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An Investigative Report Documents Cheaters Costing North Carolina Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Photo of corner of Trust and Belief from News and Observer's Contracted to Cheat series.
TRAVIS LONG — tlong@newsobserver.com
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A yearlong investigative report by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer documents that North Carolina has lost nearly a half-billion dollars each year uncollected state and federal tax revenue from the misclassification of workers. 

The series looks into construction companies willing to break rules at the expense of businesses owners, workers and taxpayers. Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Observer Investigative Reporter Mandy Locke and McClatchy Newspapers' Immigration and Labor Reporter Franco Ordoñez about how companies are taking advantage of governmental oversight.

Watch a Teaser for the Series here:

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.