Canadian Con Artists by Lisa Wojna

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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

-- By the time she was 14, Miss Betsy Bigley was already engaged in crime, but her claim to fame was managing to trick the banking world into believing she was the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie.


About Lisa Wojna

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Wojna is co-author of more than 20 trivia books as well as being the sole author of 14 other non-fiction books.
Published March 10, 2010 by Folklore Pub. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.