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Fraud Quotes of the Day

8/12/16 “It depends on the definition of what that means, ‘handpicked.’”

— Donald J. Trump during his sworn deposition testimony, December, 2015.  Trump testified that he had never met any of his “handpicked” instructors for his unaccredited Trump “University.”

8/10/16  “I play to people’s fantasies.  People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.”

— Donald J. Trump, from his book, The Art of the Deal.

8/04/16  “[A]n examination of voter fraud claims reveal that voter fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent, and much of the of the problems associated with alleged fraud in elections relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators.”

“The Truth About Fraud,” Justin Levitt, Brennen Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

8/03/16 “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
— Donald J. Trump, GOP Presidential candidate, who received five draft deferments, on war hero Sen. John McCain, who was shot down and captured in Vietnam — and refused early release to stay with his men.

8/02/16  “I alone can fix it.”

— Donald J. Trump, Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016.

7/31/2015  “Your honor, I have to be very candid with you, I’m guilty.”
— John Star, aka “Elvis Ized,” captured fugitive pleading guilty to mortgage fraud.

7/01/2015:  “I don’t understand the question.”

— Rachel Dolezal (1977-) white former Spokane NAACP president, responding to question, “Are you African-American?”

8/22/2014:  “Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.”

— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish writer.

8/20/2014:  “Perplexed and troubled at his bad success The Tempter stood, nor had what to reply, Discovered in his fraud, thrown from his hope.”

— John Milton (1608-1674), English writer, from: Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 1.)

8/19/2014:  “Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.”

— Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian fascist.

8/18/2014:  “May the United Nations ever be vigilant and potent to defeat the swallowing up of any nation, at any time, by any means-by armies with banners, by force or by fraud, by tricks or by midnight treachery.”

— Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902-1985), former American Senator, Ambassador

8/17/2014:  “Fraud and deceit are ever in a hurry. Take time for all things. Great haste makes great waste.”

— Benjamin Franklin, American statesman, writer, inventor.

8/16/2014:   “There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.”

— Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853), English Clergyman.

8/15/2014:   “It is with pious fraud as with a bad action; it begets a calamitous necessity of going on.”

— Thomas Paine, English-American writer

8/14/2014:  Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.”

— Phaedrus, (15 BC – 50 AD) Roman writer

8/13/2014:  Why do they [Americans] quarrel, why do they hate Negroes, Indians, even Germans, why do they not have science and poetry commensurate with themselves, why are there so many frauds and so much nonsense?”

— Dmitri Mendeleev, 1834-1907, Russian chemist/inventor

8/12/2014:   “A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.”

— George Santayana, Spanish-American writer/philosopher

8/10/2014:   “At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we’ll all be paying for until the end of time.”

— Matt Taibbi, American writer.

8/08/2104:   “There’s always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you’re a fraud after all!”

— Ben Stiller, American actor.

8/07/2014:  “No God and no religion can survive ridicule. No political church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in a fair field, and live.”

— Mark Twain, American writer

8/06/2014:   “All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

— Edgar Allan Poe, American writer.

8/05/2014:  “Fraud includes the pretense of knowledge when knowledge there is none.”

— Benjamin Cardozo, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

8/04/2014:  “Florida’s number three industry, behind tourism and skin cancer, is voter fraud.”

— Dave Barry, American writer

8/03/2104:   “All frauds, like the wall daubed with untempered mortar … always tend to the decay of what they are devised to support.”

— Richard Whately (1787-1863), English theologian, rhetorician

8/02/2014:   “So glistened the dire Snake, and into fraud led Eve, our credulous mother, to the Tree Of Prohibition, root of all our woe.”

— John Milton, British writer. from Paradise Lost.

8/01/2014:  “I no longer believe that William Shakespeare the actor from Stratford was the author of the works that have been ascribed to him.”

— Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychoanalyst, writer.

7/31/2014:  “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right-to-work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Leader, Minister.

7/30/2014:  “For the most part fraud in the end secures for its companions repentance and shame.”

— Charles Simmons, American writer, editor.

7/29/2014:  “I cannot marry the facts of William Shakespeare to his verse: Other men had led lives in some sort of keeping with their thought, but this man is in wide contrast.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer, philosopher.

7/28/2014:  “They look upon fraud as a greater crime than theft,…”

— Jonathan Swift, Irish writer, from Gulliver’s Travels.

7/27/2014:  “Tis my opinion that every man cheats in his way, and he is only honest who is not discovered.”

— Susannah Centlivre, 17th Century English poet, playwright, actor.

7/26/2014:  “Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.”

— Sophocles, Great Greek.

7/25/2014:    “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

— Sophocles, Great Greek.

7/24/2014:  “Most artists think they’re frauds anyway.”

— John Milius, American writer, director, producer.

7/23/2014:   “When people learn—as I doubt they will—that they can’t get something for nothing, crime will diminish and we shall live in greater harmony.”

— Joseph “Yellow Kid” Weil, infamous American fraudster (1875-1976).

7/22/2014:  “The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud.”

— John Kenneth Galbraith, American economist.

7/21/2014:  “There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims … The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.”

— Lynda Chalker, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, British politician.

7/20/2014:  “Surely I’m not the only person to ask the obvious question: How different, really, is Mr. Madoff’s tale from the story of the investment industry as a whole?”

— Paul. R. Krugman, American economist, writer.

7/19/2014:  “Are you astonished Aulus, that our friend Fabullinus is so frequently deceived? A good man has always something to learn in regard to fraud.

— Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor.

7/18/2014:  “Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.”

— Edmund Burke, Irish statesman and philosopher.

7/17/2014:  “The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather, of that party, not necessarily the majority, that succeeds by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”

— Lord Acton.  Writer, Historian, Member of British Parliament

7/16/2014:  “Force and fraud in war are the two cardinal virtues.”

— Thomas Hobbes, English Philosopher.

7/15/2014:  “His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth.”

— William Shakespeare, Two Gentleman of Verona.

7/14/2014:  “Style is a fraud. I always thought the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.”

— Willem de Kooning, Dutch artist.

7/13/2014:”If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher.  

7/12/2014:  As long as the fraudsters responsible for the financial crises — the banksters — go unpunished criminally, the message from the top is that crime pays, and that one doesn’t pay for it.”

— Christiaan A. Hart Nibbrig, Editor, FraudNewsAmerica.com

7/11/2014:  “I regard psychiatry as fifty percent bunk, thirty percent fraud, ten percent parrot talk, and the remaining ten percent just a fancy lingo for the common sense we have had for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, if we ever had the guts to read.”

— Raymond Chandler, American-British writer

7/10/2014:  “The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that.”

— Pearl Bailey, American actress and singe

7/09/2014:  “The documented incidences of voter fraud are very rare, yet throughout the country, forces have mobilized in over 30 states to stop it. These efforts are very partisan.”

— John Lewis, United States Congressman.

7/08/2014:  “There is no doubt that the Internet brims with spamming, scamming and identity fraud. Having someone wipe out your hard drive or bank account has never been easier, and the tools for committing electronic mischief on your enemies are cheap and widely accessible.”

— Evgeny Morozov, Russian writer.

7/07/2014:  “Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.”

— Jean Luc-Godard, French film director.

7/06/2014:  “The challenge for capitalism is that the things that breed trust also breed the environment for fraud.”

— James Surowiecki, Business and Finance writer (The New Yorker).

7/05/2015:  “It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning..”

— Henry Ford, American entrepenuer.

7/04/2014 “The single most remarkable (and revealing) fact of the Obama presidency may very well be the lack of a single prosecution of Wall Street executives for the massive fraud that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis.”

— Glenn Greenwald, Journalist.

 7/03/2014:  “Any informed borrower is simply less vulnerable to fraud and abuse.”

— Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.

7/02/2014:  Never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump.”

— W.C. Fields, actor-comedian, from 1939 film, “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man.”

7/01/2014:   “No one will find me to have knowingly committed fraud.”

— Bernard Ebbers, convicted fraudster.

6/30/2014:  “For when success a lover’s toil attends,/Few ask, if fraud or force attain’d his ends.”

— Alexander Pope, English poet.

6/29/2014:  “Media corporations have a responsibility not only to prevent fraud and financial abuse, but also not to corrupt and degrade our culture.”

— Charles W. Pickering,  former federal judge.

6/28/2014:  “Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.”

— Samuel Johnson, English writer.

6/27/2014:   “All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.”

— H.L. Mencken, writer.

6/26/2014:  “Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.”

— Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize-winning chemist.

6/24/2014:  “With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.”

— Otto von Bismark, German statesman.

6/23/2014:  “Nothing is certain but death, taxes and prosecution if you don’t pay your taxes.”

— U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, after winning tax evasion convictions against a San Diego doctor and his wife.

6/22/2014:  “Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.”

— Sophocles, bigtime Greek .

6/21/2014:  “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

— Sophocles, Greek writer.

6/20/2014:  “Mr. Taylor came into our community, promising hard-working citizens a way to make their retirement money go farther, The investments he pitched proved to be worthless, along with his promises.”

— United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates on arrest of phony preacher/entrepeneur, Ephren Taylor, Jr., charged with stealing millions from mega-church members, including the church of Eddie Long.

6/18/2014:  “I don’t know what I’m doing here.  I don’t think I committed a fraud.

— Humberto Aguilar, convicted, and admitted, drug money launderer.

6/17/2014:  “I like the NSA.  They are the only part of the U.S. Government that will listen.”

— Marc Goodman, Global Cyber Crime and Security superstar.

6/16/2014:  “The State Department said the countries that are most stealing our best ideas also are our best allies.”  

—  Louis J. Freeh, former FBI Director, federal judge, currently a lawyer and consultant.

6/15/2014:  “The fraudster’s greatest liability is the certainty that the fraud is too clever to be detected. “

— Louis J. Freeh, former FBI director, federal judge, current lawyer and consultant.

6/14/2014:  “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”

MARGARET MEAD, eminent American Anthropologist.

6/13/2014:  “Politicians who are investigated for corruption should really be investigated for high treason. People who steal [public money] should be sent home.” 

ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MATTEO RENZI, after several public officials, including Giorgio Orsini, now ex-Mayor of Venice, were arrested on various fraud and corruption charges.

6/12/2014:  “At 73 years old, the last place I ever thought I’d be was in a federal courthouse, about to be sentenced by a federal judge for stupid, arrogant and criminal acts.”

JOSEPH LOMBARDO, FORMER NBA PLAYERS UNION ATTORNEY, at his sentencing for forgery. Lombardo received a year-and-a-half for forging a signature that gave him a $300,000 annual raise.


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