30 All-Star Con Artists (and Victims) for the Hall of Fame

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30 All-Star Con Artists (and Victims) for the Hall of Fame

Imagine this: you, a famous actor, want to sell your late father’s collection of rare and expensive paintings, only to find out your broker kept the cash and skipped town. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Or least it’s the kind of thing that happens to a lot of the people below.

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Vinnie Gigante 1967 CRACKED.COM For 30 years, he roamed Greenwich Village in a bathrobe, ranting and peeing himself. Не was actually a Mafia boss trying to evade arrest. Не succeeded (until he was 75 and finally admitted to the con).

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Emily Miller 2015 GRAGKED.COM Miller rose to fame as a gun advocate thanks to her story of fighting off a home invasion. When it turned out that nothing she said matched police reports, her career continued, and she became a reporter for OANN.

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Jack Nicholson invested $610,000 in Tod Volpe to sell pieces of art. Although the actor was supposed to take 60% of the profits from sold artworks, Volpe pocketed 100% of them and told him that the buyers hadn't paid him. Volpe even secretly sold off Nicholson's Aston Martin for $25,000 and kept the money. CRACKED.COM

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In early 2019, Keegan-Michael Key and Sarah Hyland were duped into giving their tickets for an exclusive Golden Globes CRACKED.COM party to a tall white male in a black suit and white shirt. The man was posing as a security guard, standing in front of the elevator leading to the party.

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In 2004, Larry King sold two life insurance policies for $1.4 million. Не paid $15 million for them. Insurance brokerage The Meltzer Group advised him to buy new life insurance and then sell it weeks later. Somehow, despite being a 73-year-old cardiac patient and diabetic, he thought he could buy life insurance cheaply and sell it off for a higher price. CRACKED.COM

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In 1988, Leonard Cohen hired trusted friend Kelley Lynch to help him manage personal affairs, and eventually made her his manager. While he stayed in a zen center for five years, she swiped $5 million from him. This drained his retirement fund, forcing him to sell his assets and mortgage his house to stay afloat. CRACKED.COM

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30 All-Star Con Artists (and Victims) for the Hall of Fame

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