In 1932, notorious gangster Al Capone aka Scar Face was finally caught and sent to prison. But it wasn't his gang activities, bootlegging operations, or the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that got him caught - it was tax evasion!
Did you know Dane Cook's half-brother and business partner stole millions from the comic?
In the 90s, Dane Cook's comedy career was kicking off, and he convinced his half-brother to come work for hiim as his business manager. As Dane's success conotinued to grow - so did his bank account. So, his half-brother decided to take some of that money for himself - well, $12 million to be exact.
Psychic Gina Marks may have gotten away with fraud if it wasn’t for a stylish investigator even she didn’t see coming!
Her go-to move was telling clients that they were possessed by evil spirits, but the curse could be broken through some impeccable logic on her part: since money is the root of all evil, they should give her a bunch of money, she would transfer the evil from the client to the money, and then she would cleanse it at an altar and pay them back (she never paid them back). Gina avoided trouble with the law for a long time, until… one Bob Nygaard entered her life.
If you think you make useless purchases, at least you haven’t been conned by George C. Parker, the man who repeatedly sold the Brooklyn Bridge. You may have heard the saying “and if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you” probably from your dad, but who was it that actually tried to con people into thinking they were buying the Brooklyn bridge?
Weirdly, several people. William McCloundy, Reed Waddell, the Gondorf brothers (who The Sting is based on)... But most famously in the late 1800s, was a native New Yorker named George C. Parker, though he went by many other names throughout his career as a con man.
How did Lawrence Salander con some of Hollywood's elite?
Lawrence Salander started working in the art world in his 20s. After moving to New York, he started his own gallery on the Upper East Side. He was highly respected in the art community - doing work with names like John McEnroe and Robert De Niro. Turns out these clients shouldn't have trusted him!
This is the story of how con artist Fred Demara actually saved lives while imitating a Naval surgeon during the Korean war (why would he do that, you ask? He does have a great answer)!
In 1951, a young doctor named Joseph Cyr sailed out as a Naval surgeon during the Korean War.One little thing: Joseph Cyr was back home in Canada, watching Degrassi or whatever, and the man on the ship was notorious con artist Fred Demara imitating him.
February 10, 2023
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