Tag: fraud

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Offshore in Central London

Why has a prestigious address been used so many times as a center for elaborate international fraud?

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The Departed

On a November morning, Olympic rower and financial advisor Harold Backer left for a bike ride and never returned. His disappearance remained a mystery – until letters began arriving at the homes of his investors.

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The Dragnet

After Daniel Rigmaiden was arrested for a multi-million dollar fraud, he didn’t argue that he was innocent. He wasn’t. But he couldn’t understand how he had been caught. Rigmaiden had covered his tracks meticulously — the only way the cops could’ve found him, he realized, was through some secret tracking device that they had never disclosed to the public.

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The Celebrity Surgeon Who Used Love, Money, and the Pope to Scam an NBC News Producer

Celebrated doctor Paolo Macchiarini was not all that he seemed.

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Trick Play

Australian Rocky Perone, age 21, made his minor league baseball debut with a stolen base in 1974. Except he wasn’t Australian, wasn’t named Rocky Perone and most definitely wasn’t 21.

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Hook, Line, and Sinker

A treasure hunter found the world’s richest shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod. Or at least that’s what he told his investors.

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A Train to Bangladania

How an Italian businessman facing fraud charges and a Brazilian politician turned a billion dollar project to build the high speed Rio-São Paulo rail line into a farce.

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The Illusionist

Al Seckel held legendary parties in the 1980s and 90s, with attendees ranging from Slash to Francis Crick. He later became a collector of optical illusions and gave a TED talk on the topic. He may have also misled and defrauded many of the people he came into contact with.

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The Truth About Dan Bilzerian

The strange, gun-filled life of the “King of Instragram,” a failed NAVY Seal trainee turned poker-playing playboy with an exiled fraudster for a father and two heart attacks already under his belt.

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The Minister Who Went to Jail for Financial-Aid Fraud

Ozel Clifford Brazil was a respected clergyman who helped thousands of African-American teens go to college. He broke the law to do it.

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The Big-Eyed Children: The Extraordinary Story of an Epic Art Fraud

Margaret Keane’s husband stole credit for her iconic paintings, basking in fame and fortune that should have been hers for years. Then she told a reporter the truth.

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How to Succeed in Silicon Valley Without Really Trying

Tech investors gave Seth Bannon, co-founder of the seemingly surging startup Amicus, over four million dollars, despite knowing almost nothing about him.