Ponzi: The Best Show Ever Staged Since the Landing of the Pilgrims!
Ponzi is a two-minute animated short created by Strike Anywhere that tells the story of Charles Ponzi (1832-1949, an Italian swindler considered one of the greatest swindlers in American history. Ponzi’s scheme was a scam to rip off his investors, and it was the scheme that made Bernie Madoff famous. Mr. Madoff was a charlatan of epic proportions, a greedy manipulator who choreographed a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. More recently, Kenneth Starr was accused of using his Ponzi scheme to defraud targets who were a “Who’s Who” list of actors, directors, writers and other artists.
As Ponzi neared death in the hospital, he granted one last newspaper interview and claimed, “Even if they never got anything for it, it was cheap at that price. Without malice aforethought I had given them the best show that was ever staged in their territory since the landing of the Pilgrims! It was easily worth fifteen million bucks to watch me put the thing over.”
Ponzi: One of the Greatest Swindlers in American History
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