Swindled

30 EpisodesProduced by A Concerned Citizen

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 unimagina… read more

30 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

The Producer (Joe Francis)

April 1st, 2019

1:07:43
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 …

The Downline (Herbalife)

March 17th, 2019

53:05

A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: The peaks and valleys …

The Sting (Abscam)

March 3rd, 2019

46:15

The FBI turns to a career con artist to assist with an undercover sting operation that ensnares multiple members of the United States Congress. …

The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)

February 17th, 2019

54:12
A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene.

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The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)

February 3rd, 2019

43:12
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 …

The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)

January 20th, 2019

46:24
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world.





The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)

January 6th, 2019

56:27
An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest running Ponzi schemes in American history.

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The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)

December 16th, 2018

46:40
A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman.

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The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)

December 2nd, 2018

53:24
A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing persons cases.

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The Contestant (Charles Ingram)

November 18th, 2018

53:55
A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.





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The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)

November 4th, 2018

1:00:32
The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Special thanks to Alan Berry & Mark Enochs, the directors of Dead Man's Line. Visit …

The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)

October 21st, 2018

50:36
A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas.

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The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)

October 7th, 2018

1:00:39
The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme.

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The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)

September 23rd, 2018

40:32
An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap.

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The Canoe Man (John Darwin)

September 9th, 2018

48:33
An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea.

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The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

July 1st, 2018

55:53
A smooth-talking con man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress.

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The Association (FIFA)

June 14th, 2018

56:55
A culture of corruption at the international governing body of soccer has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades.

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The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)

May 28th, 2018

59:57
A young pharmaceutical company CEO raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America".

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The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)

May 13th, 2018

59:57
A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire.

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The Hitman (Frank Howard)

April 29th, 2018

44:33
A quintessential family man embezzles millions of dollars from his employer to fund a love affair and the attempted murder of his wife.

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The Judges (Kids for Cash)

April 15th, 2018

50:39
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.

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The Leak (Bhopal Gas Disaster)

April 1st, 2018

44:53
An American company avoids accountability for its role in an accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The effects of the tragedy have lasted …

The Impostor (Jimmy Sabatino)

March 18th, 2018

40:40
A serial con man uses multiple aliases and his gift of gab to bilk victims out of millions of dollars worth of hotel rooms, jewelry, clothes, and …

The Treasurer (Budd Dwyer)

March 4th, 2018

40:30
An honest, hardworking politician reaches his breaking point after becoming entangled in a bribery scandal.

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The Contraceptive (Dalkon Shield)

February 18th, 2018

44:45
A pharmaceutical company looks the other way as its promising new birth control product, the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD), endangers the …

The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)

February 4th, 2018

42:40
A bizarre bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania involving a pizza delivery man and an improvised collar bomb leads to a scavenger hunt full of …

The Canal (Love Canal)

January 21st, 2018

43:09
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.

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The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)

January 7th, 2018

33:06
An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever".

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The Horse Queen (Rita Crundwell)

January 7th, 2018

33:29
A municipal employee embezzles over $50 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, to support her extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobby.

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The Lucky Winner (Eddie Tipton)

January 7th, 2018

33:43
An unclaimed, jackpot-winning lottery ticket purchased in Iowa leads to a cross-continent search for the winner.

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