Canadian Con Artists

Canadian Con Artists

Book - 2010
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William ''Canada Bill'' Jones once proclaimed that it was ''immoral to let a sucker keep his money.'' As a result, confidence men and women looking to make a quick buck find it easy to exploit the trusting and compassionate Canadian nature. Many have misrepresented, misguided and lied their way through some of the most convincing schemes ever pulled in Canada: * In 2002, bank manager Nick Lysyk helped himself to $16 million in fake loans from the Bank of Montreal, and by the time he was arrested, he had amassed 17 homes and 40 vehicles * Richard Minard, the ''Con man for Christ,'' claimed to be an ordained minister, and he convinced his trusting clients to invest money in time share condos that he did not own * Christophe Rocancourt was such a charismatic man that he managed to con many rich and powerful Hamptonites into believing he was really Christopher Rockefeller * Ferdinand Waldo Demara, ''The Great Imposter,'' conducted medical procedures while serving in the Canadian Navy, including major chest surgery, even though he wasn't actually a surgeon. * And more.
Publisher: [Edmonton] : Quagmire Press, ©2010
ISBN: 9781926695068
Characteristics: 255 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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Dec 08, 2015

Proof that con artists lurk everywhere. Some of the schemes in this book are hilarious on the surface (especially about the fake Rockefeller who had a Canadian connection), but real people lost real money. Compared to the States, however, sentences here in Canada are lax and parole much easier to get which essentially means a "revolving door".

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