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‘NO, THERE REALLY ISN’T AN AMISH MAFIA.’

By   /  June 22, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

It is fitting that the television production company responsible for the Discovery Channel’s, Amish Mafia, would be named Hot Snakes Media. For the past few years, the New York-based Hot Snakes, which specializes in the artfully phrased “unscripted alternative television” genre, has slithered and sunk its fangs into the homes of millions of Americans every […]

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ESSAY — THE CON MAN by Christiaan A. Hart Nibbrig

By   /  May 6, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

To the con man, the world is divided into three groups: sharks, marks, and the law. Sharks, like himself (and they are mostly men), prey on the marks, while trying to avoid capture by the law, whose aim is to protect the marks and catch the sharks. Ponzi or pyramid schemes are what used to […]

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Son of a Preacher Man: THE TALL TALES OF EPHREN TAYLOR, JR. by Christiaan A. Hart Nibbrig

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

  “Your life is about to change.” Bishop Eddie Long was speaking to a few dozen members of his New Birth Missionary Church congregation in Lithonia, Georgia.  It was a weekday in late October, 2009, and Long had invited a businessman to address the members. The businessman’s name was Ephren Taylor, Jr., 27, who billed […]

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Fraud History: The $500 Million Pyramid — How William Crotts Bankrupted the Baptist Foundation of Arizona

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

One of the most expensive cases of religious affinity fraud in the history of the United States did not start out as one. This fraud, which stole more than $500 million from thousands of trusting, mostly elderly investors, was uncorrupted for many years. But that did not last. Beginning in the late 1980s, and continuing […]

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It took a thief: Eliyahu Weinstein Sentenced to 22 years for $200 million fraud of fellow Orthodox Jews

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

Eliyahu “Eli” Weinstein, a Haredi (Orthodox) Jewish man from Lakewood, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison on multiple federal fraud charges. Weinstein was sentenced on two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of money laundering. U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano also ordered Weinstein to pay $215.4 […]

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The Lyin’ King: Gerald Payne and the Greater Ministries International $500 Million Fraud

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

      To the con man, the world is divided into three groups: sharks, marks, and the law. Sharks, like himself (and they are mostly men), prey on the marks, while trying to avoid capture by the law, whose aim is to protect the marks and catch the sharks. Ponzi, or pyramid, schemes are […]

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PONZI: Source of the Scam

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Fraud News America Articles  /  No Comments

In the spring of 1920, if you lived in the Boston metropolitan area, and someone had approached you about a potential “Ponzi” investment, you likely would have considered yourself a very fortunate person. It is also likely that you would put everything you had (and what you could borrow) into Ponzi’s plan. The man, whose […]

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