It is surprising to me at times when huge advertising campaigns are displayed to promote petty thievery such as scam emails, yet nothing is done to forewarn or highlight to the public where the major players in the scam business are.
The pen is indeed mightier than the sword. The biggest crooks are not your hungry individuals sending email from a third world country asking for your bank details to ‘help’ move money for a percentage.
They are not your local organised syndicate hijacking cash delivery trucks either, real scammers are in the least places you would expect plus they are not stereotypically what you would envisage a criminal to look like.
All said and done, greed is the motive. Big money fraudsters want more than they will ever need and their penchant for easy money and material possessions are unbridled.
Here is the countdown to some of the biggest monies stolen by the people we entrusted with everything.
Kweku Adoboli, $2 Billion Fraud
A young Ghanaian ex-banker for Swiss bank USB . At the young age of 28 in 2008, he was promoted to the position of a director at the bank’s London branch with an annual salary of £200,000 plus bonus.
He started making unauthorised deals with people’s money while using fictitious names to conceal his dealings.
Bernie Ebber, $11 Billion Fraud.
Currently serving a 25 year jail term, Canadian native Bernie Ebber admitted falsifying account information to defraud investors of $3.85 billion. The figures subsequently grew to $11 billion after full investigation.
Dennis Kozlowski, $400 Million Fraud.
The erstwhile CEO of was convicted of allegedly misusing the company’s $400 million fund which he was convicted for and sentenced to six and half years in prison.
Martin Frenkel, $210 Million Fraud
Convicted for insurance fraud in 2002, the former US financier was also involved in racketeering and money laundering which far exceeded $200 million.
He was released from prison in 2015 but due to breaching the halfway house rules in accordance to the terms of his release, he was sent back.
Bernard Madoff, $70 Billion Fraud.
The biggest scam ever recorded to date. The figures grew to an alleged $170 billion in transactions overseen by Mr Madoff. He is currently in prison for 150 years, his Ponzi scheme resulted in four deaths so far including the suicide of French aristocrat René-Thierry Magon de La Villehuchet.
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