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Swindled

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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 unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.

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The Raid (Agriprocessors)

The Raid (Agriprocessors)

2020-01-1200:53:1621

An immigration raid at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa uncovers financial crimes committed by the company's CEO, Sholom Rubashkin. Prelude: Thirteen hundred undocumented workers are arrested during a coordinated raid of six Swift & Co. meatpacking facilities. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a scheme that lasted over a decade, Jerome "Uncle Jerry" Jacobson defrauded fast food giant McDonald's for over $20 million by rigging the promotional Monopoly game. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Sultan (Anthony Gignac)

The Sultan (Anthony Gignac)

2019-12-2200:54:1325

A lifelong con artist impersonates a Saudi Arabian prince to live a life of luxury.  Prelude: Thomas Noe manages the State of Ohio's $50 million rare coin investment. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Revenger (Hunter Moore)

The Revenger (Hunter Moore)

2019-12-0800:58:5724

A middle school dropout embraces his role as "the most hated man on the Internet" after creating a notorious "revenge porn" website called Is Anyone Up. Prelude: Kevin Bollaert becomes the first person convicted under California's revenge porn law. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Australia's "most notorious con woman" adopts multiple aliases to commit crimes around the world. Prelude: Jerry Joseph leaves Haiti to become a high school basketball star in a small, west Texas town. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A coal mining disaster in Utah places the mine's owner in the media spotlight. Prelude: The Sago Mine disaster leads to renewed scrutiny on mine safety. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Vote for Swindled in the 2019 Discover Pods Awards here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The owner of a Washington D.C. escort agency loses everything after becoming the subject of a federal investigation. Prelude: Kristin M. Davis, the Manhattan Madam, runs for office after spending time in prison. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Listen to Susie Bright's full interview with Deborah Jeane Palfrey on In Bed with Susie Bright exclusively on Audible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A successful trucking company is destroyed after it is inherited by the boss' greedy son. Prelude: Hundreds of Falcon Transport employees are blindsided by the company's sudden closure. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Survivor (Tania Head)

The Survivor (Tania Head)

2019-09-2900:54:0619

A Spanish woman becomes the president of a survivors group in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.  Prelude: Fred Parisi, a New York City police officer, creates a foundation to support 9/11 first responders.  Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A New Jersey couple raises money on GoFundMe to repay a homeless man for his act of kindness. Prelude: Ginny Irovando Long organizes a fundraiser for her terminally ill son. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled.  Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A chemical technician risks her life to expose corporate misdeeds at a nuclear facility in Oklahoma. Prelude: Energy mogul Robert S. Kerr becomes the "uncrowned king of the Senate". Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 'Snake Song' written and performed by Jess Williamson. Follow Jess on Spotify.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tour (Jered Threatin)

The Tour (Jered Threatin)

2019-08-1800:54:2426

A disastrous European tour reveals that an American rock band manufactured an entire fan base. Prelude: German R&B duo, Milli Vanilli, are exposed for lip syncing. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A French breast implant manufacturing company's method of cutting costs incites a global health scare. Prelude: Concerns over safety issues related to silicone breast implants leads to a moratorium on sales in the United States. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Match (Simon Leviev)

The Match (Simon Leviev)

2019-07-2100:45:3429

An international fraudster posing as a wealthy CEO utilizes a popular dating app to scam women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prelude: Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, an Australian grandmother, meets the man of her dreams online. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Link to the VG report: https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Socialite (Anna Delvey)

The Socialite (Anna Delvey)

2019-07-0700:59:5931

A Russian-born con artist posing as a wealthy German heiress scams businesses and acquaintances in an attempt to develop her own art foundation in New York. Prelude: Kari Ferrell's Brooklyn exploits earn her the nickname "The Hipster Grifter". Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A between-season bonus episode in which a hip-hop superstar establishes a charitable foundation to benefit his homeland, the Republic of Haiti. Support the show and receive more bonus episodes at Patreon.com/Swindled.  Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop.  Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Producer (Joe Francis)

The Producer (Joe Francis)

2019-04-0101:06:0721

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 accusations of sexual assault. Prelude: A group of high school students create a much-maligned reality film titled Bumfights that features amateur stunts performed by homeless people. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop.  Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Downline (Herbalife)

The Downline (Herbalife)

2019-03-1700:49:4421

A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: Glenn W. Turner’s lifetime of pyramid schemes. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Sting (Abscam)

The Sting (Abscam)

2019-03-0300:42:5521

The FBI turns to a career con artist to assist with an undercover sting operation that ensnares multiple members of the United States Congress. Prelude: Mel Weinberg’s lifetime of scams finally catches up with him. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)

The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)

2019-02-1700:50:4927

A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (282)

Ivan Terrero

Those artists are all douche bags that patronize Joe Francis,

Jan 19th
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Carl Davidson

Another great episode, just like all the others.

Jan 17th
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Jerry Stauffer

The host has no respect for the rule of law or those who support the rule of law.

Jan 16th
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SuL So

Love the show. Not over the top or silly. Lovely narration, I could listen all day.

Jan 15th
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Jamie L.

Keep doing what you're doing. The intro was 💯 spot on. I personally applaud you, even if I'm standing alone!

Jan 15th
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Przemyslaw Tom Dziubak

done with this... keep politics away

Jan 14th
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Bill Yyy

That was a hell of a rant in the intro. Dude's political leanings is usually tolerable but jeeeeeeeeez. Otherwise it's an alright episode.

Jan 13th
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Karen T

I'm done. If the host is truly a concerned citizen, then he wouldn't treat the complicated issue of immigration and national sovereignty with such disdain. It was fun while it lasted, Swindled.

Jan 13th
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Matthew Bishop

I'm done with Swindled. If you want to keep an audience, keep religion and politics out of it. The narrator just can't keep his leftist opinions to himself. I'm out

Jan 13th
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Adam R

This narrator is delusional hahaha

Jan 13th
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P Larson

He sounds awful... like a robot

Jan 9th
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Anna Sokolova

i love your podcasts so much!! Your voice is very pleasant and makes me feel calm, too. thank you :)

Jan 8th
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Randilizm

I love Swindled. I've been listening since the beginning.

Jan 8th
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Jim Eiden

I remember when this happened

Jan 7th
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Jim Eiden

When are you going to do the Johnson & Johnson Cyanide Tylenol Scandal?

Jan 7th
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Jq Baker

Poor influencers got influenced hard!!!

Jan 3rd
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Jq Baker

Wow. A tragedy!

Jan 3rd
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Jq Baker

looks like he got swindled in the end.

Jan 3rd
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Jq Baker

What a scumbag. KARMA's a bitch.

Jan 3rd
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Jq Baker

⭐🌟⭐🌟⭐

Jan 3rd
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