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Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar crime and corporate greed. From embezzlements, corruption, frauds, con men, and Ponzi schemes to devastating environmental disasters and economic depressions, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.

Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar crime and corporate greed. From embezzlements, corruption, frauds, con men, and Ponzi schemes to devastating environmental disasters and economic depressions, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.
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United States

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Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar crime and corporate greed. From embezzlements, corruption, frauds, con men, and Ponzi schemes to devastating environmental disasters and economic depressions, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Producer (Joe Francis)

3/31/2019
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:04:13

The Downline (Herbalife)

3/17/2019
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A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: The peaks and valleys of Glenn W. Turner’s pyramid schemes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:05

The Sting (Abscam)

3/3/2019
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:45

The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)

2/17/2019
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A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:41

The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)

2/3/2019
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:42

The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)

1/20/2019
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An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:54

The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)

1/6/2019
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An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest running Ponzi schemes in American history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:57

The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)

12/16/2018
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A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:10

The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)

12/2/2018
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A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing persons cases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:54

The Contestant (Charles Ingram)

11/18/2018
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A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:24

The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)

11/4/2018
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The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Special thanks to Alan Berry & Mark Enochs, the directors of Dead Man's Line. Visit DeadMansLine.com for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:02

The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)

10/21/2018
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A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:05

The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)

10/7/2018
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The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:09

The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)

9/23/2018
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An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:02

The Canoe Man (John Darwin)

9/9/2018
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An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:03

The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

7/1/2018
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A smooth-talking con man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:23

The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

6/30/2018
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A smooth-talking con man who preys on wealthy widows and divorcees becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress. Prelude: Affluent horse owners summon "The Sandman" to assist them in recovering a portion of their investments. Website: SwindledPodcast.com Twitter: @SwindledPodcast Facebook: fb.com/SwindledPodcast Instagram: @SwindledPodcast SUPPORT THE SHOW Gain access to exclusive bonus episodes, early access to new episodes...

Duration:00:53:23

The Association (FIFA)

6/14/2018
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A culture of corruption at the international governing body of soccer has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:25

The Association (FIFA)

6/13/2018
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A culture of corruption at FIFA, 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. Website: SwindledPodcast.com Twitter: @SwindledPodcast Facebook: fb.com/SwindledPodcast Instagram: @SwindledPodcast SUPPORT THE SHOW Gain access to exclusive bonus episodes, early access to new episodes (with no advertisements), and free merch by contributing a few bucks...

Duration:00:53:25

The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)

5/28/2018
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A young pharmaceutical company CEO raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:27