commission held a hearing Thursday to decide whether a fired Cherry Hospital worker should get his job back following an altercation with a patient last March.
A board member for a Dunn-based bank has resigned his position after getting caught up in a Ponzi scheme run by a fellow board member, according to the bank.
Essie Freeman, 78, has a personal interest in North Carolina's zero-tolerance policy on abuse in psychiatric hospitals.
A court set up in Johnston County to handle only DWI cases has racked up a conviction rate of nearly 90 percent in the last year, District Attorney Susan Doyle said Tuesday.
Claims against the estate of a Harnett County businessman that some people claim ran a $40 million Ponzi scheme continue to pour in.
The apparent double life of a successful Harnett County businessman that was uncovered by WRAL Investigates has left friends and acquaintances shocked and searching for answers.
Banks and individuals could have lost as much as $32 million in dealings with a Harnett County businessman who recently committed suicide, WRAL Investigates has found.
A Kenly man charged in the June deaths of two pedestrians in Wilson has been indicted on murder charges.
Nine people have been sentenced on federal charges that they smuggled cigarettes from North Carolina throughout the northeast U.S. in effort to evade state taxes.
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday fined a bogus locksmith operation more than $1.2 million and issued a permanent injunction to bar the operation from working in North Carolina.
Johnston County authorities are crediting a statewide arrest warrant database for helping them take a dangerous driver off the road.
Police on Thursday arrested two men on charges that they were performing locksmith services without a license, including one man who was the subject of a WRAL News hidden-camera investigation.
A Senate committee on Wednesday debated whether North Carolina should begin requiring tax stamps on packs of cigarettes to prevent smuggling.
Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say they have not even "scratched the surface" when it comes to cigarette smuggling in North Carolina.
North Carolina drug investigators now list the illegal use of prescription drugs as one of the most common problems in the state.
A WRAL Investigation found that seven of the 10 most violent public schools in Wake County are middle schools, and many of those troubled teens may not get the help they need because of budget cuts.
For 10 years, Gerald Hege was arguably one of the most well-known sheriffs in the country. In 2004, Hege pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice. The plea deal kept him out of jail, but cost him his job.
Vehicle owners in North Carolina are required to renew their registrations each year, but the law is routinely flouted, and Wake County's top prosecutor says having an expired tag should not be a criminal offense.
A Raleigh man who federal investigators say was at the center of an operation that pocketed more than $12 million from false Medicare claims was sentenced Monday to 7½ years in prison.