Lois Norder

Investigative editor

Lois Norder leads investigative journalists who have won multiple state and national awards. She joined the AJC in 2012 from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she was managing editor. Here is a sample of investigative articles from AJC.com RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investigation

Latest from Lois Norder

Consumers could be at risk from Fulton firm’s juices, FDA warns
 Elixirs sold by a Fulton County business seem to hold the promise of fighting disease and restoring health. There’s a “cold curing, immune boosting, inflammation fighting” elixir made with turmeric, ginger, lemon and cayenne. An “infection healing, allergy reducing, system rebooting” so-called antibiotic made...

Posted: 10 days ago

Elixirs sold by a Fulton County business seem to hold the promise of fighting disease and restoring health. There’s a “cold curing, immune boosting, inflammation fighting” elixir made with turmeric, ginger, lemon and cayenne. An “infection healing, allergy reducing, system rebooting” so-called antibiotic made...
Georgia doctor accused of bilking Medicare of $1.5 million
 A Ringgold doctor falsely diagnosed patients as suffering from heavy metal poisoning and then billed Medicare for their treatment, federal prosecutors allege in a Medicare fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. district court in Atlanta. Dr. Charles C. Adams perpetrated the scheme in Georgia for seven years, the government alleges, submitting...

7:54 PM Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

A Ringgold doctor falsely diagnosed patients as suffering from heavy metal poisoning and then billed Medicare for their treatment, federal prosecutors allege in a Medicare fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. district court in Atlanta. Dr. Charles C. Adams perpetrated the scheme in Georgia for seven years, the government alleges, submitting...
Clayton hospital owner to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit alleging fraud
 Prime Healthcare billed itself as capable of turning around failing hospitals, including Southern Regional Medical Center in Clayton County.  But its formula, the federal government alleged, was to systematically defraud Medicare and other government programs. Now, the California-based chain has agreed to pay $65 million to settle...

9:41 PM Friday, Aug. 03, 2018

Prime Healthcare billed itself as capable of turning around failing hospitals, including Southern Regional Medical Center in Clayton County.  But its formula, the federal government alleged, was to systematically defraud Medicare and other government programs. Now, the California-based chain has agreed to pay $65 million to settle...
Four top Georgia Tech officials out amid internal investigations
 Four top officials of Georgia Tech  are out after internal reviews found they had improper relationships with vendors, misused resources or violated other ethics rules or state laws. Vice President of Campus Services Paul Strouts, Parking and Transportation Services Executive Director Lance Lunsway and Director of Digital Networks Tom Stipes...

1:34 PM Friday, Jul. 27, 2018

Four top officials of Georgia Tech are out after internal reviews found they had improper relationships with vendors, misused resources or violated other ethics rules or state laws. Vice President of Campus Services Paul Strouts, Parking and Transportation Services Executive Director Lance Lunsway and Director of Digital Networks Tom Stipes...
Atlanta real estate agent admits bilking investors of millions
 An Atlanta real estate agent once honored with the Governor’s International Award has admitted defrauding clients out of more than $22 million. In U.S. District Court on Thursday, Emily Moerdomo Fu pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with a scheme that involved embezzlement, inflated sales prices, phantom property sales and unauthorized...

8:43 PM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

An Atlanta real estate agent once honored with the Governor’s International Award has admitted defrauding clients out of more than $22 million. In U.S. District Court on Thursday, Emily Moerdomo Fu pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with a scheme that involved embezzlement, inflated sales prices, phantom property sales and unauthorized...
Norcross firm to settle suit accusing it of misleading customers
 A Norcross company that once tangled with television personality Dr. Oz in a dispute over its dietary supplements now says it will settle a federal class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading consumers. Private Label Nutraceuticals sold products labeled as green coffee extract and carrying an image of a trim waist with a tape measure around...

3:59 PM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

A Norcross company that once tangled with television personality Dr. Oz in a dispute over its dietary supplements now says it will settle a federal class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading consumers. Private Label Nutraceuticals sold products labeled as green coffee extract and carrying an image of a trim waist with a tape measure around...
Peachtree City company warned about promoting unapproved drugs
 A Peachtree City company is the latest Georgia dietary supplement maker facing federal sanctions for unsubstantiated claims that their products can cure, treat, or prevent diseases. It is also the latest dietary supplement company targeted by federal authorities for promoting the use of products with microscopic amounts of silver, called...

4:24 PM Friday, Jun. 15, 2018

A Peachtree City company is the latest Georgia dietary supplement maker facing federal sanctions for unsubstantiated claims that their products can cure, treat, or prevent diseases. It is also the latest dietary supplement company targeted by federal authorities for promoting the use of products with microscopic amounts of silver, called...
When massage therapists cross the line, state board rarely acts
 The woman lay frozen on the massage table, exposed, vulnerable, not knowing what to do. Her therapist had grabbed her underwear and moved it to expose her buttocks, then he started massaging her backside so hard that she hurt, according to a complaint she filed with state regulators. She ordered him repeatedly to stop, but he ignored her...

4:00 AM Friday, May. 04, 2018

The woman lay frozen on the massage table, exposed, vulnerable, not knowing what to do. Her therapist had grabbed her underwear and moved it to expose her buttocks, then he started massaging her backside so hard that she hurt, according to a complaint she filed with state regulators. She ordered him repeatedly to stop, but he ignored her...
Doctors cut plea deals for sex crimes
 Predator physician Larry Nassar has essentially received a life sentence for his guilty pleas in two Michigan state courts. In January, he received a sentence of 40 to 175 years after pleading guilty to seven assaults in Ingham County. In February, he was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to three sexual assaults...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018

Predator physician Larry Nassar has essentially received a life sentence for his guilty pleas in two Michigan state courts. In January, he received a sentence of 40 to 175 years after pleading guilty to seven assaults in Ingham County. In February, he was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to three sexual assaults...
2016 investigation revealed broken system
 No one had accurate data on doctor sex abuse cases until the AJC in 2016 published a national investigation based on its review of thousands of medical board and court documents. The series revealed that disturbing cases — rapes by OB/GYNs, seductions by psychiatrists, molestations by pediatricians and fondling by anesthesiologists...

4:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

No one had accurate data on doctor sex abuse cases until the AJC in 2016 published a national investigation based on its review of thousands of medical board and court documents. The series revealed that disturbing cases — rapes by OB/GYNs, seductions by psychiatrists, molestations by pediatricians and fondling by anesthesiologists...
Threat of sanction on Atlanta home health agency lifted
 Thousands of Georgia patients struggling with debilitating medical problems depend on Visiting Nurse Health System to provide care for them in their own homes. But the nonprofit organization had been threatened this month with a cutoff in federal funding after inspections found issues said to potentially jeopardize some patients’ health...

9:00 PM Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

Thousands of Georgia patients struggling with debilitating medical problems depend on Visiting Nurse Health System to provide care for them in their own homes. But the nonprofit organization had been threatened this month with a cutoff in federal funding after inspections found issues said to potentially jeopardize some patients’ health...