The Ponzi Playbook

Neal McTighe and Javier Leiva

White-collar crime podcast with GUARANTEED RETURNS

  • 48 minutes 25 seconds
    18: Confessions of a Ponzi Schemer: The Timepiece Gentleman (Anthony Farrar)

    This episode offers an unprecedented look into the life of the 'Timepiece Gentleman' Ponzi schemer, Anthony Farrar, whose love for luxury watches spiraled into a deceitful web of lies, culminating in a rare and candid confession.

    If you want to hear more wild Ponzi stories, subscribe to The Ponzi Playbook hosted by me, Javier Leiva, and my buddy Neal McTighe.


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    9 April 2024, 2:33 pm
  • 38 minutes 45 seconds
    17: Defrauding a U.S. President? Ferdinand Ward's Ponzi Scheme

    The Swindle of the Century: How Ferdinand Ward Duped President Grant

    This episode unveils the cunning plot that led to the financial ruin of

    Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War hero and former President of the United


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    13 March 2024, 7:30 am
  • 31 minutes 14 seconds
    16: Matthew Beasley: You May Get Shot If You Run a $500M Ponzi

    Matthew Beasley, once a respected attorney in Las Vegas, found himself at the heart of a $500 million Ponzi scheme, entangling investors with the promise of lucrative returns from slip-and-fall lawsuits. But his empire crumbled on March 3, 2022, with a shootout after the FBI showed up at his doorstep.

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    7 February 2024, 8:00 am
  • 30 minutes 52 seconds
    15: The Cash Flow King: The Ponzi Podcaster Matthew Motil

    In this episode of the Ponzi Playbook Podcast, we delve into the shocking case of Matthew Motil, the host of "The Cash Flow King" podcast, who was charged by the SEC for running an $11 million Ponzi scheme. Motil, from North Olmsted, Ohio, is accused of deceiving over 50 investors with promissory notes, falsely backed by real estate, while using their money for lavish personal expenses. We'll explore how he used his podcast and social media to lure investors, promising low-risk, high-return investments, and the impact on those who lost nearly their retirement savings. Join us as we dissect this cautionary tale of investment fraud and the ongoing efforts by authorities to bring justice to the victims.

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    6 December 2023, 8:30 am
  • 30 minutes
    The Red Collar Killer part 1

    This week's "Ponzi Playbook" episode features a special crossover with Javier's acclaimed podcast, "PRETEND." Listeners are introduced to "The Red Collar Killer," the first of a two-part series. This engaging segment delves into the world of 'red collar' criminals, a concept coined by Frank Perri, an attorney, CPA, and certified fraud examiner. These criminals, originally involved in white-collar crime, resort to violence to hide their fraudulent activities.

    PRETEND's "The Red Collar Killer" offers an intriguing look into this unique criminal behavior. For those captivated by this episode, part 2 will be available on "PRETEND," on your podcast platforms of choice.


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    22 November 2023, 8:00 am
  • 25 minutes 7 seconds
    14: From Soulmates to 'Scheme-mates': Brent and Jana Seaman's Ponzi Accusations

    Brent and Jana Seaman, a prominent Naples couple once regulars on the gala circuit, now face serious allegations as the SEC charges Brent Seaman with conducting a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. On today's episode of the Ponzi Playbook, get an in-depth look at the couple's journey from socialite status to the center of a financial controversy.

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    8 November 2023, 8:30 am
  • 25 minutes 46 seconds
    13: Matthew Piercey: Ponzi Schemer Evades FBI Capture with Underwater Scooter

    Ponzi Schemer Evades FBI Capture with Underwater Scooter

    44-year-old Matthew Piercey, accused of orchestrating a $35 million Ponzi scheme, led FBI agents on a wild chase through the streets of Redding, California. After evading capture on the roads and highways, Piercey made a desperate bid for escape by plunging into the icy waters of Lake Shasta, using a Yamaha 350LI underwater submersible device. Despite the treacherous temperatures and his mere street clothes, Piercey remained submerged for an astonishing 25 minutes before finally emerging, only to be apprehended by waiting law enforcement.

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    25 October 2023, 12:41 pm
  • 26 minutes 38 seconds
    12. Inside the World of Ponzi Schemes with Attorney Jordan Maglich of

    Jordan Maglich, the Florida-based attorney, is a household name in the realm of Ponzi schemes. He's worked on landmark Ponzi cases and is the founder of Join us on The Ponzi Playbook Podcast to hear about his firsthand experiences, the evolution of, and his unique perspective on the ever-evolving world of financial scams. 

    Note: While Maglich represents Raymond James, all opinions and insights shared are exclusively his own.

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    11 October 2023, 7:30 am
  • 29 minutes 54 seconds
    11. Melissa Caddick: The Foot Washes up on the Shore

    The grisly discovery of a decomposed foot on a remote beach 300 miles south of Sydney has thrust missing con woman Melissa Caddick's Ponzi scheme into the spotlight. The mysterious foot discovery, along with her husband Anthony Koletti's frantic texts, ignited a media frenzy, shedding light on Caddick's murky financial schemes. Caddick had promised substantial returns to investors, amassing A$30 million primarily from family and friends over eight years. However, mounting delays and difficulties in accessing funds prompted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to freeze her assets, exposing her financial front as an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

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    27 September 2023, 7:30 am
  • 22 minutes 21 seconds
    10: What a Shit Show: Ray Brewer's Cow Manure Ponzi

    The Cow Manure Ponzi Scheme that Scammed Millions

    Wouldn't it be great if we can create energy from cow shit? It's a win-win idea. Fewer greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and a source of renewable energy. Brilliant! Right?

    The so-called 'energy from cow manure' venture orchestrated by Ray Brewer became a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. From 2014 to 2019, the consummate bullshitter Ray Brewer hoodwinked investors, promising green energy riches, tax incentives, and 66% of net profits in his elaborate web of deception. This bizarre saga involves fake anaerobic digesters, forged contracts, and a trail of misappropriated funds. Join us as we crawl out of Ray Brewer's cow manure Ponzi scheme, where investors' dreams turned into a nightmarish 'Shit Show.'

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    13 September 2023, 7:30 am
  • 25 minutes 37 seconds
    9: Chimene Van Gundy: “The Queen of Mobile Homes” Ponzi

    Chimene Van Gundy, hailing from Texas, has been implicated in an alleged fraudulent scheme amounting to a staggering $18.5 million, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Nicknamed "The Queen of Mobile Homes," Van Gundy purportedly masterminded a Ponzi scheme that revolved around refurbishing and reselling mobile homes, leaving investors in financial ruin.

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    30 August 2023, 7:30 am
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