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Swindled

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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The Madam (Deborah Jeane Palfrey)

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. Listen to Susie Bright's full interview with Deborah Jeane Palfrey on In Bed with Susie Bright exclusively on Audible.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

27 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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The Revenger (Hunter Moore)

A middle school dropout embraces his role as "the most hated man on the Internet" after creating a notorious "revenge porn" website called Is Anyone Up. Prelude: Kevin Bollaert becomes the first person convicted under California's revenge porn law.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr

8 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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The GPO Girl (Samantha Azzopardi)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

24 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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The Socialite (Anna Delvey)

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".–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 3mins

7 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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The Canal (Love Canal)

Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagara 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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43mins

21 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33mins

7 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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The Downline (Herbalife)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54mins

17 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)

A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing person cases. Prelude: The rise-and-fall of Miss Cleo and the Psychic Readers Network telephone hotline.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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The Sultan (Anthony Gignac)

A lifelong con artist impersonates a Saudi Arabian prince to live a life of luxury. Prelude: Thomas Noe manages the State of Ohio's $50 million rare coin investment.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53mins

22 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

50mins

21 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

56mins

1 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44mins

3 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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The Producer (Joe Francis)

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 creates a much-maligned reality film titled Bumfights that features amateur stunts performed by homeless people.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 8mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

42mins

4 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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The Judges (Kids for Cash)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

50mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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The Hitman (Frank Howard)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45mins

29 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)

A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire. Prelude: The secrets of faith healer Peter Popoff are revealed.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr

13 May 2018

Rank #17

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The Match (Simon Leviev)

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.Link to the VG report: https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/ –––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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The Family Business (Doug Pielsticker)

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.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------MUSIC: Deformr.com–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53mins

13 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)

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 a national disgrace.–––-–----------------------------------------PATREON: Patreon.com/SwindledDONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/SupportCONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop–––-–----------------------------------------FOLLOW: SwindledPodcast.com Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

6 Jan 2019

Rank #20