Swindled

By A Concerned Citizen

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Subscribers: 976
Reviews: 7

Alan
 Jun 24, 2019
the formula works

PF
 Mar 27, 2019
Great Podcast. Interesting stories and well constructed. Thanks.


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 Jan 20, 2019

trionfale
 Dec 27, 2018
who cares about the monotone...this excellent podcast is about the content! No need for infotainment - just the facts that speak loudly.

Description

Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil. From corruption and fraud to Ponzi schemes and environmental disasters, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.

Episode Date
Bonus: The Refugee (Wyclef Jean)
1123
A between-season bonus episode in which a hip-hop superstar establishes a charitable foundation to benefit his homeland, the Republic of Haiti. Support the show and receive more bonus episodes at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 15, 2019
The Producer (Joe Francis)
4063
A young entrepreneur’s Girls Gone Wild franchise leads to a litany of legal issues related to tax evasion, bribery, and false imprisonment as well as accusations of sexual assault. Prelude: A group of high school students create a much-maligned reality film titled Bumfights that features amateur stunts performed by homeless people. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 01, 2019
The Downline (Herbalife)
3185
<br>A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: Glenn W. Turner’s lifetime of pyramid schemes. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 17, 2019
The Sting (Abscam)
2775
<br>The FBI turns to a career con artist to assist with an undercover sting operation that ensnares multiple members of the United States Congress. Prelude: Mel Weinberg’s lifetime of scams finally catches up with him. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 03, 2019
The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)
3252
A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 17, 2019
The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)
2592
A prominent oral surgeon embarks on a new career path after an addiction to painkillers leads to the loss of his dental license. Prelude: A horrifying discovery is made at the Tri-State Crematory in northwest Georgia. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 03, 2019
The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)
2784
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world. Prelude: Baby milk tainted with an industrial chemical leads to over 300,000 illnesses and 6 deaths in China. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 20, 2019
The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)
3387
An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest running Ponzi schemes in American history. Prelude: In Australia, Alan Bond is remembered as both a national hero and national disgrace. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 06, 2019
The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)
2800
A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman. Prelude: A fallen hero's criminal nature is exposed after he is killed in the line-of-duty. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 16, 2018
The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)
3204
A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing persons cases. Prelude: The rise-and-fall of Miss Cleo and the Psychic Readers Network telephone hotline. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 02, 2018
The Contestant (Charles Ingram)
3235
A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Prelude: Michael Larson's record-breaking performance on Press Your Luck. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 18, 2018
The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)
3632
The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Prelude: Clay Allen Duke seeks vengeance on a superintendent of a Florida school district. Special thanks to Alan Berry &amp; Mark Enochs, the directors of Dead Man's Line. Visit <a href="http://www.deadmansline.com">DeadMansLine.com</a> for more information. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 04, 2018
The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)
3036
A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas. Prelude: The Lapland New Forest Christmas Festival delivers an underwhelming experience. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 21, 2018
The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)
3639
The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme. Prelude: The highs-and-lows of American financier, Michael Marin. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 07, 2018
The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)
2432
An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap. Prelude: A California janitor's case against the owners of a phone booth is labeled as a "frivolous" lawsuit by President Ronald Reagan. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 23, 2018
The Canoe Man (John Darwin)
2913
An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea. Prelude: A New Jersey State Senator starts a new life on the Maldives Islands. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 09, 2018
The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)
3353
A smooth-talking con man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress. Prelude: Horse owners summon "The Sandman" to assist in recovering a portion of their investments. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 01, 2018
The Association (FIFA)
3415
A culture of corruption at the international governing body of soccer has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades. Prelude: Colin Fowles, a local football star, is remembered by his community. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 14, 2018
The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)
3597
A young pharmaceutical company CEO raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America". Prelude: Valeant Pharmaceuticals pioneers a new business model for the pharmaceutical industry. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 28, 2018
The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)
3597
A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire. Prelude: The secrets of faith healer Peter Popoff are revealed. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 13, 2018
The Hitman (Frank Howard)
2673
A quintessential family man embezzles millions of dollars from his employer to fund a love affair and the attempted murder of his wife. Prelude: A multi-millionaire motivational speaker solicits help from Kenneth Minor, a down-and-out man from Harlem, in a plot to collect insurance proceeds. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 29, 2018
The Judges (Kids for Cash)
3039
Two Luzerne County judges are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers. Prelude: Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak is involved in a pay-to-play corruption scandal. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2018
The Leak (Bhopal Gas Disaster)
2693
An American company avoids accountability for its role in an accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The effects of the tragedy have lasted decades, accounting for over 20,000 deaths and half a million injured. Prelude: A cloud of gas sweeps over the Chemical Valley region in West Virginia. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 01, 2018
The Impostor (Jimmy Sabatino)
2440
A serial con man uses multiple aliases and his gift of gab to bilk victims out of millions of dollars worth of hotel rooms, jewelry, clothes, and electronics. Prelude: William Douglas Street Jr. assumes many different roles and professions in an attempt shortcut his way to the top. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 18, 2018
The Treasurer (Budd Dwyer)
2430
An honest, hardworking politician reaches his breaking point after becoming entangled in a bribery scandal. Prelude: A shocking discovery is made after the death of Illinois Secretary of State, Paul Powell. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 04, 2018
The Contraceptive (Dalkon Shield)
2685
A pharmaceutical company looks the other way as its promising new birth control product, the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD), endangers the lives of more than 2 million women around the world. Prelude: A pill scare sweeps the nation as a result of the Nelson Pill Hearings. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 18, 2018
The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)
2560
A bizarre bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania involving a pizza delivery man and an improvised collar bomb leads to a scavenger hunt full of explosions, bodies, and double-crosses. Prelude: The teenage daughter of a wealthy Australian businessman is strapped to a bomb in a brazen extortion attempt. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 04, 2018
The Canal (Love Canal)
2590
Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagra Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster. Prelude: James Denney, a Missouri farmer, makes a deal for a local chemical company to bury its waste on his property. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 21, 2018
The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)
1986
An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever". Prelude: A millionaire art dealer named Forrest Fenn releases clues pertaining to the location of a hidden treasure chest. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 07, 2018
The Horse Queen (Rita Crundwell)
2009
A municipal employee embezzles over $50 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, to support her extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobby. Prelude: History of Ronald Reagan's oft-repeated maxim, "Trust but verify", and its relevance in modern society. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 07, 2018
The Lucky Winner (Eddie Tipton)
2023
An unclaimed, jackpot-winning lottery ticket purchased in Iowa leads to a cross-continent search for the winner. Prelude: Nick Perry, a local TV celebrity in Pittsburgh, rigs the Pennsylvania lottery in a scandal known as the "Triple Six Fix". Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at <a href="http://www.patreon.com/swindled">Patreon.com/Swindled</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 07, 2018