Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

Millions of Americans have waited more than 4 weeks to get their first unemployment check. State offices, overwhelmed with claims, calls and emails have lagged in processing claims.

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Two different models for accountability in police departments

RDAG Trust files suit, claims AimBank helped facilitate check kiting scheme

  Bankruptcy Judge approves settlement between General Motors and Reagor Dykes Auto Group

NAAG doctors say county officials use the Medical Examiner’s Office as ‘political punching bag’

  Lubbock Medical Examiner resigns, Commissioners appoint new acting Chief M.E.

Claims in most recent Liquidation Plan provide new hope of compensation for victims of Reagor-Dykes fraud

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  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Cutting through the clutter of mandatory mask orders

  The Silent Pandemic: Child abuse trends during quarantine

Documents reveal former RDAG CFO took $527,000 in inflated commissions

  Complaint claims Ford knew of RDAG fraud, owes more than $315 million

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Lubbock airport receives $9.5 million in CARES funding

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

End may be in sight with proposed liquidation plan for RDAG bankruptcy

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Proposed settlement would release Rick Dykes in RDAG bankruptcy case

A motion for a proposed settlement submitted Thursday afternoon by Reagor-Dykes Motors, Rick Dykes and supported by the Texas Attorney General, would release Rick Dykes from all financial claims and/or causes of action in the Reagor-Dykes bankruptcy case.

  Another RDAG employee pleads guilty in auto giant criminal case

Thirteen former Reagor-Dykes Auto Group employees have pleaded guilty in federal court in connection to the auto giant criminal case.

Bankruptcy judge approves Vista Bank’s $7.5M settlement with RDAG estate

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Robert L. Jones approved the $7.5 million settlement between Vista Bank and the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group bankruptcy estate in a hearing on Feb. 26, 2020.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

RDAG Complaint: Smith told FirstCapital exactly what he was doing

In court documents filed Wednesday morning by a court appointed Special Litigation Counsel attorney for Reagor-Dykes estates, they claim FirstCapital “knowingly and intentionally participated in Shane Smith’s fraudulent schemes to defraud [Reagor-Dykes Auto Group] and their creditors.”

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

Wednesday RDAG bankruptcy hearing continued until March

The court hearing that could have decided whether the Reagor Dykes estates stay in reorganization or are liquidated under Chapter 7 has been continued until March 24, 2020.

Vista Bank agrees to pay $7.5M, drops all claims and demands in RDAG case

Vista Bank has agreed to settle with RDAG and pay $7.5 million to the RDAG bankruptcy estate.

Attorney General weighs in on Reagor Dykes case

On the eve of a court hearing that may decide whether the Reagor Dykes estates stay in reorganization or are liquidated, new filings in the RDAG bankruptcy case by the Texas Attorney General reveal that Reagor Dykes has “resolved approximately 90 percent of the initial consumer issues.”

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

FirstCapital asks judge to end RDAG reorganization plans, forcing liquidation

FirstCapital Bank of Texas asked a judge to end Reagor-Dykes reorganization plans on Wednesday, a move that would effectively force the dealership into liquidation.

  ‘Vista Bank aided and abetted’ RDAG CFO’s fraud

Vista knew the nature and the extent of Shane’s fraudulent schemes. Far from stopping them, they took active measures to help Smith carry out his schemes, according to the documents.

All 3 January sentencing hearings in RDAG criminal case cancelled

Twelve Reagor-Dykes Auto Group employees have pleaded guilty in federal court in connection to the auto giant criminal case. Three of those were set to be sentenced on two separate dates in January. All three sentencing hearings were cancelled.

Reagor-Dykes Criminal Charges Growing

The number of guilty pleas in the Reagor-Dykes floor plan fraud scheme has grown after another employee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

Five down, 167 to go for NAAG cases at Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office

It may be small, but 5 families will be receiving death certificates after months of waiting. The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s office has completed five of the 172 cases NAAG Pathology Labs left unfinished.

11 people plead guilty in Reagor-Dykes floor plan fraud scheme

Eleven people have pleaded guilty for their role in the Reagor-Dykes “fraud scheme.” The investigation reveals more than $40 million worth of “collateralized inventory that RDAG was unable to produce for inspection,” according to court documents.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott And Faith Leaders Announce GRACE Initiative To Combat Human Trafficking

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott hosted a listening session with faith leaders from across the state to discuss strategies to end child exploitation and sex trafficking in Texas.

  Medical Examiner report: Initial backlog complete, NAAG backlog remains

During the Lubbock County Commissioner’s meeting on Monday morning, the Chief Administrative Medical Examiner Dr. John Lang gave a report on the state of the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Former RDAG CFO Shane Smith’s executive assistant pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

Ashley Nicole Wood was hired by Reagor Dykes Auto Group to be the executive assistant for former Chief Financial Officer Shane Smith in 2014.

Lubbock judge orders Bart Reagor to pay Vista Bank nearly $1.8 million

A Lubbock District Judge has ordered Bart Reagor to pay Vista Bank $1,792,605.39. The order was granted by District Judge Ruben Reyes on Monday, Dec. 2.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  KCBD Investigates: Grievance filed against public defender alleging disturbing behavior

Brownfield resident Jannie Vieres was appointed a lawyer after she recently found herself in legal trouble. But documents we have obtained suggest her court appointed attorney actually came at a cost.

8th person pleads guilty to fraud in Reagor-Dykes federal case

A total of eight people have now pleaded guilty for their role in the Reagor-Dykes “fraud scheme,” according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. The investigation reveals more than $40 million worth of “collateralized inventory that RDAG was unable to produce for inspection,” ac

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

2 more Reagor-Dykes employees plead guilty in ‘fraud scheme’

A total of seven people have now pleaded guilty for their role in the Reagor-Dykes “fraud scheme,” according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

  Lubbock County reaches deal with NAAG to release backlog of medical records

The 172 families waiting on death certificates from the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office are one step closer to getting their cases resolved.

  NAAG cites ‘toxic political environment’ as reason to not renew contract with county as Medical Examiner

Two days after KCBD published a report on the 172 families stuck in limbo without death certificates in Lubbock County, National Autopsy Assay Group (NAAG) sent a media release and a letter saying, “It is important that the public get the whole story.”

Hearing set for Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, FirstBank & Trust settlement

The Federal Bankruptcy judge granted a request for an expedited hearing on Reagor-Dykes Auto Group expedited motion for approval of compromise and settlement with FirstBank & Trust.

  KCBD Investigates: New Medical Examiner responds to 172 families waiting on death certificates

Lubbock's new medical examiner is promising to help 172 families who are still waiting on death certificates.

  KCBD Investigates: Landlord responds to accusations of threatening, harassing tenants

The KCBD Investigates Team has been keeping an eye on rent-to-own landlord Jerry Lopez. While KCBD was waiting at the courthouse on a dispute resolution with his tenants, we bumped into Lopez.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  KCBD Investigates: Lubbock families warn of “nightmare” landlord

There are over 60 pages of criminal complaints dating back to early 2017, all under the same landlord. These documents reveal a pattern of disturbing claims including harassment, destruction of property, and assault.

First Bank & Trust urges court to move forward with liquidation of Reagor-Dykes

First Bank & Trust has filed a motion asking the court to move the Reagor-Dykes companies from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, aimed at restructuring and preserving the dealerships, to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which would liquidate all the assets and end Reagor-Dykes as a going concern.

2 female employees plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud in RDAG case

Two more Reagor-Dykes Auto Group employees have pleaded guilty to fraud for their role in a $23 million check kiting scheme, allegedly under the direction of the auto group’s former Chief Financial Officer, Shane Smith.

Wife of slain TTU Police Officer sues accused shooter for more than $1 million

Nearly two years after a Texas Tech police officer was shot and killed inside of the Texas Tech Police Department, the wife of the slain officer is suing the accused shooter for more than $1 million.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Lubbock County Commissioners to consider new acting medical examiner on Monday morning

Lubbock County may have a new medical examiner Monday, following the resignation of Dr. Sam Andrews.

Judgement: Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit $53,759,450.96

Lubbock’s federal district court convened Thursday to formally determine the amount of money Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit.

Federal judge issues gag order in Ford case against Bart Reagor

Bart Reagor has been barred by a federal judge from commenting on a current case against Ford Motor Credit to the public. This gag order, as it’s known, was issued today, Oct. 3.

Ford takes Reagor to court to find out how much he owes

Ford Motor Credit and Bart Reagor were in federal court on Wednesday, to try and determine how much Bart Reagor owes to Ford Motor Credit.

Sentencing rescheduled for Shane Smith, former Reagor-Dykes CFO

The sentencing hearing for Shane Smith, the former CFO for the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Jan 7.

Creditors set to vote on RDAG reorganization plan

A federal bankruptcy court approved a Reagor-Dykes disclosure statement on Tuesday, laying out a timeline for creditors to file objections and vote on the proposed reorganization.

Judge unseals whistleblower lawsuit seeking ‘billions’ from Covenant in alleged healthcare scheme

A whistleblower suit in federal court filed by Dr. Howard Beck again St. Joseph Health System, Covenant Health System and its subsidiaries, alleges Medicare fraud and seeks to recover damages for the government that could amount to billions of dollars.

  Texas Rangers, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office raid Lubbock Co. Medical Examiner’s Office

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say State Troopers, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office early Monday afternoon serving a warrant, according to Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parish.

  2 Reagor-Dykes employees plead guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

Two former employees with the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group pleaded guilty for their role in a $23 million check kiting scheme, allegedly under the direction of the auto group’s former Chief Financial Officer, Shane Smith.

  Experts: Human trafficking is hidden tragedy of broken immigration system

Many are hoping to find a better life in the United States, but even once they make it across the border, many may find themselves in a world they could not have possibly imagined.

RDAG proposes $13 million reorganization plan to re-establish dealerships

A second reorganization plan has been submitted to a federal bankruptcy court that would allow a Reagor-Dykes Auto Group plan sponsor $13 million for re-organizational operating costs. This has yet to be approved by the court.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

Texas man arrested for possession and promotion of child pornography

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 32-year-old Camron Lee Wood, of Eagle Lake, Texas, on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography.