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Swindled

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Rank #55 in True Crime category

Society & Culture
History
Documentary
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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2986 Ratings
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103

Addictive

By __nic_nac__ - Sep 11 2019
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I’m addicted to this podcast! Great content and story telling. Gimme more!

Love this podcast

By Angesky - Sep 09 2019
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Great whit and story telling, thorough research!

iTunes Ratings

2986 Ratings
Average Ratings
2636
124
67
56
103

Addictive

By __nic_nac__ - Sep 11 2019
Read more
I’m addicted to this podcast! Great content and story telling. Gimme more!

Love this podcast

By Angesky - Sep 09 2019
Read more
Great whit and story telling, thorough research!
Cover image of Swindled

Swindled

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #55 in True Crime category

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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.

Rank #1: 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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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Mar 17 2019
53 mins
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Rank #2: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Jan 07 2018
33 mins
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Rank #3: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Jan 21 2018
43 mins
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Rank #4: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Dec 02 2018
53 mins
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Rank #5: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Apr 29 2018
44 mins
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Rank #6: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Oct 21 2018
50 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #8: 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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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Feb 03 2019
43 mins
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Rank #9: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Apr 15 2018
50 mins
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Rank #10: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Sep 23 2018
40 mins
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Rank #11: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Feb 04 2018
42 mins
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Rank #12: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Jul 01 2018
55 mins
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Rank #13: The Sting (Abscam)

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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.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Mar 03 2019
46 mins
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Rank #14: 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. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled

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Jan 06 2019
56 mins
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Rank #15: The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)

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A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals.

Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Feb 17 2019
54 mins
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