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The winner of 48 Emmy awards for my consumer investigative reporting, my reports regularly expose wrongdoing and incompetence by private industry and government agencies, and often lead to actions by law enforcement officials, as well as the enactment of legislation.

My reports, which now have a new home at PIX11, have been cited by numerous prosecutors as being instrumental in obtaining jail time for several scam artists. 

I worked as a consumer reporter for Fox 5 WNYW from 2006 to 2014, where I added more than a dozen Emmy awards to my collection, and the national newsmagazine ABC News “20/20,” from 1995 to 2003.

There, I won the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and the Consumer Federation of America Media Service Award. Prior to joining “20/20,” I was an investigative reporter at WCBS-TV in New York, from 1973 to 1995, where I began my highly praised Shame On You reports.

I was the senior correspondent for five one-hour Shame On You primetime specials broadcast on the CBS Television Network. I was also a regular contributor to CBS This Morning and was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 1995.

Among my notable reports are a series of exposes on toxic chemical waste dumping by Mafia-owned carting companies (my first Emmy!); the fraudulent mislabeling of high-calorie, high-fat food, which led to statewide action by the New York agricultural department; an investigation into school custodians padding their payroll with relatives, and failing to do their required work; uncovering a taxi-cab ring ripping off tourists at Grand Central Terminal; proving how Medicare and Medicaid were wasting millions of taxpayer dollars by overpaying for bandages; catching electronic stores selling used merchandise as new and confronting a Postal Service letter-carrier illegally charging welfare recipients to deliver their government checks. 

I’ve also caught jewelers on camera selling under-karrated gold; confronted auto dealers advertising specials that didn’t exist, cornered chimney sweeps who carry loose bricks and dead birds as price-gouging scams and showed how home health care attendants with violent criminal pasts were being hired and sent into the homes of vulnerable elderly citizens. 

While at ABC, I uncovered a major auto accident ring bilking insurers for millions, exposed a high-tech scam which billed added charges on consumers’ telephone bills for services they never received, and reported an undercover investigation which examined why black shoppers are often unfairly targeted by department store security personnel and salespeople as potential thieves. 

My other reports include an investigation into the forced commitment of elderly people by for-profit psychiatric hospitals that led to corrective legislation and changes in Medicare policy. My investigation into the epidemic problem of e-coli contaminated ground beef has been praised by both the Food and Drug Administration and the meat industry. 

I was born in Brooklyn, and am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Florida State University (go Noles!).

I received my master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago and am happily married to my lovely wife, Shawn.

Recent Articles
  • Kitchen contractors accused of bilking customers for $105K now face charges

    TENAFLY, N.J. — Kitchen contractors Nick and Rose Sirico are now facing criminal charges, four months after PIX11 first reported on the many complaints against them. The Siricos owned WoodArt Kitchen Design Studio in Tenafly, New Jersey. In April, we reported that the couple, who live in Oradell, New Jersey, allegedly bilked three families in their neighborhood out of a combined $105,000. “He was supposed to order the cabinets back in September and he never did,” David Dankin said. Dankin […]

  • Brooklyn veteran loses his benefits after being mistakenly declared dead

    BROOKLYN — You’re probably not aware of the problem, unless you’re one of the thousands of veterans who have been mistakenly declared dead by the Veteran’s Administration. An astonishing  4,200 vets, who are very much alive, have been mistakenly classified as deceased and had their VA benefits cut off during a recent five-year period, according to a government report. The VA says it has changed its procedures for confirming deaths. However, mistakes are still being made.  Army war veteran Carmelo […]

  • LI boss stops paying employee, fires her when she complains

    EAST ISLIP, NY — For the past eight years, Christina Ananiadis, a marriage and family therapist, worked for Peter Vigliotta, at South Shore Counseling Services in East Islip, Long Island.  Then, late last year, she says Vigliotta, a clinical social worker, stopped paying her for four weeks. “He kept saying ‘I have no money to pay you’ and I don’t believe him,” Ananiadis said. “If he had no money, why is he still in business?” Vigliotta owes her at least […]

  • Manhattan apartment residents blocked from retrieving their belongings for months after blaze

    MURRAY HILL, Manhattan — Terrified residents fled from their Manhattan apartment building as it was engulfed in flames, leaving behind all their belongings. Months later, they still hadn’t been allowed back for their possessions. The fire broke out on Feb. 8 at 1596 Second Avenue. Keith Moore says he could barely see in front of him as he hurried down the five flights of stairs from his apartment. “I opened the door and it was filled with smoke,” Moore said. Although the fire […]

  • DA’s office arrests attorney who stole from his clients

    Andre Halls Sr. hired attorney Louis Uvino to sue a hospital after his son died from a blood clot — but never received his settlement money. The attorney was finally arrested. “I’m happy that he’s been arrested, but I’m not happy with the judicial system,” Halls Sr. said after learning Uvino had been arrested. As we reported in December 2016, after his son, Andre Halls Jr, died from a blood clot following surgery, his father hired Uvino to sue the […]

  • Kids and parents fight for cameras on N.J. school buses after alleged rough rides

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Video from cameras on school buses can provide valuable information about the behavior of students and drivers. Three months ago, we reported that students from Intervale Elementary School in Parsippany, N.J., complained that their substitute bus driver would stomp on the brakes while the bus was moving, just to quiet them down. “He stopped so hard we hit our heads on the seat,” 7-year-old Katelyn Wheelock said. Her 9-year-old sister Jillian said she has “a lot of […]

  • Single mom says used car dealer swindled her out of 2 years’ worth of savings

    WEST ISLIP, Long Island — “I honestly don’t know how you can look at yourself in the mirror.” That’s what car buyer Susan Bohlmann said to Gus Sousouris, who owns DPA Autos in West Islip, Long Island. “Unbelievable how you take advantage of people who work hard for their money while you scam them,” she continued. Why is Susan so angry? A single mother of twin teenagers, who’s been driving a beat-up old car with 255,000 miles on it, she paid […]

  • Bronx auto shop accused of taking money from customers’ insurance companies

    THE BRONX — A Bronx auto body shop stands accused of taking money from customers’ insurance companies, but not fixing their cars. Inner City Automotive, on Blondell Avenue, is owned by Hancy Abreu. “My car has been there for five months,” says nurse Leticia Alexander. “Every time I call I can’t get the owner. They say he’s not here, he’s sick.” Her insurance company paid Inner City more than $18,000 to fix her late model BMW after it was involved in […]

  • Patrons at Astoria Starbucks say ‘accessible ramp’ is not accessible

    ASTORIA, Queens — What good is an accessible ramp that is not accessible? That’s why some are asking about the ramp that leads into the Starbucks on 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. The problem is the store’s basement is right next to the ramp. When the basement-access doors are open, it literally blocks the ramp entrance. There is a step leading up to the front entrance, so those who have difficulty with steps, such as the disabled and […]

  • Diamond rings: How much are they really worth?

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Kay Jewelers is one of the largest retail jewelry chains in the country. They advertise heavily. “You see the commercials. Every kiss begins with Kay,” said Brandon Lewis, a steamfitter from Staten Island. “I thought it was the right place to go.” Brandon bought an engagement ring at Kay Jewelers in the Staten Island Mall a year and a half ago. He said the store manager, who sold him the ring, assured him the center diamond, […]