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Swindled

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Society & Culture
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True Crime
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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.

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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.

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4483 Ratings
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Swindled is the S*#%+!

By LisaSaysWhat? - Feb 11 2020
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Concerned Citizen’s voice is the Chris Hanson of podcast! This show has everything that makes for good ole fashion storytelling. Bravo, CC

Horrible

By Yprice - Feb 11 2020
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I almost had an accident listen this podcast. The host speak in mono tone voice. Be sure to play this when you want something to make you sleep.

iTunes Ratings

4483 Ratings
Average Ratings
3902
164
109
91
217

Swindled is the S*#%+!

By LisaSaysWhat? - Feb 11 2020
Read more
Concerned Citizen’s voice is the Chris Hanson of podcast! This show has everything that makes for good ole fashion storytelling. Bravo, CC

Horrible

By Yprice - Feb 11 2020
Read more
I almost had an accident listen this podcast. The host speak in mono tone voice. Be sure to play this when you want something to make you sleep.
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Swindled

Latest release on Jan 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Madam (Deborah Jeane Palfrey)

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The owner of a Washington D.C. escort agency loses everything after becoming the subject of a federal investigation.

Prelude: Kristin M. Davis, the Manhattan Madam, runs for office after spending time in prison.

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Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Oct 27 2019

56mins

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Rank #2: The GPO Girl (Samantha Azzopardi)

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Australia's "most notorious con woman" adopts multiple aliases to commit crimes around the world.

Prelude: Jerry Joseph leaves Haiti to become a high school basketball star in a small, west Texas town.

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Nov 24 2019

56mins

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Rank #3: The Socialite (Anna Delvey)

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A Russian-born con artist posing as a wealthy German heiress scams businesses and acquaintances in an attempt to develop her own art foundation in New York.

Prelude: Kari Ferrell's Brooklyn exploits earn her the nickname "The Hipster Grifter".

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Jul 07 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)

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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.

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Jan 07 2018

33mins

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Rank #5: The Canal (Love Canal)

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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.

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Jan 21 2018

43mins

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Rank #6: The Downline (Herbalife)

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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.

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Mar 17 2019

53mins

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Rank #7: The Mine (Crandall Canyon Mine)

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A coal mining disaster in Utah places the mine's owner in the media spotlight.

Prelude: The Sago Mine disaster leads to renewed scrutiny on mine safety.

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Nov 10 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)

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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.

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Dec 02 2018

53mins

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Rank #9: The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)

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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.

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Oct 21 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

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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.

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Jul 01 2018

55mins

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Rank #11: The Producer (Joe Francis)

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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.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Apr 01 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #12: The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)

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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.

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Feb 04 2018

42mins

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Rank #13: The Judges (Kids for Cash)

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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.

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Apr 15 2018

50mins

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Rank #14: The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)

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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.

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Feb 03 2019

43mins

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Rank #15: The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)

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A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire.

Prelude: The secrets of faith healer Peter Popoff are revealed.

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May 13 2018

59mins

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Rank #16: The Hitman (Frank Howard)

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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.

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Apr 29 2018

44mins

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Rank #17: The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)

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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.

Prelude: In Australia, Alan Bond is remembered as both a national hero and national disgrace.

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Jan 06 2019

56mins

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Rank #18: The Match (Simon Leviev)

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An international fraudster posing as a wealthy CEO utilizes a popular dating app to scam women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Prelude: Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, an Australian grandmother, meets the man of her dreams online.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Jul 21 2019

48mins

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Rank #19: The Family Business (Doug Pielsticker)

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A successful trucking company is destroyed after it is inherited by the boss' greedy son.

Prelude: Hundreds of Falcon Transport employees are blindsided by the company's sudden closure.

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Oct 13 2019

53mins

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Rank #20: The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)

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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.

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Sep 23 2018

40mins

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