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Fleeced

Inside the Paisley Hotel, the morning sessions of the crime convention were just wrapping up. Kyle Fleming, the FBI agent from Florida, had given such an informative, albeit amusing lecture the day before on con artists, that hed been asked to fill in for another speaker who canceled at the last minute. Fleming had always been fascinated by the number of people in the world who were crooks.

Big-time crooks, small-time crooks, theyre all out there just dying for your money, hed said. Some of them will do just about anything to get it. The people who interest me are not the ones who climb through a window and rob you blind. Anyone can try that. Anyone can steal your purse when you turn your back at the airport. Its the crooks who gain your trust, your confidence, and then rob you blind. Thats what really hurts. So many of them get away with these crimes because people are too embarrassed to come forward with their stories.

Con artists come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them are masters at changing their appearance so theyre not easily detected. They move around, hit a target, and then theyre gone. Thats what makes them hard to catch.

Here are a few of my favorites

He showed slides of several people and talked about each one.

This smooth operator had several wives who obviously didnt know about each other. He bilked them of their savings and broke their hearts. He may not look like Romeo, but he obviously had something

This couple would blow into big cities, create an image of success by throwing lavish parties to which theyd invite people they barely knew, then get some of these same people who were impressed by it all to invest in their scams

Members of the audience asked so many questions that Fleming didnt get to all his slides. Hed been about to flash the photo of Georgette Hughes on the screen when he looked at his watch.

This next one is a crook who is a master at changing her look, but I think she deserves ten minutes, and our time is up, he concluded.

The crowd groaned.

Nora stood. I think its safe to say that wed all love for Kyle to continue. I certainly hope hell join us again next year.

The crowd gave an enthusiastic round of applause as Nora went over to shake Kyles hand. Kyle, are you free tonight? Ive invited a number of the people here to a cocktail party down at the Settlers Club. Its their one hundredth anniversary. Then well go for a late dinner.

Thanks, Nora, Kyle said. Ill try to stop by. But I already have plans.


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