Biggest Fraudster you know or have heard of
All this stuff about Elizabeth Holmes had me thinking about who commit fraud, what they do, how often they do it, if they get caught. Would there be some way to rank them? I'll mention a couple below, but would like to know if anyone wants to add one, could be a public person or someone they know personally (keep it light):
Elizabeth Holmes: started Theranos, defrauded investors, the public and big business of what her machines were able to do. Basically shot for the moon and didn't get higher than you can jump.
Bernie Madoff: hedge fund fraudster, ran a ponzi scheme that collapsed mainly due to the 2008 financial crisis. Played by fat Richard Dreyfus in the ABC cable movie, played by basic Robert De Niro in the HBO movie.
John Spano: subject of ESPN 30 for 30 "Big Shot". Basically took ownership of the Islanders hockey team and "promised" to make good on the payment, but didn't have anywhere near the funds. Rolled with some billionaires in Texas so everyone though he was good for the money. NHL strong armed him in to handing ownership of the team back to them, made due diligence on team purchases a thing now.
Hilaria Baldwin: Alec Baldwin's wife, born in Boston, pretends to be Spanish.
Dude Perfect guys: bunch of guys who started filming themselves taking blind free throws (probably?) and parlayed it into gaining top five youtube viewership. I respect hustle, but I know that even as lame as some stuff on ESPN these days (cornhole, pool, darts) the guys on TV are significantly better than myself. I shouldn't be able to randomly take four other people from WSO and do what you do.
Ned "Carlos" Mencia: had a TV show on comedy central, accused of stealing jokes from George Lopez, who ironically, was also accused of stealing the same joke from another guy.