The Dirty Dozen: Intel’s Guide to the Cheats, Crooks, and Con Artists of the Greatest Depression


Warren Buffett once famously said, “It’s when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.” Since the market crashed this past September, the swaggering scam artists of the financial industry have had their goods — or, rather, not-so-goods — exposed. Their crimes range in size from Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme to oddball financial adviser Edward Solomon’s takedown of a Peekskill bank for $5,900 while wearing a Groucho Marx nose and glasses — after which he faked his own suicide by jumping out of a plane. Or wait: Was the fake suicide Marcus Schrenker? The point is, there are so many of these wacky stories surfacing in the news each day, it’s hard to keep them straight. To help, here’s a handy chart.