Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publici

The Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publicized Manhunts in History

By Ellen Pollock

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Martin Frankel was a small-town "mama's boy. " He was also a financial wizard with big dreams. Pollock, a lead writer on "The Wall Street Journal"Us Pulitzer Prize-nominated coverage of the Frankel affair, draws on interviews and extensive research to recreate Frankel's life and times. This is not only the stunning portrait of a scoundrel, but a fascinating look at decidedly unorthodox period in business history.


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Book Information

Publisher: Free Press
Publish Date: 10/02/2002
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 9780743204194
ISBN-10: 0743204190
Language: English

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This is the unbelievable-but-true account of Martin Frankel -- a timid, two-bit investor with a dark side who pulled off one of the greatest financial scams of the century and led the FBI on a four-month global chase before finally being caught.
The Pretender chronicles how a bumbling thirty-year-old Midwesterner, a lifelong gawky misfit, built an intricate, fraudulent moneymaking scheme that bilked insurance companies out of $200 million. Transforming himself from mama's boy to corporate mogul, Martin Frankel entered a world peopled with desperate businessmen, political power brokers, masterful con artists, vulnerable women, vindictive husbands, and charitable priests -- and spun his web of lies deep inside the power centers of Washington, D.C., New York, and the Vatican. But such success and excess aroused the suspicions of the authorities, and Frankel vanished from his opulent mansion-leaving behind a mysterious fire and some very confused law-enforcement officials-and ran for his life across Europe.

About the Author

Ellen Joan Pollock is a senior special writer of page one features at The Wall Street Journal, where she has worked for more than twelve years. She has focused on personalities from George W. Bush to Michael Jackson to Ronald Perelman, and spent several years covering the Whitewater scandal.

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