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Mind of a Con ManIn the summer of 2011, Diederik Stapel was accused of research fraud. It became the lead story in the Netherlands and would dominate headlines for months. Overnight, Stapel went from being a respected professor to perhaps the biggest con man in academic science.

1. How did Stapel commit the fraud?
2. Why did Stapel do this? Discuss this question in terms of the Fraud Triangle.
3. Was this a victimless fraud? Discuss.
4. How long did the fraud last and what was the extent of the fraud in terms of academic works?

Bhattacharjee, Y. (2013). The Mind of a Con Man. The New York Times, April 26 (Retrievable online at