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 Profiling ponzi-ists is an ever-challenging endeavor.

Members of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (FAU) are trying to apply some of the techniques used to find serial killers to detect white collar criminals. According to the first article below, the FBI now (for the first time) has an embedded agent working with the main office of the SEC.

1) Nicole Piquero, an associate professor of criminology at Florida State University, who wrote several academic papers that Hilts' BAU team is reviewing, said her research on white collar offenders, has found that many are extremely controlling in the workplace, almost obsessively so. But she said the problem profilers may encounter is that the characteristics that make a successful businessman, especially on Wall Street, are often ones shared by white collar offenders.

2) In any case, as the criminal CFO of Crazy Eddie, I found that most journalists, Wall Street analysts, investors, and auditors did not know how to ask proper questions, who to ask the proper questions to, how to handle my deceptive answers, and how to ask appropriate follow up questions.

More from Crazy Eddie's Antar:

Do not trust, just verify. Verify, verify, and verify.

White-collar criminals use a combination of charm and deceit to achieve their objectives.

White-collar criminals consider your humanity, ethics, morality, and good intentions as weaknesses to be exploited in the execution of their crimes.

White-collar criminals measure their effectiveness by the comfort level of their victims.

White-collar criminals build a wall of false integrity around them to gain the trust of their victims.

White-collar crime can be more brutal than violent crime, since white collar crime imposes a collective harm on society.

No criminal finds morality and stops committing crime simply because another criminal went to jail.


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  1. Emmett Moore on April 25, 2011 11:19 pm

    I was a white collar criminal. Convicted of securities fraud. I sold securities that were a classic ponzi. I went to a federal prison and served 33 months. Why did I do it? The answer is not easy. I am currently 41, and committed my crimes at the age of 27. I did it because I was impatient for success. I felt that the world was bitter and cold and that I should also be bitter and cold. I did it to impress my father. He never thought much of me and I desperately wanted his acceptance. I did it fulfill my own feelings of inadequacy. I did it for the money, it was easy and fast.

    In retrospect, I was a monster. A sociopath. A very ugly person.

    Would I do it again? If the stakes were right, I probably would. I have felt the terrible sting of the federal whip, have been subjected to the worst the penal system has to offer. Stuffed into a solitary cage for 39 days, slept on a cold floor with only a blanket of human hair and fingernails. Been publicy humiliated in the newspaper, TV, and internet. So, why would I possibly take such a risk?

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