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Back in 2008, Daily News pulled off one of the largest heists ever recorded in history. In order to prove to the city that their record keeping system needed to be updated, Daily News briefly stole the $1.89 billion property on which the Empire State Building sits.
The journalists drafted up fake documents, placed a fake notary stamp on them, and submitted the paperwork to the city. The city officially stamped the documents that same day which then allowed the deed to the property to be turned over to Daily News. This process revealed an enormous loophole in the city’s system which did not require city clerks to verify information on these documents. Fortunately, Daily News rightfully returned the property to the city within 24 hours of the scam and the laws were changed.