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list of notable individuals who exploited . confidence tricks
Born in the 18th century or earlier [ edit ]
William Chaloner (1650s/1665 – 1699): Serial counterfeiter and confidence trickster proven guilty by Sir Isaac Newton [1 ]
Gregor MacGregor (1786–1845): Scottish con man who tried to attract investment and settlers for the non-existent country of "Poyais" [2 ]
Born or active in the 19th century [ edit ]
Born or active in the 20th century [ edit ]
Living people [ edit ]
Frank Abagnale (1948): U.S. check forger and impostor; his autobiography was made into the movie Catch Me If You Can [14 ]
Sergio Cragnotti (1940): Former Italian industrialist and president of a football team who masterminded the Cirio bankruptcy.
Ali Dia (1965): Senegalese semi-professional footballer, duped the manager of Premier League team Southampton into signing him after posing as World Player of The Year George Weah in a phone call in which he convinced the manager to sign Dia to a contract. [15 ]
Marc Dreier (1950): Founder of attorney firm Dreier LLP. Convicted of selling approximately $700 million worth of fictitious promissory notes, and other crimes. [16 ]
Kevin Foster (1958/59): British investment fraudster, convicted of running a Ponzi scheme. [17 ]
Robert Hendy-Freegard (1971): Briton who kidnapped people by impersonating an MI5 agent and conned them out of money. [18 ]
James Arthur Hogue (1959): U.S. impostor who most famously entered Princeton University by posing as a self-taught orphan [19 ]
Brian Kim: Hedge fund manager who pleaded guilty to Ponzi scheme, passport fraud, and other crimes. [20 ] [21 ]
Sante Kimes: Convicted of fraud, robbery, murder, and over 100 other crimes [22 ]
Steven Kunes (1956): Former television screenwriter convicted for forgery, grand theft, and false use of financial information. He attempted to sell a faked interview with [23 ] J. D. Salinger to magazine. People [24 ] [25 ]
Bernard Madoff (1938): Former American stock broker and non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market who admitted to the operation of the largest Ponzi scheme in history. [26 ]
Matt the Knife (1981): American-born con artist, card cheat and pickpocket who, from the ages of approximately 14 through 21, bilked dozens of casinos, corporations and at least one Mafia crime family. [27 ] [28 ] [29 ]
Barry Minkow (1967): Known for the ZZZZ Best scam. [30 ]
Richard Allen Minsky (1944): Scammed female victims for sex by pretending to be jailed family members over the phone. [31 ]
Lou Pearlman (1954): Former boy band impresario, convicted for perpetrating a large and long-running Ponzi scheme. [32 ]
Steven Jay Russell (1957): Georgia police officer who impersonated several individuals to escape from a Texas prison; embezzled from the North American Medical Management corporation. Inspired a movie titled: " I Love You Phillip Morris" [33 ]
Calisto Tanzi (1938): Former Italian industrialist and president of Parmalat, which he led to one of the costliest bankruptcies in history.
Kevin Trudeau (1963): US writer and billiards promoter, convicted of fraud and larceny, known for late-night infomercials and books about "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About". [34 ] [35 ] [36 ]
Alessandro Zarrelli (1984): Italian amateur footballer who Faxed clubs in the United Kingdom posing as an Italian Football Federation official who was offering a young professional player (himself) for a cultural exchange loan. He signed a short term deal with one club and trained with several more before being caught out by a Sky TV documentary team. [37 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; Paul Hopkins and Stuart Handley, 'Chaloner, William (d. 1699)'
^ "Document of the Month January 2005". The Scottish Executive. January 2005 . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ a b Maurer, David W. (1940). The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man and the Confidence Game. Bobbs Merrill. OCLC 1446571.
^ Byrnes, Thomas (1886), , New York: Cassell & Company, pp. 200–201 Professional Criminals of America .
^ Jay, Ricky (February 2011), Grifters, Bunco Artists & Flimflam Men, Wired 19 (2): 92 .
^ Johnson, James F.; Miller, Floyd (1961). "The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower". Doubleday.
^ Cohen, Gabriel (27 November 2005). "For You, Half Price". The New York Times . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ Zuckoff, Mitchell (March 8, 2005). "Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend". Random House. ISBN 1-4000-6039-7.
^ Smith, Jeff (2009). Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel, Klondike Research. ISBN 0-9819743-0-9
^ "Arrest of the Confidence Man". New York Herald. 1849 . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ Weil, Joseph (1948). "Yellow Kid" Weil: The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler. Ziff-Davis. ISBN 0-7812-8661-1.
^ "The Fund Industry's Black Eye". Brian Trumbore, StocksandNews.com. 2002-04-19 . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ "Natwarlal leaves ’em guessing even in death". Hindustan Times. 29 July 2009 . Retrieved 3 August 2012.
^ Frank W. Abagnale Jr.; Stan Redding (1980). Catch Me if You Can. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-64091-7.
^ Gibbs, Thom (7 February 2011). "Five terrible debuts to make Fernando Torres feel better". The Daily Telegraph (London).
^ "N.Y. lawyer arraigned in alleged $700M fraud". CNNMoney.com. March 19, 2009 . Retrieved 2011-02-14.
^ "KF Concept £34 million Ponzi scheme organiser convicted". Serious Fraud Office. 9 March 2010 . Retrieved 7 July 2011.
^ "Fake spy guilty of kidnapping con". BBC. 2005-06-23 . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ "Princeton 'Student' Gets Jail Sentence". . 1992-10-25 The New York Times . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ "Hedge Fund Founder Kim Gets Five to 15 Years for Scheme". Businessweek.com . Retrieved October 13, 2014.
^ "Ex-NY hedge fund head who fled admits $4M swindle". Crain's New York Business. March 16, 2012 . Retrieved October 13, 2014.
^ "Life Terms For Pair ''The New York Times, 3/22/2005''". Los Angeles (Calif); New York City: New York Times. 2005-03-22 . Retrieved 2011-04-10.
^ Hayden, Tyler (31 March 2011). "A Tale Stranger Than Fiction". Santa Barbara Independent . Retrieved 4 August 2014.
^ Associated Press "Lawsuit by Salinger muzzles his imitator" November 5, 1982, p. 65, col. 1 Ottawa Citizen
^ "J.D. Salinger in Accord On Impersonation Suit". The New York Times. 6 November 1982.
^ "Madoff Confessed $50 Billion Fraud Before FBI Arrest". Bloomberg. 2008-12-12 . Retrieved 26 August 2010.
^ "American Voices". American Voices. October 12, 2008.
^ Schwartz, Dan (August 2007). "From Grifter To Guinness". Providence Monthly: 14.
^ Perry, Rachel (January 17, 2007). "Matt The Knife: Fire-Teething Never Looked So Good". Play (Philadelphia Edition): 10–12.
^ Leung, Rebecca (May 22, 2005). "It Takes One To Know One". 60 Minutes . . http://www.cbsnews.com/news/it-takes-one-to-know-one-19-05-2005/
^ Gorman, Anna (2001-12-01). "Rapist in Sex Scam Case Sentenced to Life in Prison". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 2010-06-27.
^ Liston, Barbara (2008-05-21). "Boy band mogul Pearlman sentenced to 25 years". Reuters . Retrieved 2009-04-09.
^ "Master Manipulator". . 2003-07-03 Texas Observer . Retrieved 19 August 2007.
^ John Stossel; Glenn Ruppel; Frank Mastropolo (January 20, 2006). "King Con – Selling Questionable Cures?" . Retrieved 2011-02-14.
^ Warner, Melanie (August 28, 2005). "After Jail and More, Salesman Scores Big With Cure-All Book". New York Times.
^ "FTC: Marketer Kevin Trudeau Violated Prior Court Order". Federal Trade Commission. September 14, 2007 . Retrieved 2011-02-14.
^ "Alert over Italian soccer 'star. '" BBC News. 10 October 2005.