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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.


Ivory Tower Phony?

Sex, lies and fraud alleged at West Virginia University.


The Honey Launderers

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


Dead Sea Scrolls Go to Court

A scholarly dispute devolves into criminal impersonation.


Rita Crundwell and the Dixon Embezzlement

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


Plasenzuela's Dirty Secrets

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


A Vintage Crime

The man who made millions selling counterfeit wines.


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.


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.


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.


Damned Yankee

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


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.


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.