Lois Norder

Investigative editor

Lois Norder is Senior Editor for Investigations in the newsroom at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here is a sample of recent watchdog articles from MyAJC.com RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Lois Norder

Real estate agent bilked investors of millions, feds say
 Every which way she could, an Atlanta real estate agent bilked a group of foreign investors out of millions of dollars, the government alleges in a criminal complaint.  She embezzled some $930,000. Inflated sale prices to pocket another $1.1 million. But the big money, a criminal complaint alleges, came from even more brazen schemes...

Posted: 5 days ago

Every which way she could, an Atlanta real estate agent bilked a group of foreign investors out of millions of dollars, the government alleges in a criminal complaint.  She embezzled some $930,000. Inflated sale prices to pocket another $1.1 million. But the big money, a criminal complaint alleges, came from even more brazen schemes...
A decade after deadly Imperial Sugar explosion, still no new worker safety standards
 Violent explosions racked the Imperial Sugar plant outside Savannah a decade ago, sending fire, fueled by sugar dust, racing through the facility. "Thick concrete floors heaved up and brick walls were blown into stairwells and work areas, blocking many exit routes," the Chemical Safety Board found in its investigation. Eight workers...

Posted: 13 days ago

Violent explosions racked the Imperial Sugar plant outside Savannah a decade ago, sending fire, fueled by sugar dust, racing through the facility. "Thick concrete floors heaved up and brick walls were blown into stairwells and work areas, blocking many exit routes," the Chemical Safety Board found in its investigation. Eight workers...
A long con finally comes to an end, as 71-year-old heads to prison
 Franklin B. Trell for years connived and cheated his way through the business world. His schemes involved numerous shell companies he and his partner in crime, Cynthia P. Vinson, created. When former business partners discovered his lies and sued him, Trell had other schemes. He got investors and banks to give him millions, telling them...

Posted: 15 days ago

Franklin B. Trell for years connived and cheated his way through the business world. His schemes involved numerous shell companies he and his partner in crime, Cynthia P. Vinson, created. When former business partners discovered his lies and sued him, Trell had other schemes. He got investors and banks to give him millions, telling them...
Will Norcross college survive? New report raises concerns about former Corinthian campus
 UPDATED: A college campus in Norcross and ones in Tampa and Houston are all that's left of what once was the nation's largest for-profit college chain, Corinthian College. At its peak, Corinthian had more than 100 campuses, until it collapsed into bankruptcy as state and federal investigators were circling for the kill. Corinthian was accused...

Posted: 19 days ago

UPDATED: A college campus in Norcross and ones in Tampa and Houston are all that's left of what once was the nation's largest for-profit college chain, Corinthian College. At its peak, Corinthian had more than 100 campuses, until it collapsed into bankruptcy as state and federal investigators were circling for the kill. Corinthian was accused...
Ex-con Georgia doctor may have committed his last crime
 Georgia took a chance on an ex-con doctor, agreeing to give him back a medical license in 2013 despite his felony conviction record. That was all Fred Gilliard needed for his latest -- and potentially last -- criminal scheme. This week, the 76-year-old pleaded guilty to distributing prescriptions for the opioid oxycodone. Prosecutors said...

Posted: 21 days ago

Georgia took a chance on an ex-con doctor, agreeing to give him back a medical license in 2013 despite his felony conviction record. That was all Fred Gilliard needed for his latest -- and potentially last -- criminal scheme. This week, the 76-year-old pleaded guilty to distributing prescriptions for the opioid oxycodone. Prosecutors said...
Signs a doctor may be a sexual predator
 For seven days now, young women who were sexually violated by former doctor Larry Nassar have been confronting him in a Michigan courtroom about his despicable acts. Most were too young to recognize that the former USA Gymnastics and  Michigan State University doctor was abusing them in the guise of medical treatment. His victims &mdash...

Posted: 27 days ago

For seven days now, young women who were sexually violated by former doctor Larry Nassar have been confronting him in a Michigan courtroom about his despicable acts. Most were too young to recognize that the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor was abusing them in the guise of medical treatment. His victims &mdash...