A RELENTLESS SIX-MONTH INVESTIGATION THAT REVEALED ONE NOXIOUS SCAM

The 9News team spent months unraveling a string of predatory frauds that created two sets of victims – those facing foreclosure and those looking to rent. They followed the story halfway around the world to expose a man taking advantage of foreclosed homeowners and desperate renters in five states, including Colorado. The team talked to dozens of victims, used local, state and federal public records, court records, surveillance and social networking to uncover the plot. Their dogged reporting sparked state and federal investigations of similar fraud in other states, and is a telling part of the larger story of America’s mortgage crisis.

Jace Larson, investigative reporter; Nicole Vap, investigative executive producer; Anna Hewson, investigative producer, photojournalist

View Keys to the Castle: 9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=125381.

View a video journal from 9News: vimeo.com/dupontawards/2011-9news.

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