So a while back I did a post on confidence schemes
In there I talk about how Confidence artists always seek out somebody who has an interest in scamming or stealing, and is dumb enough to have the tables turned on them.
See this video:
People think they’re stealing, but they’re being stolen from. Same goes with the “Nigerian Email Scam”, the mark in this scam is essentially agreeing to money laundering, or international embezzlement, and when the artist gets a hold of their bank routing information they clean it dry and disappear.
Some confidence schemes do play off of honesty and naivete, but generally it works on greed.
This all leads up to the most dispicable member of Congress since Barney Frank retired, Alan Grayson:
Grayson was recently named in federal court papers in the case against William Dean Chapman, a Virginia man who was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison. Chapman pleaded guilty in May to a scheme that cheated Grayson and about 120 other people out of more than $35 million, The Associated Press reported on Monday.
Grayson — who has been named one of the 50 richest members of Congress — personally lost $18 million to Chapman, according to the AP.
Wow, he got taken HARD! 120 people in the scheme, but Grayson was responsible for over half the funds pilfered!
AND THIS ISN’T HIS FIRST RODEO!!
Believe it or not, it’s the second time this kind of thing has happened to Grayson — in 2009, he won a $34 million judgment in a lawsuit against a company whose business plan was similar to Chapman’s.
I wonder how many scams he’s been involved in where he wasn’t the mark? You think these are the ONLY shady business dealings he’s been a part of?
Further a man who got bilked in a scam about stock manipulation was one of the poster children for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.