Stop harassing debt collection calls
The Red Tape Chronicles

MSNBC | 3/27/09 - Harassing calls from debt collectors have become a way of life for many as the U.S. economy has faltered and unemployment soared. Debt collection is big business: About $40 billion each year is recovered from consumers by collectors, according to the International Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. With so much money at stake, aggressive tactics – and outright harassment - are common. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission received 78,000 complaints about debt collectors.

Debt: The next big American crisis?
Instead of accumulating wealth, many falling further behind on payments

DATELINE NBC | 3/27/09 - The economy is in freefall and no one's sure where rock bottom is. And as the mortgage crisis and mounting job losses melt away the American dream, another fundamental economic problem is being exposed: America's debt epidemic.

Caught on Tape: Bribes, Public Corruption
Release of Stimulus Money Expected to Spur 'Inevitable Increase' in Public Corruption

ABC NEWS | 3/26/09 - Corrupt cops. Corrupt judges. Corrupt school superintendents. From Tennessee to suburban Washington, D.C. to Arkansas, investigators have found officials on the take. But in some cases, the FBI's caught the misdeeds on secretly recorded surveillance tapes.

FBI Agents Stage Sting to Snare Corrupt Ill. Cops
FBI agents stage elaborate stings, including high-stakes poker, to snare corrupt Illinois cops

ASSOCIATED PRESS | 12/3/08 - Duffel bags stuffed with cocaine were delivered by plane to an out-of-the-way suburban airport while two sheriff's officers provided security. A police officer stood by to guard the cash and keep out the riffraff at a poker game where $100,000 changed hands. And a drug dealer was told squad cars marked "sheriff" and "sheriff's police" might be available on a "freelance" basis to provide protection for his deliveries.

Hundreds of Pa. Juvenile Convictions Reversed
Pa. court overturns hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by corrupt judge

ASSOCIATED PRESS | 3/26/09 - Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday overturned hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by a corrupt judge who took millions of dollars in kickbacks from youth detention centers.

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