KCBD INVESTIGATES: The cost to clean up flood damage at Citizens Tower

The damage was done two months ago, but we are just now learning how much those March flood waters are going to cost the city of Lubbock.

Bart Reagor waives arraignment in federal court for bank fraud charges, released on bond

  Former RDAG customer says ’90 years is not enough’ for Bart Reagor

  Bart Reagor attorney issues statement on federal indictment: ‘He is Not Guilty’

  Bart Reagor indicted, charged with bank fraud, facing up to 90 years if convicted

  Sentencing dates set for 15 Reagor-Dykes employees

  Lubbock County officials confident in Tarrant County Medical Examiner service as reports reveal issues

Continued Coverage

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: How much do Lubbock City Council members really make?

  Tourists from Mexico visiting Lubbock for COVID-19 vaccine

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Lubbock County explains violation of Texas Open Meetings Act

  International Bank of Commerce to garnish Bart Reagor’s bank accounts for $23 million owed

  Accusations of nepotism in Slaton as city administrator prepares to retire

  City of Slaton Administrator announces retirement

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: City of Slaton buys firearms from store owned by city administrator

The KCBD Investigates team is continuing to look at how local government bodies follow their own rules. This week’s focus is on the town of Slaton and just how closely city leaders are following those rules when it comes to the benefit of their own personal business.

  City Manager defends VIP protection for council members to provide ‘continuity of government’

The KCBD Investigative team continues to look into the possible inappropriate use of Lubbock Police Department resources. Specifically, how this approval effects Lubbock citizens. Why would city officials authorize tax funds for police protection for a council member at a private out of town event?

  Sex trafficking survivors rebuild their lives with the help of One Voice Home

Sex trafficking survivors now have the opportunity to rebuild their lives through One Voice Home, a therapeutic program and safe house.

  How to prevent your child from becoming a sex trafficking victim

For Human Trafficking Awareness Week, we spoke with a Lubbock detective who specializes in arresting sex traffickers, to share some tips on how to keep your children safe.

  KCBD Investigates Consumer Awareness: Dare to Compare

  KCBD Investigates: LPD Officers ordered to provide security for council member’s private event

  U.S. Marshals track down Bart Reagor to collect $49 million

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

  U.S. Marshals commanded to collect $49.3M from Bart Reagor

  RDAG: Victims of fraud can soon make claims for potential compensation

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Impact Fees and the Future of Lubbock

Could Impact Fees slow down home building in Lubbock?

  Public information roadblocks launch KCBD Investigation

Cities are required to respond to public information requests, but when our Investigates team asked for the mayor's financial records, most of what we needed had been redacted. Here's what it took to get the answers we needed.

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Recruitment Report Card for new LPD Academy Class

Back in June, the Lubbock Police Department announced an effort to bring more minority applicants into the department. Now, with the first new recruiting class about to start, we asked partners to provide a report card, indicating how well they did.

  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 Investigation prompts Lubbock Mayor’s apology following failure to disclose

Mayor Dan Pope issued a public apology last week for his vote to grant tax dollars to a downtown restaurant where his wife is an investor.

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Former Lubbock police chief says, ‘empower the police to police themselves’

Last week, the KCBD Investigates team took a look at the process of identifying and terminating “bad officers” in two area police departments.

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Two different models for accountability in police departments

Our Investigates team wanted to know...politics and opinions aside, what processes do our local agencies have to follow? What does policy and procedure look like?

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

More than two years after the first claims against the Reagor Dykes Auto Group, legal action continues as the creditor’s trust for the bankrupt company filed a lawsuit claiming AimBank ignored warning signs of fraud.

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

Documents filed in Federal Court Thursday granted a settlement payment from General Motors, LLC, to Reagor Dykes Floydada for $84,684.14. A settlement previously agreed upon by both parties.

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

The National Autopsy Assay Group, once contracted to work with the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office, has sent a letter to Lubbock County officials, calling the office a “hot mess,” following the recent resignation of former Medical Examiner Dr. John Lang.

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

The Lubbock County Commissioners appointed Dr. Charles Addington as the Acting Chief Medical Examiner after current Medical Examiner, Dr. John Lang, submitted his resignation early Monday morning. Dr. Lang was hired in October 2019.

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

Businesses and individuals who were victims of fraudulent actions by employees of Reagor-Dykes Auto Group may be closer to receiving compensation after the third amended Chapter 11 liquidation plan was filed Tuesday.

  KCBD INVESTIGATES: Cutting through the clutter of mandatory mask orders

While many local businesses have strictly enforced best practices for COVID-19, some say their competitors have not, creating an unlevel playing field.

  The Silent Pandemic: Child abuse trends during quarantine

It has been more than two months since Lubbock’s stay at home order was put into effect and during that time Lubbock saw a 50% decrease in reported child abuse cases compared to the same time last year. However, experts say the numbers are deceiving, and in reality, are evidence of a bigger problem.

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

Attorneys for the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group estate filed a motion late Monday morning claiming former CFO Shane Smith “cooked the books,” allowing him to take $527,076.81 commission payments he was not owed.

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

In a 33-page complaint filed Wednesday, the bankrupt auto group claims: “FMCC racked up millions in profits from interest that the Debtors paid and interest that consumers paid on vehicle deals that Reagor-Dykes originated.”

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

Lubbock Preston-Smith International Airport recently received a big stimulus check, enough to support their operations for an entire year.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  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

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

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

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

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

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

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

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

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

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

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

The plan will shut down the remaining business operations, sell off everything that is left, and will hand over the consumer issues to a creditors trustee and the consumer ombudsman. The plan also supports the settlement with Rick Dykes.

  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