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Anyone’s stash will do.

White-collar criminals come in all sizes and styles, but they share a motive: to steal money. Anyone’s stash will do. According to the FBI, they are experts at “deceit, concealment, [and] violation of trust.” Of the lot, the most complex to prosecute and the likeliest to weasel a light or “deferred” sentence are the fraudsters whose open secret is to appear legitimate: the neighborly crook, the good egg from church. Money launderers, work-site embezzlers, pyramid scammers, phony security traders — nice folk like Gina Champion-Cain. The latest basket term for crimes perpetrated on the near and maybe dear is “affinity fraud,” tricking those the swindler knows, often intimately.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission notes that the affinity con targets people with common interests: “religious or ethnic…

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