8. Tom Petters - $3.65 billion
Tom was a dangerous scammer because he was so immensely connected in multiple industries. He owned several wholesale companies, as well as being the CEO of his Petters Group Worldwide. Everyone that knew him thought of him as a good and kind man, but his green ended up being his demise.
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The SEC and FBI got suspicious when his lucrative purchases didn’t stop. If it weren’t for his VP, Deanna Coleman, nobody would have found a thing. For his malicious acts, Petters is looking to spend the rest of his life in prison.