Jeremy Wilson spent 25 years fabricating new aliases, leaving behind a thicket of confusing and falsified records. Along the way, he had more than 27 aliases in five states. Now he is at Rikers Island, awaiting trial.
1. How did Mr. Wilson use these various identities to commit fraud?
2. What does the article mean when it talks about his approach to fraud as old-fashioned?
3. What was Wilson’s first con job?
4. What red flags of fraud were mentioned regarding Mr. Wilson?
5. What do you think was his most outrageous fraud?
6. How did the frauds benefit him, if at all? Discuss in terms of the fraud triangle.
McKinley, Jr, J. and R. Rojas. (2016). The Lives and Lies of a Professional Impostor. The New York Times, Feb. 4 (Retrievable online at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/nyregion/jeremy-wilson-a-compulsive-con-man.html)