17 Most Corrupt Industries

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By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2010 5:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Goldman Sachs got you convinced Wall Street is the most corrupt place to work? Not quite: The Daily Beast worked with an anti-corruption research organization to determine the 17 most corrupt industries in America. The top five, along with representative examples:

  1. Utilities: FirstEnergy allegedly covered up a reactor head that was ready to blow, then spent more than $33 million to avoid criminal charges.
  2. Wall Street/Securities: Two words: Bernie Madoff.

  1. Telecommunications: WorldCom was once at the top of the telecom game, but when things started going downhill, it claimed $11 billion it didn’t have, and later filed for bankruptcy.
  2. Construction: Three former employees of a Texas-based construction company were indicted for fraudulently charging $560,000 in goods and services on a work-related credit card.
  3. Media: In 2001, Salon exposed major radio companies that were playing songs because a record label paid them to—and not disclosing it on the air. Ultimately, four major chains agreed to play 4000 hours of independent label music to make up for it.
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