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Storytelling

Swindled

A Concerned Citizen

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Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar crime and corporate evil. From embezzlements, corruption, frauds, con men, and Ponzi schemes to devastating environmental disasters ...Show More
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The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)

46:24 | Jan 20th

An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Implants (Poly Implant Prothèse)

53:35 | Aug 4th

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 b...Show More
The Match (Simon Leviev)

48:39 | Jul 21st

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 sh...Show More
The Socialite (Anna Delvey)

1:02:51 | Jul 7th

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". Suppor...Show More
Bonus: The Refugee (Wyclef Jean)

18:43 | May 15th

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. Learn more about your ad choices...Show More
The Producer (Joe Francis)

1:07:43 | Apr 1st

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 re...Show More
The Downline (Herbalife)

53:05 | Mar 17th

A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: The peaks and valleys of Glenn W. Turner’s pyramid schemes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Sting (Abscam)

46:15 | Mar 3rd

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Vi...Show More
The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)

54:12 | Feb 17th

A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)

43:12 | Feb 3rd

A prominent oral surgeon embarks on a new career path after an addiction to painkillers leads to the loss of his dental license. // Prelude: A horrifying discovery is made at the Tri-State Crematory in northwest Georgia. Learn more about your ad choi...Show More
The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)

56:27 | Jan 6th

An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest running Ponzi schemes in American history.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)

46:40 | Dec 16th, 2018

A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)

53:24 | Dec 2nd, 2018

A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing persons cases.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Contestant (Charles Ingram)

53:55 | Nov 18th, 2018

A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)

1:00:32 | Nov 4th, 2018

The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Special thanks to Alan Berry & Mark Enochs, the directors of Dead Man's Line. Visit DeadMansLine.com for more information.Learn more a...Show More
The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)

50:36 | Oct 21st, 2018

A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)

1:00:39 | Oct 7th, 2018

The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)

40:32 | Sep 23rd, 2018

An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Canoe Man (John Darwin)

48:33 | Sep 9th, 2018

An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Season 2 Trailer

02:54 | Aug 13th, 2018

Season 2 of Swindled begins on September 9th, 2018.
The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

55:53 | Jul 1st, 2018

A smooth-talking con man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)

52:24 | Jul 1st, 2018

A smooth-talking con man who preys on wealthy widows and divorcees becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress.
The Association (FIFA)

56:55 | Jun 14th, 2018

A culture of corruption at the international governing body of soccer has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Association (FIFA)

53:26 | Jun 14th, 2018

A culture of corruption at FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades.
The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)

59:57 | May 28th, 2018

A young pharmaceutical company CEO raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America".Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)

56:28 | May 28th, 2018

A young pharmaceutical company CEO named Martin Shkreli raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America".
Bonus Interview: Barbara Schroeder & Trey Borzillieri (Evil Genius)

24:23 | May 24th, 2018

An interview with Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri, the filmmakers behind Netflix documentary series Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist. The docuseries examines the 2003 "Pizza Bomber" bank robbery case in Erie,...Show More
The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)

56:28 | May 13th, 2018

Reverend Jim Bakker's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire.
The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)

59:57 | May 13th, 2018

A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Hitman (Frank Howard)

44:33 | Apr 29th, 2018

A quintessential family man embezzles millions of dollars from his employer to fund a love affair and the attempted murder of his wife.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Judges (Kids for Cash)

50:39 | Apr 15th, 2018

Two Luzerne County judges are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Leak (Bhopal Gas Disaster)

44:53 | Apr 1st, 2018

An American company avoids accountability for its role in an accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The effects of the tragedy have lasted decades, accounting for over 20,000 deaths and half a million injured.Learn more about your ad choices...Show More
The Impostor (Jimmy Sabatino)

40:40 | Mar 18th, 2018

A serial con man uses multiple aliases and his gift of gab to bilk victims out of millions of dollars worth of hotel rooms, jewelry, clothes, and electronics.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Treasurer (Budd Dwyer)

40:30 | Mar 4th, 2018

An honest, hardworking politician reaches his breaking point after becoming entangled in a bribery scandal.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Contraceptive (Dalkon Shield)

44:45 | Feb 18th, 2018

A pharmaceutical company looks the other way as its promising new birth control product, the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD), endangers the lives of more than 2 million women around the world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone....Show More
The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)

42:40 | Feb 4th, 2018

A bizarre bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania involving a pizza delivery man and an improvised collar bomb leads to a scavenger hunt full of explosions, bodies, and double-crosses.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Canal (Love Canal)

43:09 | Jan 21st, 2018

Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagra Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)

33:06 | Jan 7th, 2018

An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever".Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Horse Queen (Rita Crundwell)

33:29 | Jan 7th, 2018

A municipal employee embezzles over $50 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, to support her extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobby.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Lucky Winner (Eddie Tipton)

33:43 | Jan 7th, 2018

An unclaimed, jackpot-winning lottery ticket purchased in Iowa leads to a cross-continent search for the winner.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices