fraud

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The Honey Launderers

On the biggest food fraud in U.S. history.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Go to Court

A scholarly dispute devolves into criminal impersonation.

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Rita Crundwell and the Dixon Embezzlement

How a small-town comptroller became the biggest municipal embezzler in U.S. history.

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Plasenzuela's Dirty Secrets

Welcome to Plasenzuela, whose 500 inhabitants enjoyed no-show jobs, spent millions on phantom projects and defrauded Social Security.

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A Vintage Crime

The man who made millions selling counterfeit wines.

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Psychology of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

The story of one man’s descent into lies and illegal activity – and why it could so easily happen to any of us.

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Josh Macciello Convinced L.A. He Was in Line to Buy the Dodgers. But He Was Really a Fraud

How a con-man convinced Los Angeles that he was prepared to purchase the Dodgers from the now-bankrupt Frank McCourt.

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The Man Who Time (Almost) Forgot

On William H. McMasters, who ten days after being hired as Charles Ponzi’s publicist wrote a scathing exposé in The Boston Post that revealed the biggest fraud, at the time, in American history.

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Damned Yankee

Was Steinbrenner’s Partner the “Madoff of Memorabilia”? Inside a collector’s hoax.

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The King of Home Equity Fraud

How a Nigerian-American conned upwards of $40 million from banks during the housing boom using publicly available information from the internet, persuasive storytelling, and prepaid cellphones, and then ditched his FBI tail in a casino.

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Mad About the Boys

Lou Pearlman, the guy responsible for the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, bilked his investors of $300 million and fled the country. But the boys say he was interested in more than just money.