|INSIDE THE MINDS OF CON ARTISTS|
a con artist be rehabilitated?
Do they have any remorse for the lives they destroy?
In their own words and actions, they give you the answers below.
con artist who claimed to be a Rockefeller says he never stole - he
just borrowed... Christopher
Rocancourt explained the difference in a 2001 tv interview from his
"I never stole. Never," he says. "It's like I say to you, 'Let me borrow your tie right now.' Well, you say, 'OK, that is my tie. I'll let you borrow it.' But today I don't give you back your tie. I did broke a promise, yeah? That make me a thief?"
Mr. Kroft responds by saying: "Yeah, you stole my tie."
"No, I ask you," Mr. Rocancourt responds. "I did borrow it. But that doesn't mean I'm a thief. I didn't grab it. I didn't take it. I didn't steal it."....
Rocancourt, who has used multiple aliases in order to deceive his victims, says it is not a crime to pretend to be someone else.
"I say I like to change my name," he says. "An actor change his name, an actor pretend to be somebody. You don't go prosecute because he change his name or because he pretend to be somebody, so you should prosecute all Hollywood."
Read the full story in The National Post Online: http://www.subtleny.150m.com/Chris/National%20Post%204-13-02.htm
Con Artist says "If nobody got hurt, if nobody got caught, where was the harm?" in a 2003 book about his life as a multifaceted swindler who bilked Hollywood stars and billionaires alike
California "entrepreneur" Bruce McNall told journalist Michael D'Antonio, co-author of McNall's biography, "Fun While It Lasted: My Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune" that he "didn't bilk little old ladies out of their savings...I took money from faceless, nameless banks, and given how most people feel about banks, a lot of you might take some secret pleasure in what I did."
McNall, who was owner of the Los Angeles Kings and the chairman of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors, was striking deals worth $27 million with Disney Studios and the founder of Blockbuster Video even while he was on the verge of bankruptcy.
Mr. McNall spent four years in prison for bank fraud and is on probation until 2006 after two decades of living an opulent life supported by his dealings in stolen antiques, falsifying invoices and overstating his income to bankers by tens of millions of dollars. His sentence ordered him to repay his creditors, but, according to the book, he still owes millions.
Work is Only For Suckers," Career Con Artist States in
In a personal interview with a member of an international law enforcement organization, Professionals Against Confidence Crime, a career con artist tells the interviewer that he has no qualms about his line of "work" because "Hard work is only for suckers." Read the full story and more revealing insights into con artists' philosophy of life and why they have a character disease that is rarely cured: http://www.pac-c.org/con%27s%20mentality.htm
Book "How to Become a Successful
Con Artist" Found in the Belongings of Con Artist After He Defrauds
Single Mother and Flees with Her $15,000
Christopher Lee Luther, 32, (CUFF ID NO. 881)
had a criminal history of burglary and check fraud in Texas when he
met a young, divorced waitress one night in July 2003 at a
Jacksonville, Florida restaurant. The two young people liked
each other and very quickly established a relationship. Luther
convinced the young mother that he was a stock broker and he could
make her $15,000 savings grow quickly. She was touched that he
would want to help her when he had known her for only a few
weeks. As soon as Luther had the money in hand, he disappeared in
her rented car.
Artist James Hogue, Subject of 1999 Documentary "Con
Artist," told producer "Deception is like being in a
play...being a character."
The Con Artist Next Door
For three years, a man of many IDs fooled those in the Telluride, CO area, allegedly stealing nearly 7,000 items....Read the story about the con artist who earned a track scholarship to Princeton University using the identity of a deceased infant and continued his deception for years until his last arrest in 1/06 in Tucson, AZ
Shows Employee Theft Is Fueled By Debt, Greed, Boredom, A Lack of
Structure in Life and Temporary Insanity
Fraud by workers against their employers is costing UK firms more than £2 billion a year, a new report published today (11/21/2005) has revealed.
Convicted fraudsters claimed that lax
financial controls make it easy to rip off companies, snatching up to
£25 million in cash.
Another man said he stole £250,000 by
issuing and signing off spurious invoices for up to £75,000 and
paying them directly into his private savings account.
"Add to this the phenomenal amount of fraud that goes unnoticed and you soon realize that any figures we have are just the tip of the iceberg.
"A conservative estimate of the cost of employee fraud to UK listed companies alone would be £2bn."
Read the full article in the Scottsman.com.