American Fraudsters

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Rank the Most Wicked American Fraudsters

 1 Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff
Famous As: Stockbroker, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York

 2 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes
Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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 3 Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale
Famous As: Impostor, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle

Frank Abagnale’s life story inspired the film Catch Me If You Can. He was a con man, imposter and did check forgery from the age 15 to 21. He assumed the identities of an airline pilot, a physician and a lawyer, among others. He was eventually arrested and after spending few years in prison started working for the federal government.

 4 Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht
Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Ross Ulbricht, or "Dread Pirate Roberts,” created the dark market site Silk Road, which let people make anonymous drug deals, using bitcoins. He was eventually convicted of a number of crimes, including hacking and money laundering, and was sentenced to a double life imprisonment plus 40 years without parole.

 5 H. H. Holmes

H.H. Holmes
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gilmanton, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died: 1896 AD
American serial killer H.H. Holmes was sentenced to death for the murder of his accomplice Benjamin Pitezel but confessed to 27 murders and might have killed almost 200 people. He had set up a hotel, later known as the Murder Castle, specifically for this purpose. He inspired a bestselling book.

 6 Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli
Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: March 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Martin Shkreli, founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, received a 7-year prison sentence for securities fraud after he secured the manufacturing license for Daraprim and raised its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He had bought the only copy of the album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

 7 Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier
Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: December 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: June 19, 2017
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 8 Henry Hill

Henry Hill
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 12, 2012
Henry Hill was a mobster from New York’s Lucchese crime family, who later testified against his former associates. His life inspired the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and the film Goodfellas. He was associated with crimes such as gambling, drug trafficking, and high-profile robberies at the JFK Airport.

 9 Danny Porush

Danny Porush
Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: January 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lawrence, New York

Entrepreneur and former stock broker Daniel Mark Porush, better known as Danny Porush, was convicted of fraud and money laundering at Stratton Oakmont, a brokerage house. Following his 39-month prison sentence, he began working with Med-Care. He inspired the character Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street.

 10 Arnold Rothstein

Arnold Rothstein
Famous As: Racketeer
Birthdate: January 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: nhattan, New York City, New York
Died: November 6, 1928

Arnold Rothstein, or the Brain, was a racketeer, gambler, and businessman who later became a leader of New York’s Jewish crime circuit. He had reportedly fixed the 1919 World Series. He inspired several fictional characters, including Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby. He was murdered for declining a poker-related payment.

 11 Lou Pearlman

Lou Pearlman
Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: June 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Died: August 19, 2016

Lou Pearlman was a record producer and creator of successful boy bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. In 2006, Pearlman was accused of running a Ponzi scheme. After pleading guilty to money laundering, conspiracy, and making false statements, Lou Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Pearlman was the subject of the 2019 documentary, The Boy Band Con

 12 Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Great Falls, Montana, USA

 13 Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche
Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: February 12, 2019

 14 Andrew Fastow

Andrew Fastow
Famous As: Former CFO of Enron
Birthdate: December 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

 15 Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort
Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut, United States

Paul Manafort is an American former lobbyist, lawyer, political consultant, and convicted bank fraudster. As a political consultant, he served as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush. He is also credited with co-founding a lobbying firm called Black, Manafort & Stone.

 16 Lee Israel

Lee Israel
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 24, 2014

 17 Allen Stanford

Allen Stanford
Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: March 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexia, Texas, United States

 18 Carlos Marcello

Carlos Marcello
Famous As: Boss of New Orleans crime family
Birthdate: February 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
Died: March 3, 1993

 19 Denny McLain

Denny McLain
Famous As: Professional Baseball Player
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Markham, Illinois, United States

 20 Walter Keane

Walter Keane
Famous As: Real-Estate Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: December 27, 2000

 21 Charles Albright

Charles Albright
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, USA

 22 Bhaktipada

Famous As: Guru
Birthdate: September 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, USA
Died: October 24, 2011

Vaishnava guru and New Vrindaban co-founder Kirtanananda Swami, better known as Bhaktipada, was born into a Baptist family. In spite of receiving a fellowship to study at Columbia University, he quit academics and joined ISKCON instead. He was later expelled from ISKCON after he was found guilty of child molestation.

 23 Jeb Stuart Magruder

Jeb Stuart Magruder
Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: November 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Died: May 11, 2014

 24 James McDougal

James McDougal
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: White County, Arkansas, United States
Died: March 8, 1998