Season 3 Episode 1 - Fruitcake Fraud
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
3w ago
If you drive from Houston to Dallas or vice-versa, you will most likely be travelling on IH 45, a major highway in America that runs north to south.  Somewhere about 1 hour south of Dallas is the small town of Corsicana - a picturesque town in the heart of Texas with a very famous local business - the Collin Street Bakery.  The Collin Street Bakery has been around since 1896 and has the distinction of being the largest, or at least one of the largest, bakers of fruitcakes in the United States.  The Collin Street Bakery is one of the landmarks of Texas and certainly the landmark ..read more
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Season 2, Episode 18 - FIFA and Fraud
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
1M ago
In the United States we call it soccer but for the rest of the world it is "football" - the world's most popular sport.  In 2022 the most important event in soccer - the World Cup - was held in Doha, Qatar. Argentina emerged the winner after a long, hard game.  But even the world's most popular sport is not immune to charges of corruption and fraud.  FIFA is soccer's worldwide, governing body and we examine the 2015 investigations into FIFA and question how can the "beautiful game" stay the world's most popular sport if there are questions regarding its its governing body.   ..read more
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The Halloween Episode - Season 2, Episode 15 - the NXIVM Cult and White Collar Crime
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
3M ago
In 2020, Keith Raniere, the founder and leader of NXIVM, was sentenced to 120 years for multiple crimes including sex trafficking and racketeering.  His organization, NXIVM, began as a "self-help" and "self-development" organization that supposedly provided programs for self-improvement for people.  However, by 2018, many people including India Oxenberg, daughter of actors Catherine Oxenberg and Casper Van Diehn accused NEXIVM and Raniere of being an organization that engaged in fear and terror tactics to control individuals.  Raniere was also accused of, and eventually convicte ..read more
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Season 2 Episode 14 - The Fraud Triangle
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
4M ago
The Fraud Triangle is a very powerful tool used by fraud investigators and anti-fraud professionals in helping to determine how fraud occurs and looking for possible behaviors where fraud is involved.  In this episode, we examine the Fraud Triangle.   Opening and Closing Music: Penguin music - ModernChillout - Background Music [NCS Release] --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gene-tausk/message ..read more
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Season 2 Episode 12: Why is Iceland called "Iceland" and Greenland called "Greenland?"
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
5M ago
Look at a map of the world.  Now look at the country of Iceland and the island of Greenland (the largest island in the world).  Iceland has some glaciers but, by and large, it is warmed by geothermal energy and is a nice place to live and has been a nice place to live for over a thousand years.  But we call it "ICE-land."  Greenland, however, is covered by a massive glacier and European settlement of the island was sparse at best because it is unsuitable for farming or large-scale settlement.  But we call it "GREEN-land." Believe it or not, these names were part of the ..read more
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Season 2, Episode 11: The SHELL GAME!!!
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
6M ago
I apologize to my listeners for the long delay between episodes.  Work has been very demanding recently and, in addition, I went on a family trip to the United Kingdom.  While I was in London, I was amazed to find shell games and three-card monte games on the streets of London.  These games are literally thousands of years old and the operator of these games can make certain that the players do not win.  What is the appeal of these games in the modern world?  We try and find some answers. Opening and Closing Music: Penguin music - ModernChillout - Background Music [NC ..read more
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Season 2. Episode 10: COVID Fraud
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
8M ago
In January 2020, like most people, I was planning my year.  I had a vacation planned with my family, my trial schedule set (more or less) and an idea of achieving some goals I had set out for myself.  Also in January, I began hearing of a strange virus that originated in Wuhan, China.  Once again, like most people, I ignored it as I thought it would not affect my life.   I was, of course, incorrect.  The COVID 19 virus has ravaged our world in a manner not seen since the Influenza epidemic of 1918.  The full effects of COVID are still not known. One effect, howeve ..read more
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Season 2, Episode 9: Corruption - what's the big deal?
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
9M ago
Corruption is a major factor in the world today (unfortunately) but this is nothing new.  Corruption is as old as human civilization itself.  But in the modern world, corruption can affect the economic and  social development of countries In this podcast, I discuss corruption and the negative (and sometimes paralyzing) effect it can have on entire nations.  Opening and Closing Music: Penguin music - ModernChillout - Background Music [NCS Release] --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gene-tausk/message ..read more
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Season 2 - Episode 8: Great Con Men of History - Part 2 of 2. Pass the Loot!
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
9M ago
PTL - People that Love!  PTL - Praise the Lord!   Or -PTL - Pass the Loot.  If you were alive in 1980s' in the US, you would hear the words of Jim and Tammy Bakker on the PTL network.  According to Jim Bakker - PTL stood for People that Love or Praise the Lord.  But as investigations into the financial improprieties of the PTL network learned, much of the monies that were intended for use for religious matters were diverted to the pocketbooks of Jim and Tammy Bakker - the leaders of PTL.  Finally, in 1987, it was disclosed that Jim Bakker paid $279,000.00 to a chu ..read more
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Season 2 Episode 7 - Great Con Men of History. Gregorij Efimovich Rasputin (Part 1 of a 2 part Series)
White Collar Crime and Fraud Podcast
by Gene Tausk
10M ago
Ra-Ra Rasputin, Lover of the Russian Queen!  There was a cat that really was gone!  Ra-Ra Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine!  It was a shame how he carried on!  (song by Boney M - Ra-Ra Rasputin!)      Gregorij Efimovich, known to history as Rasputin, indirectly caused the fall of a 300 year old Imperial dynasty and the rise of the USSR.  How did a peasant born in a nowhere village in the Russian Empire, the largest country on Earth at the time, rise to become a confidant of the Imperial Family?  Rasputin is one of the strangest cha ..read more
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