Grifters, Frauds, and Crooks: True Stories of American Corruption

by Richard Estep

Power corrupts!

So does money … and sex … and money … and, well, power. Corruption has its tentacles throughout all aspects of American life. Investigate 50 of the biggest and most brazen frauds, cons, and lies!

From Wall Street to Main Street, from the Capitol to the military, and from sport to science, Grifters, Frauds, and Crooks: True Stories of American Corruption examines both famous and obscure swindles and con artists in science, art, entertainment, healthcare, the military, politics, law enforcement, religion, education, finance, and throughout society, including …

  • Bernie Madoff/Ponzi Schemes
  • Big Pharma
  • Black Sox baseball scandal
  • The Catholic Church
  • ChappaquiddickKennedy family
  • Clinton/Lewinsky
  • College admissions scandals
  • Corruption in the White House
  • Enron
  • General David Petraeus
  • Harvey Weinstein/Miramax
  • Iran/Contra
  • J. Edgar Hoover
  • Jim and Tammy Bakker
  • Jimmy Hoffa
  • Lance Armstrong doping scandal
  • Lehman Brothers bank collapse
  • The Mafia
  • Navy/USMC Tailhook scandal
  • NYPD corruption
  • Operation ABSCAM
  • Pacific Gas/Electric/Erin Brockovich
  • Sackler Family narcotic empire
  • Serpico
  • Spiro Agnew
  • Watergate
  • And many more dishonest and duplicitous people and organizations!!

    With more than 120 photos and graphics, Grifters, Frauds, and Crooks is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness. Most people are honest and helpful to others, but a select few use their positions of power and influence to enrich themselves. These swindlers have no problem cheating, double-crossing, stealing, and playing on people’s trust. It’s chilling to realize the long, sordid history and ongoing influence of cons, scams, and shady deals in America!

  • About Richard Estep

    Richard Estep Richard Estep is the author of twenty books, most of them in the field of paranormal non-fiction, including The Haunting of Asylum 49: Chilling Tales of Aggressive Spirits, Phantom Doctors, and the Secret of Room 666. He is a regular columnist for Haunted Magazine and has also written for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. His lifelong fascination for ghosts has led him to investigate haunted locations around the world for the past 25 years. Richard appears regularly on the TV shows Haunted Case Files, Haunted Hospitals, Paranormal 911, and Paranormal Night Shift. British by birth, Richard now makes his home in Colorado, a few miles north of Denver, where he serves as a paramedic and lives with his wife and a menagerie of adopted animals.

    Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

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