Weird Money Stories

What would you do for a _____ Bar? If you are of a certain age, this question will not stump you! I don’t know what you would do for this chocolate covered (vanilla ice cream) dessert, but I doubt that you would commit a crime. Many people throughout the world have done some bizarre things to get their hands on money! It might actually stump you that so many people continue to do outrageous things in an effort to improve their financial situations. It seems that little regard is given for ethics, life, or love.


Mr. Thomas Tusser wrote, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” When people forsake good judgement to gain money at any cost, they are seldom able to hold onto those ill-gotten gains. Here are people from around the globe who were involved in weird money stories:

  1. On the Take: Joon Park, a loan broker in Virginia, was recently sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. According to prosecutors, he was able to garner $100 million in bank loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration based on forged documents. Discover how the 43-year-old arranged more than 100 deceptive loans.

  2. Brother, Brother: They’re names are not Cain and Abel, but these brothers were involved in a murder! A Chicago man conspired with his younger brother to kill his wife in 2009. After nearly four years, Darron Brewer and Dujuan Powe finally faced a jury to attempt to answer why they were “in for the kill!” Darron stated that he realized that he was gay, and he planned to kill his wife for insurance money. Read more to find out what was really going on, including the following: confessions of consensual sex, a fake carjacking, and the shooting of a mother of two.

  3. Return Policy: When I see adults with 2-4 children, I frequently make a “simple” request. I’ll say, “Let me have them.” I don’t know their relationships to the children, but their responses are overwhelmingly the same. The adults often reply, “You’ll bring them back!” I still have not had more than five people to give me the desired response: To let the children hear them say something reassuring. Too many of our children hear negativity; so, I try to promote positivity.

  4. A recent case in Norway reminded me of my “Press Positive” activity. In an attempt to blackmail their parents, three young adults from Kristiansand faked their own kidnapping. All under 23-years-old, the two females and one male, were arrested this week. I’m sure their parents are troubled about their attempt to get a “refund” for their return! Learn more about the police investigator’s view on this type of exploitation.

Have you read about other weird money stories? Please comment.

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