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Scam Kings

Scam Kings

By Turbulent Bookworm Podcasts

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 true crime, hit play on the latest episode of Scam Kings.

HOST: Kershelle Mike, Turbulent Bookworm Podcasts
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Scam Kings: The Update
Scam Kings: The Update
An update
16:56
March 05, 2022
Tithes and Offering: The Vaughn Reeves Files
Tithes and Offering: The Vaughn Reeves Files
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...." Vaughn Reeves: "With a few minor changes...that Bible could be SPITTIN'" Press PLAY to hear of another instance where someone uses faith to fulfill their selfish means even when it means hurting others. Theme Song: Dreams Become Real (Kevin McLeod) SUPPORT THE SCAM KINGS PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/scamkingspod
07:09
January 30, 2022
Bloody Revolution: The Elizabeth Holmes Files
Bloody Revolution: The Elizabeth Holmes Files
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 blood. She excited the medical world with the idea of the contraption, getting them to invest millions of dollars into what would be the future of blood testing. Except, The Edison didn't exist. Click PLAY to hear how Elizabeth Holmes dashed the hopes of everyone everywhere by selling a top dollar facade for over a decade. Theme Song: Dreams Come True (Kevin Mc Leod)
09:44
January 23, 2022
"Life Long and Murder!": The Vance and Rosie Baker Files
"Life Long and Murder!": The Vance and Rosie Baker Files
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 contractors came knocking. But it would be one of their own that would help sink the entire operation in what would eventually result in his murder. Click PLAY to hear how this deadly duo cut out the middle man. THEME SONG: Dreams Become Real (Kevin McLeod)
07:58
January 09, 2022
Miserly Mister Scrooge: The Ebenezer Scrooge Files
Miserly Mister Scrooge: The Ebenezer Scrooge Files
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 through 'A Christmas Carol'. And while we may not always take the hint, it's an enjoyable classic to revisit every year. Click Play on the final episode of 2021 and sit back to enjoy this classic.  Music: Dreams Become Real - Kevin McLeod Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Kevin McLeod
07:05
December 26, 2021
The More You Look: The Tom Petters Files
The More You Look: The Tom Petters Files
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 2000s. They were involved with brands that everyone wanted to get their hands on...and for cheap. But it was more guns than roses at this business as what seemed to be an empire was actually a crumbling sandcastle. Except no one told the king. Click Play to hear the story of Tom Petters and how his business came crashing down around him without a warning shot.  Interview with Tom Petters - https://tcbmag.com/the-tom-petters-interview-plausible-deniability/ Theme: Dreams Become Real - Kevin McLeod
09:59
December 19, 2021
S*icide Is Painless: The Samuel Israel Files
S*icide Is Painless: The Samuel Israel Files
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 duality to their fame. Click Play to hear about Sam Israel III who relaunched his family into the spotlight. This time, infamously. 
08:47
December 12, 2021
 Bon Appétit! - The Martha Stewart Files
Bon Appétit! - The Martha Stewart Files
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 shows, and deals. But in 2004, all that came crashing down around her when she made the sale of a lifetime at the worst possible moment. Press Play to re-live the tale that shook early 2000s kitchens around the world.  Theme Song: Dreams Become Real - Kevin McLeod
12:07
December 05, 2021
The Unbeliever: The Mark Hoffman Files
The Unbeliever: The Mark Hoffman Files
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 brought legitimacy to their cause. But when Mark can't pony up on documents that are integral to the faith and some of his old finds come into question, he decides to protect himself and his sham of a legacy through murder. Click Play to hear the tale also captured in Netflix's Murder Among the Mormons about this scammer turned murder who almost single-handedly ruined the LDS church.   Theme Song: Dreams Become Real - Kevin McLeod
12:35
November 28, 2021
The Leggings: The Lululemon Athletica Files
The Leggings: The Lululemon Athletica Files
Lululemon, famous for its stylish comfortable leggings and mom-centered ambassadorship program, isn't the wholesome onion that it tries to portray. Press Play to find out how this yoga brand became known for its racism, dishonesty and its......seaweed?  Theme song: Dreams Become Real (Kevin McLeod)
09:50
November 21, 2021
The Lifestyle He Wanted: The Kwamaine Forde Files
The Lifestyle He Wanted: The Kwamaine Forde Files
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 Kwamaine Forde made a killing off the famous and how he got caught in the end. 
05:10
November 14, 2021
Breakfast on Boardwalk: The Jerome Jacobson Files
Breakfast on Boardwalk: The Jerome Jacobson Files
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 trick the system into winning every single time. Click Play to hear how this security guard when from good guard to godfather in a matter of meals. Theme song: "Dreams Become Real" by Kevin McLeod (Used under a YouTube Music License). 
13:39
November 07, 2021
Season Finale - The Clown Prince of Crime: The Bernie Madoff Files
Season Finale - The Clown Prince of Crime: The Bernie Madoff Files
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 global economic crisis of 2008 and continue to affect hundreds of persons today. This is the story of Bernie Lawrence Madoff. Press Play to hear this outrageous tale. 
14:42
August 29, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Victor Lustig Files
Bonus Episode: The Victor Lustig Files
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 government never even knew. 
05:49
August 22, 2021
A Gun and A Smile: The Al Capone Files
A Gun and A Smile: The Al Capone Files
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 presence. The fascination with his life culminates in the way that he was finally felled: tax evasion. Press Play as we discuss, in brief, the circumstances behind his defeat and demise.
11:19
August 15, 2021
Mommie and Clyde: The Sante and Kenny Kimes Files
Mommie and Clyde: The Sante and Kenny Kimes Files
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 out to be on top.
18:03
August 08, 2021
My Daddy's Money: The Christopher Porco Files
My Daddy's Money: The Christopher Porco Files
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 uncover the details of this sordid tale. 
15:47
July 11, 2021
No Good Deed: The GoFundMe Scam Files (Part 2)
No Good Deed: The GoFundMe Scam Files (Part 2)
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 monetary as well; the tendrils of its love forever plague it. And it can cause people to do terrible things indeed. Here's Part 2 of the 2017 story of Katelyn McClure, Mark D'Amico, Johnny Bobbitt, and the GoFundMe scheme that shocked the nation by hitting the Play icon.
11:51
June 27, 2021
Bonus: The Future of Scam Kings
Bonus: The Future of Scam Kings
As the season winds down, we discuss how the season is going to end and how we will be moving forward.
16:36
June 27, 2021
No Good Deed: The GoFundMe Scam Files (Part 1)
No Good Deed: The GoFundMe Scam Files (Part 1)
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 monetary as well; the tendrils of its love forever plague it. And it can cause people to do terrible things indeed. Check out Part 1 of the 2017 story of Katelyn McClure, Mark D'Amico, Johnny Bobbitt, and the GoFundMe scheme that shocked the nation by hitting the Play icon. 
14:11
June 20, 2021
The Sky King: The Jet Airways Files
The Sky King: The Jet Airways Files
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, mismanagement, and dark involvements permeate the air forcing him away to England. Today, we explore this unfinished tale of this majestic bird and its clipped wings. Listen all the way to the end!
20:00
June 13, 2021
Payback: The Rajina Subramaniam Files
Payback: The Rajina Subramaniam Files
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 uncovered. It remains the largest fraud scheme committed by an Australian woman and the second-largest by an Australian woman. Press 'Play' and listen to this exciting story. 
15:03
June 07, 2021
Straw House: The Plutus Payroll Files
Straw House: The Plutus Payroll Files
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 to Australian payroll firm, Plutus. It would be the cause of everyone's downfall. 
13:36
May 31, 2021
No Episode Today...🥺
No Episode Today...🥺
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05:00
May 23, 2021
The Tinder Temptress: The Jocelyn Zakhour Files
The Tinder Temptress: The Jocelyn Zakhour Files
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....
15:17
May 16, 2021
The Con of A Thousand Names: The Cassie Chadwick Files
The Con of A Thousand Names: The Cassie Chadwick Files
Not only do her many deceptions influence the facts of her story but Elizabeth Bigly's obsession with forging signatures and having expensive things culminated in the ruin of a state bank. Find out how this 19th-century Canadian-born swindler managed to fool everyone across at least two U.S. states.  The half-season episode of Scam Kings is ready for you right now!
17:36
May 09, 2021
Greed: The Leicester Explosion Files
Greed: The Leicester Explosion Files
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, police were left to sort a positively frightening mystery surrounding the deaths of five persons. What they end up discovering is more harrowing than anyone in Leicester could imagine. Press play to find out what happened with the Leicester Explosion. 
11:20
April 25, 2021
Cookie Monster: The Girl Scout Files
Cookie Monster: The Girl Scout Files
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 close to Tinsel Town. If taking candy from a baby was a person, it would be Patricia Cascione. Find out how here.
12:32
April 22, 2021
Death Row Granny: The Velma Barfield Files
Death Row Granny: The Velma Barfield Files
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 murder.  Buy me a coffee if you liked this: Search “scamkingstc” on BMAC and put a dollar in my paper cup. 
14:48
April 11, 2021
King Hezekiah's Alternative: The Christine Daniel Files.
King Hezekiah's Alternative: The Christine Daniel Files.
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 God and medicine on her side, the people she declared whole died in a matter of months. Press play to hear how this woman swindled millions from the faithful and what the connection is to suntan lotion.  Buy me a coffee if you liked it: Search “scamkingstc” on BMAC and put a dollar in my paper cup. Rewards will come at some point.
13:41
March 28, 2021
The Doctor Is In!: The Ronald Mikos Files
The Doctor Is In!: The Ronald Mikos Files
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 attempts to mislead the FBI by influencing the investigation. And it goes well until he meets Joyce Brannon. Listen to this week's episode to find out how Joyce's tragic sacrifice end up bringing the good doctor and his Medicare scam down.  The creator does apologize in advance for the feedback throughout the episode. 
21:01
March 21, 2021
Trailer - Scam Kings
Trailer - Scam Kings
Welcome to Scam Kings.
00:60
March 18, 2021
Party On!: The Fyre Festival Files
Party On!: The Fyre Festival Files
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 before our very eyes. Billy McFarlene almost managed to pull off the heist of the generation, and but for his greed, he would have gotten away with it. Join host, Kershelle Mike, as she rehashes the events in brief detail of the greatest party that never happened. Buy me a coffee if you liked it: Search “scamkingstc” on BMAC and put a dollar in my paper cup. Rewards will come at some point.
20:35
March 14, 2021
The Little Match King: The Ivar Kreugar Files
The Little Match King: The Ivar Kreugar Files
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 named him a charlatan and a fraud and shamed him as one would a criminal.  But is that the whole story? And how is the Mussolini government involved? Click 'Play' to listen to the latest episode of Scam Kings to hear about how Kreuger's match kingdom came burning down. Follow us on Twitter: @TurbulentBookw1
24:43
February 28, 2021
BOGO: Popping The Colours
BOGO: Popping The Colours
A quick explanation of the different classifications of crime. Happy Friday!
09:51
February 27, 2021
Conning Romeo: The Robert James Petrick Files
Conning Romeo: The Robert James Petrick Files
Robert James Petrick made headlines in 2003 primarily for murdering his wife. What prosecutors were not expecting was how deep his white collar crimes went and how intricate his deceptive tactics were. Listen to the podcast to hear how Google played a part in putting this red-collar criminal away for life. If you liked what you heard today, please consider sharing today's episode with a friend and subscribing. Follow us on Twitter: @TurbulentBookw1
27:53
February 21, 2021
The Rise and Fall of Papa Scams: The Charles Ponzi Files
The Rise and Fall of Papa Scams: The Charles Ponzi Files
This week, we take a look at the father of the ultimate con job and how his simple miscalculation deceived hundreds.  INSTA: Turbulent Bookworm Podcasts TWITTER: @TurbulentBookw1 YOUTUBE: Turbulent Bookworm Podcasts
51:18
February 14, 2021