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Scam Kings

38 EpisodesProduced by Turbulent Bookworm PodcastsWebsite

The very first crime dens were the boardrooms. And our business helped feed their empire. They’ve stolen our trust; you should at least know their names.On Sunday afternoons, we highlight the rise and fall of the world’s more prolific white and red collar criminals. If you’re interested in the TRUE … read more

38 Episodes | 2021 - 2023

A Million Monopolies - The Jerome Jacobson Files (Revisited)

January 16th, 2023


The McDonald's scam documentary,  "McMillions" (HBO, 2020) would be the first time that many would hear the name Jerome Jacobson. Having snuffed just …

Tithes and Offering: The Vaughn Reeves Files

January 30th, 2022


No One: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom...."

Bloody Revolution: The Elizabeth Holmes Files

January 23rd, 2022


Elizabeth Holmes was on the edge of something revolutionary. She had come up with a machine that could diagnose patients through a singular drop of …

"Life Long and Murder!": The Vance and Rosie Baker Files

January 9th, 2022


Mother and son, Vance and Rosie Baker ran a Medicare scheme disguised as a home health care service for just over a decade when one of their …

Miserly Mister Scrooge: The Ebenezer Scrooge Files

December 26th, 2021


On this episode, we visit a classic tale with a message. There is nothing more scammy than a bad boss who refuses to pay you for your work. Dickens wrote a story that tried steering society away from that thinking …

The More You Look: The Tom Petters Files

December 19th, 2021


If you were in the appliance business at the time, the Petters Group was one of those names that you just couldn't escape in the late 90s, early …

S*icide Is Painless: The Samuel Israel Files

December 12th, 2021


The Israel family is one of New York's most well known empires. Coffee trading skyrocketed their linage to prominence in the 20th century and, to some extent, they are still there. Although now, there is definitely a …

Bon Appétit! - The Martha Stewart Files

December 5th, 2021


Bring your plates over for a slice of one of the hottest throwback cases in modern scamming history. Martha Stewart established herself as the Queen of Kitchens very early on with her many book releases, television …

The Unbeliever: The Mark Hoffman Files

November 28th, 2021


Mark Hoffman was once renowned as a top collector in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints. Every find corroborated the holy origin of the church and …

The Leggings: The Lululemon Athletica Files

November 21st, 2021


Lululemon, famous for its stylish comfortable leggings and mom-centered ambassadorship program, isn't the wholesome onion that it tries to portray. …

The Lifestyle He Wanted: The Kwamaine Forde Files

November 14th, 2021


Kwamaine Forde was the employee of a celebrity operating out of Georgia. As the celebrities assistant, he had access to thousands of his boss' mutuals and used them to build his personal piggy bank. Hit Play to hear how …

Breakfast on Boardwalk: The Jerome Jacobson Files

November 7th, 2021


Season Two of Scam Kings delves into the tale of a scam of epically tasty proportions. Jerome "Uncle Jerry" Jacobson finds himself at the center of one of the largest food scams ever recorded when he finds a way to …

Season Finale - The Clown Prince of Crime: The Bernie Madoff Files

August 29th, 2021


The season finale covers the event that rocked stock markets all across the world. The effects of this multi-billion scheme were rivaled only by the …

Bonus Episode: The Victor Lustig Files

August 22nd, 2021


I didn't look at my calendar right and so this week you get a bonus episode. Hit Play to hear how the Eiffel Tower was sold twice and how the French …

A Gun and A Smile: The Al Capone Files

August 15th, 2021


To this day, American gangster, Al Capone, remains one of the most feared names in the underworld. He built an empire that still lasts even beyond the grave. In movies, myths and merchandise, he remains a constant …

Mommie and Clyde: The Sante and Kenny Kimes Files

August 8th, 2021


Very few people can make me hate them with any degree of intensity but Sante Kimes always did have a knack for making things happen for her. Hit 'Play' and delve with me into the mad tale of a woman and son who went all …

My Daddy's Money: The Christopher Porco Files

July 11th, 2021


The November 2004 murder of Peter Porco consumed the headlines right up until his son's conviction in 2006. The parricide revealed many twists and turns eventually running back to the root of all evil. Hit 'Play' as we …

No Good Deed: The GoFundMe Scam Files (Part 2)

June 27th, 2021


Feel-good stories on social media help restore faith in humanity. In all the turmoil, it's a fantastic reminder that we are real and we are here. And while the reward is often in endorphins, sometimes they can be …

Bonus: The Future of Scam Kings

June 27th, 2021


As the season winds down, we discuss how the season is going to end and how we will be moving forward.

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No Good Deed: The GoFundMe Scam Files (Part 1)

June 20th, 2021


Feel-good stories on social media help restore faith in humanity. In all the turmoil, it's a fantastic reminder that we are real and we are here. And while the reward is often in endorphins, sometimes they can be …

The Sky King: The Jet Airways Files

June 13th, 2021


In 2019, India was rocked by the news that its leading airline was shutting down operations after a year of losses. Very soon all eyes were turned to Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal. Allegations of corruption, …

Payback: The Rajina Subramaniam Files

June 7th, 2021


This is probably the ballsiest case that I have covered. Rajina Subramaniam made headlines in 2009 when her five year $45 million dollar scheme was …

Straw House: The Plutus Payroll Files

May 31st, 2021


The moral of this story is that NOTHING is actually free. Even if they say it is. It was a mark overlooked by companies small and great when it came …

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May 23rd, 2021


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The Tinder Temptress: The Jocelyn Zakhour Files

May 16th, 2021


The animals aren't the only predators in Australia. Jocelyn Zakhour is the latest scammer that we will cover on Scam Kings. Love can be a dangerous drug....

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The Con of A Thousand Names: The Cassie Chadwick Files

May 9th, 2021


Not only do her many deceptions influence the facts of her story but Elizabeth Bigly's obsession with forging signatures and having expensive things …

Greed: The Leicester Explosion Files

April 25th, 2021


In 2018, Hinkley Road was rocked by a blast that was felt for miles and required the evacuation of over 60 buildings. After ruling out terrorism, …

Cookie Monster: The Girl Scout Files

April 22nd, 2021


Patricia Cascione was the quintessential suburban mom with a supernatural penchant for charity. A step away from a sain. But as we all know, if something is too good to be true, it usually is especially when you're that …

Death Row Granny: The Velma Barfield Files

April 11th, 2021


Velma Barfield became the first woman since 1962 to be executed since the resumption of capital punishments in the United States in 1976. Her dependence on prescription pills drove her to commit cheque fraud...and …

King Hezekiah's Alternative: The Christine Daniel Files.

March 28th, 2021


Christine Daniel was the woman behind C-extract, a formula purportedly able to cure the most aggressive forms of cancer. But even with the power of …

The Doctor Is In!: The Ronald Mikos Files

March 21st, 2021


Ronald Mikos was the most successful podiatrist in Chicago But his Achilles heel was always greed. In an attempt to have his cake and eat it too, he …

Party On!: The Fyre Festival Files

March 14th, 2021


If you’re listening to this episode, more than likely you had a Twitter account when the disaster that was Fyre Media’s Fyre Festival played out …

The Little Match King: The Ivar Kreugar Files

February 28th, 2021


When Ivar Kreuger died, he was mourned as a business icon and a financial genius. That all changed a couple of months later when several investigations revealed anomalies in his business operations. Many publications …

BOGO: Popping The Colours

February 27th, 2021


A quick explanation of the different classifications of crime. Happy Friday!


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Conning Romeo: The Robert James Petrick Files

February 21st, 2021


Robert James Petrick made headlines in 2003 primarily for murdering his wife. What prosecutors were not expecting was how deep his white collar …

The Rise and Fall of Papa Scams: The Charles Ponzi Files

February 14th, 2021


This week, we take a look at the father of the ultimate con job and how his simple miscalculation deceived hundreds. 

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