Robert L. FitzPatrick
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Fitzpatrick's interest in pyramid schemes was sparked in the 1980s when he joined a business with a multi-level, direct-sales model. While Fitzpatrick didn't lose money, he did witness first-hand how one could get sucked into what he called, "delusional behavior."
FitzPatrick is the co-author of the self-published book False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes (ISBN 0-964879-514), a 1997 critical book that examines the multi-level marketing industry.
FitzPatrick has been featured on Fraud Squad TV, ABC World News and WTTW's Chicago Matters. He has been interviewed live on CBC's Marketplace. He has been quoted in newspapers and journals, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
- "Fraud Library - Pyramid & Ponzi Schemes Fraud". Fraud Squad TV. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "ABC News - Multimillion Dollar Scam Exploits Women". ABC World News Archive. Archived from the original on 2004-08-03. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- Robert FitzPatrick | Pyramid Scheme Alert
- "False Profits - Robert L FitzPatrick - Book - Barnes & Noble". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "WTTW Chicago Matters - Money Talks - Is It a Pyramid Scheme". WTTW Archive. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "Easy Money - Buying Into the Pitch to Become Rich - CBC News Marketplace". CBC Marketplace. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- "In Echoes Of Madoff, Ponzi Cases Proliferate (1-28-2009)". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-26.[dead link]
- Maremont, Mark (2006-03-01). "Online 'Autosurf' Scams Use Legal Businesses to Flourish - Partial Article (3-1-2006)". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- Zimmerman, Eilene (2009-03-15). "Direct Sales as a Recession Fallback - NY Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- Official website
- Robert L. FitzPatrick Official False Profits Blog
- Pyramid Scheme Alert - Homepage
- Robert L. FitzPatrick Interview on Charlotte Talks Radio Show (12-4-2006)
- Robert L. FitzPatrick Interview - ZenBiz Radio
- Robert L. FitzPatrick - Speech at the annual meeting of the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists in San Francisco (September, 2006)