It was a rare and tempting thing — the chance to make millions and be an American hero. Our government had failed. We needed masks, gloves, ventilators, and body bags. We didn't have them. They said they could get them. Many lied, some stole, others got rich enough to be noticed. This is the story of pandemic pirates. When the Trump administration finally responded to the Covid-19 virus, its solution was to award hundreds of millions of dollars, eventually billions, to anyone and everyone. So began a bonanza for government contractors, grifters, and cheats in our time of need. Over the course of two years, reporter J. David McSwane chased private jets and fake test tubes to uncover the story of those who got rich while we got sick. He found a broken system that allowed some to grasp at wealth and glory, while too many Americans died. Robert Stewart Jr. stroke with purpose through the exit of the private wing of Dulles International Airport, a glinting Legacy 450 Flexjet whirring ahead of us on the tarmac. He turned to offer a caveat. "I'm talking with you against the advice of my attorney," he said. It was the morning of… Read full this story
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