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

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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...

Posted: 26 days ago

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...

Posted: 28 days ago

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...

Posted: 29 days ago

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...
FDA to block bulk sales of pure caffeine, citing Georgia, Ohio deaths
 The morning that James Wade Sweatt first tried a powdered caffeine supplement, his heart went into cardiac arrest. For the next 11 days, he was in a coma. Despite efforts to save him, the 24-year-old Alpharetta engineer died. Now, nearly four years after his death, the federal Food and Drug Administration has announced a crackdown on...

6:00 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

The morning that James Wade Sweatt first tried a powdered caffeine supplement, his heart went into cardiac arrest. For the next 11 days, he was in a coma. Despite efforts to save him, the 24-year-old Alpharetta engineer died. Now, nearly four years after his death, the federal Food and Drug Administration has announced a crackdown on...
Atlanta Massage Envy therapist sexually assaulted client, lawsuit says
 Massage Envy therapists from at least four metro Atlanta locations have now been accused of sexually violating women, with the latest lawsuit filed this week in Fulton County State Court.  The lawsuit alleges that near the end of a massage at the Massage Envy on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta in 2016, the therapist inserted his finger into...

7:05 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Massage Envy therapists from at least four metro Atlanta locations have now been accused of sexually violating women, with the latest lawsuit filed this week in Fulton County State Court.  The lawsuit alleges that near the end of a massage at the Massage Envy on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta in 2016, the therapist inserted his finger into...
Code of silence, weak laws protect sexual predator doctors
 Hundreds of girls and women sexually assaulted by Dr. Larry Nassar might have been spared, had University of Michigan employees who were told of his abuse decades earlier reported him to authorities.  Michigan’s remedy now, according to news reports about the USA Gymnastics doctor, is to require more people, including college...

3:30 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Hundreds of girls and women sexually assaulted by Dr. Larry Nassar might have been spared, had University of Michigan employees who were told of his abuse decades earlier reported him to authorities.  Michigan’s remedy now, according to news reports about the USA Gymnastics doctor, is to require more people, including college...
Watchdog warns home health program vulnerable to fraud
 This could be a lesson on how not to catch cheaters: Let those under scrutiny decide who investigators talk with.  That’s a problem with the way home health agencies are scrutinized in the government’s effort to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare program, a federal watchdog warns in a new report.  Home...

7:30 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

This could be a lesson on how not to catch cheaters: Let those under scrutiny decide who investigators talk with.  That’s a problem with the way home health agencies are scrutinized in the government’s effort to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare program, a federal watchdog warns in a new report.  Home...
Pending court ruling could be pivotal in health care fraud cases
 Elderly people were the target, and wherever they might congregate, the company dispatched recruiters. Workers rode along on Meals on Wheels deliveries and went door-to-door in government-subsidized housing. Then they’d pitch what sounded like home care services paid for by the government. Instead, the elderly were being enrolled in...

6:52 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

Elderly people were the target, and wherever they might congregate, the company dispatched recruiters. Workers rode along on Meals on Wheels deliveries and went door-to-door in government-subsidized housing. Then they’d pitch what sounded like home care services paid for by the government. Instead, the elderly were being enrolled in...
Atlanta prison too harsh for Russian hacker
 What with the booze smuggling, taxi service for escapees and takeout food from nearby restaurants, the federal prison camp in Atlanta doesn’t exactly define “hard time.” Inmates would come and go from the minimum-security camp adjacent to the federal penitentiary -- at least until the AJC ran a story about how inmates...

2:15 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

What with the booze smuggling, taxi service for escapees and takeout food from nearby restaurants, the federal prison camp in Atlanta doesn’t exactly define “hard time.” Inmates would come and go from the minimum-security camp adjacent to the federal penitentiary -- at least until the AJC ran a story about how inmates...
Chiropractors getting hundreds of millions in improper Medicare payments
 Make off with millions by going small and flying under the government radar. That seems to be the takeaway in a new report by a government watchdog. Every year, Medicare is shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars for massages, acupuncture and other ineligible or medically unnecessary services that are billed by chiropractors, says the...

12:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Make off with millions by going small and flying under the government radar. That seems to be the takeaway in a new report by a government watchdog. Every year, Medicare is shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars for massages, acupuncture and other ineligible or medically unnecessary services that are billed by chiropractors, says the...