Take, for example, this: a man on board a Portland-to-Seattle flight in 1971 passed a note to a flight attendant between orders of whisky. The note said he had a bomb. His demand? A $200,000 hostage ransom and parachutes. The plane landed, the highjacker got the ransom, and after taking off again, he skydived out of the plane, holding on to the cash. Some of the dough washed up near the Columbia River, but the highjacker, if he lived, was never found.
Then there's the other end of the equation: thieves with a plot so simple it's shocking it ever worked. In 1911, a man stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Crazy. But even crazier? All he did was hide in the museum on a Sunday, then stuff the painting under a smock and walk out. The story's slightly more complicated than this infographic makes it out to be--but not much.
Anyway, there's a lot of interesting info here. Oh, and if you start reading up on the heists and realize 25 minutes have passed, here's a fun fact: The Great Royal Mail Train Robbery was pulled off in that time.
Fraud probably doesn't count as a heist but it's a lot bigger.
Karabesivic sold secret source code to Chinese firms for $20,000 costing American Superconductors 90% of its $97 million dollar revenue.
Bernard Madoff defrauded clients of 65 billion dollars in the second largest ponzi scheme known (second to the social security program itself). Most of this is in money was in nonexistent profits and the actual loss was probably just (lol just) $10B.
$100m+ cases of medicare fraud are common. In 2011 the FBI recovered $4.1 Billion dollars in fraudulent medicare payments the actual level of fraud is probably more than ten times higher. In that same year medicare cost taxpayers $450 Billion. With billing done on the honor system. In the biggest cases procedures are billed for that were never performed sometimes on patients that are not even alive. But far more commonly and almost impossible to procure services are given that are not needed.
Greedy bankers swindled investors into buying very low value loans at top dollar driving up home costs in a bubble that when popped lost americans $6.5 trillion in directly in home values and probably much much more
in less direct damage to the global economy. Most Americans have suffered at least in part from this but no real accountability was ever seen. While no conceivable torment of the guilty could compare to the collective suffering that was caused even token punishments have not been given and in some cases the guilty parties have not only been allowed to continue but were rewarded for the actions responsible for the calamity.
The Greedy bankers and the law maker from the government are working together in creating the housing bubble problem with he government political pushing to give a home to as many people possible if they were credit worthy or not or understood the details of a balloon loan or not. When the border line credit worthy home owner could not afford the jump in payments after the balloon loan and did not have a clear understanding or monies to deal with the situation, they walk away from their homes.
It was not only the banks at fault for giving loans to credit worth people and surprising them later with payments they could not afford, it was also the government responsible for the problem.
Hence the government bailed out the banks. for the benefit of the banks and the government they refered to the dead beat home owners as the problem as they walk away from the homes. The experts in gaging risk is the banks and their lies the problem with the motivation to make risky loans from the gov.
I am not secretly eavesdropping on you. I am microscopically 'analyzing' your communication and saving it for further 'analysis' on the premise you might be a terrorist. The word analysis makes it legally ok. ~US Gov.
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