Fraudsters

Fraudsters intentionally deceive people for personal gain and commit fraudulent acts by lying to their victims. The mode of operation for such individuals is to contact victims posing to be someone from a government office or a company and trick them into providing information which can then be used to the fraudsters advantage. The fraudsters also attack their victim’s computers to get the private data which can help them access personal and financial information relating to their victim’s. When fraudsters plan to deceive the government, it is regarded as government fraud. When an employee deceives his company, it is considered as employee fraud. There are several instances where fraudsters have deceived people through telemarketing system and online dating sites. Online shopping is an area where fraudsters make customers their victims very easily. Getting personal information by offering financial products is another way through which fraudsters conduct their operation. Tricks like advance-fee frauds are very common to deceive people. In such cases, fraudsters offer victims a large amount of cash as a return of a specific amount of money deposited to them. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most dreaded fraudsters.
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 1 
H. H. Holmes
(Serial Killer)

H. H. Holmes
42
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gilmanton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 7, 1896
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.

 2 
Frank Abagnale
(Impostor, Fraudster)

Frank Abagnale
36
Birthdate: April 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States

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.

 3 
Jordan Belfort
(Author of 'The Wolf of Wall Street')

Jordan Belfort
31
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
The former stock broker, who was convicted for stock-market manipulation and cheating several investors, Jordan Belfort spent 22 months in prison before he was released and altered his way of living. Using his life experiences, he became a motivational speaker and also authored two memoirs, one of which, The Wolf of Wall Street, was adapted into an award winning film.
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 4 
Ross Ulbricht
(Drug Trafficker)

Ross Ulbricht
15
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.
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 5 
Arnold Rothstein
(Racketeer)

Arnold Rothstein
6
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.

 6 
Anna Delvey
(Fraudster)

Anna Delvey
18
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Russian-born German citizen Anna Sorokin made headlines when she was convicted of duping people by posing as a fictitious heiress named Anna Delvey. She would dine at fancy restaurants and check into luxury hotels, making her companions pay for her and then wouldn’t pay them back. She inspired a Netflix drama.
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 7 
Danny Porush
(Fraudster)

Danny Porush
2
Birthdate: 1991 AD, 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.

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 8 
Charles Ponzi
(Con Artist)

Charles Ponzi
6
Birthdate: March 3, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: January 18, 1949

Charles Ponzi was an Italian con artist and swindler who operated in Canada and the USA. He is best remembered for his money-making scheme in which he paid his earlier investors using the money given to him by later investors. Although this type of swindling investment scheme existed before Ponzi's time, it came to be known as a Ponzi scheme.

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 9 
William M. Tweed
(Member of the New York Senate from the 4th district (1868-73))

William M. Tweed
0
Birthdate: April 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 1878

William M. Tweed was an American politician best known for serving as the boss of Tammany Hall, which had a major influence on the political scene of 19th-century New York State. He was later convicted for stealing millions of dollars from New York City taxpayers. His life and career inspired several films, such as Up in Central Park and Liberty.

 10 
Lee Israel
(Author)

Lee Israel
0
Birthdate: December 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 24, 2014

Starting as a freelance writer, Lee Israel later penned bestselling biographies of personalities such as Tallulah Bankhead and Estée Lauder. She made headlines when she admitted to forging works of deceased authors and actors to make money. Her memoir, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, was later turned into a film.

 11 
Paul Le Roux
(Conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States)

Paul Le Roux
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 12 
Allen Stanford
(Financier)

Allen Stanford
0
Birthdate: March 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexia, Texas, United States

 13 
Peter Popoff
(Televangelism)

Peter Popoff
1
Birthdate: July 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Peter Popoff is a German-born American faith healer, debunked clairvoyant, and televangelist. Popoff used a concealed earpiece to receive information about people suffering from ailments during his religious services and claimed that God divulged the information to him. The scam was exposed in 1986 and led to the creation of several works of art, including the film Leap of Faith.

 14 
Andrew Fastow
(Former CFO of Enron)

Andrew Fastow
2
Birthdate: December 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

 15 
Robert L. Vesco
(American financier)

Robert L. Vesco
0
Birthdate: December 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: November 23, 2007

 16 
Nirav Modi
(Diamond business bank fraud, wanted by Interpol)

Nirav Modi
1
Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palanpur, Gujarat, India

 17 

Bhaktipada
2
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.

 18 
Ryan Leaf
(American Football Player)

Ryan Leaf
3
Birthdate: May 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Great Falls, Montana, USA

 19 
Martin Guerre
(Fraudster)

Martin Guerre
0
Birthdate: 1524 AD
Birthplace: Hendaye, France
Died: 1560 AD

 20 
Anna Anderson
(Impostor)

Anna Anderson
5
Birthdate: December 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Borowihlas, Pomerania, Germany [now Borowy Las, Pomorskie, Poland]
Died: February 12, 1984

 21 
Jasiel Correia
(44th Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts)

Jasiel Correia
1
Birthdate: December 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

 22 
Curveball
(Defense Intelligence Agency cryptonym)

Curveball
0
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Iraq

 23 
Martin Shkreli
(Former Hedge Fund Manager and Convicted Felon)

Martin Shkreli
15
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.

 24 
Elizabeth Holmes
(Former CEO of Health Technology Company 'Theranos' Who Was Convicted of Fraud)

Elizabeth Holmes
126
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Elizabeth Holmes is a former businesswoman who is credited with founding the now-defunct health technology company Theranos . It was later revealed that Elizabeth Holmes had deceived her investors with false claims. The rise and fall of her company inspired a book titled Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.

 25 
Walter Keane
(Plagiarist)

Walter Keane
3
Birthdate: October 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: December 27, 2000

 26 
Bernard Madoff
(Fraudster)

Bernard Madoff
40
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 2021

 27 
Tommy Robinson
(Anti-Islam, Far-Right Activist Who Is Co-Founder of the Islamophobic Organization Called 'the English Defence League')

Tommy Robinson
16
Birthdate: November 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton, United Kingdom

Tommy Robinson is a British anti-Islam, far-right activist. The co-founder of an Islamophobic organization called the English Defence League, Robinson has been convicted on multiple counts of fraud and violence as well as other crimes. From 2017 to 2018, he also contributed as a writer for a Canadian far-right political website called Rebel News.

 28 
Paul Manafort
(Consultant)

Paul Manafort
7
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.

 29 
Sandra Ávila Beltrán
(Drug trafficker)

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
11
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico

 30 
Lou Pearlman
(Record producer)

Lou Pearlman
7
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

 31 
Richie Farmer
(Basketball player)

Richie Farmer
0
Birthdate: August 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Corbin, Kentucky, United States

 32 
Barry Minkow
(Businessperson, Pastor, and convicted felon)

Barry Minkow
2
Birthdate: March 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States

Businessman, felon and pastor, Barry Minkow opened his first business while in high school. But faced with fund crunch, he soon resorted to felony, ultimately executing a massive investment fraud, resulting in imprisonment. Later he became a pastor and fraud investigator, concurrently continuing with his illegal dealings, resulting in another confinement and a sentence to pay $612 million in restitution.

 33 
Jesse Jackson Jr.
(Politician)

Jesse Jackson Jr.
3
Birthdate: March 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States

 34 
Alan Bond
(Businessman)

Alan Bond
2
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Died: June 5, 2015

Born in the UK, Alan Bond moved to Australia with his family at 12. The business tycoon had started out as a signwriter in Perth and later emerged as the CEO of Bond Corporation. The first non-American to earn the sailing trophy America's Cup, he was later imprisoned for corporate fraud.

 35 
Akira Nishiguchi
(Serial killer, Frauster)

Akira Nishiguchi
0
Birthdate: December 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Died: December 11, 1970

 36 
Frank DiPascali
(Chief financial officer, Fraudster)

Frank DiPascali
1
Birthdate: October 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: May 7, 2015

 37 
Charles Albright
(Serial killer)

Charles Albright
3
Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, USA

Charles Albright was an American criminal and serial killer who was suspected of killing three women. In 1991, he was convicted of murdering a woman named Shirley Williams and imprisoned in the John Montford Psychiatric Unit in Texas. His story was covered by the media and many TV networks like HBO aired episodes related to Charles Albright.

 38 
Jeb Stuart Magruder
(Business Person)

Jeb Stuart Magruder
0
Birthdate: November 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Died: May 11, 2014

 39 
Sergei Mavrodi
(Founder of the МММ, a scheme that defrauded millions of people around the globe)

Sergei Mavrodi
3
Birthdate: August 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 26, 2018

 40 
Farid Fata
(Hematologist)

Farid Fata
1
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon

 41 
Glenn Wheatley
(Talent manager, Guitarist)

Glenn Wheatley
0
Birthdate: January 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Australia

 42 
Rasmea Odeh
(Associate director of the Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Illinois)

Rasmea Odeh
1
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Lifta, British Mandate Palestine

 43 
Adel Smith
(Translator known for his radical stances and often accused of fundamentalism.)

Adel Smith
0
Birthdate: March 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: August 22, 2014

 44 
James McDougal
(Businessman)

James McDougal
2
Birthdate: August 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: White County, Arkansas, United States
Died: March 8, 1998

 45 
Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi
(Founder of the American Muslim Council.)

Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Eritrea

 46 
James Hart Stern
(Known for defusing gang violence in the 1980s and 1990s, Convicted on five counts of wire fraud)

James Hart Stern
1
Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 11, 2019

 47 

Adam Starchild
0
Birthdate: September 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Died: September 22, 2006

 48 

Foutanga Babani Sissoko
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dabia, Mali
Died: February 29, 2021

 49 
Malcolm Hardee
(Comedian, Writer)

Malcolm Hardee
2
Birthdate: January 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England
Died: January 31, 2005

 50 
ʻAkosita Lavulavu
(Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism (2019-2021))

ʻAkosita Lavulavu
0
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Tonga