Robert Tilton made a LOT of $$ conning people. That is until Diane Sawyer and ABC’s “Prime Time Live” took him down circa 1991. I remember it when it all went down (I was about 18). It was very amusing and YouTube kindly reproduces much of the drama.
My favorite was Tilton’s one hour mea culpa; you could tell he knew the ship was sinking fast. Check out the very end of this video where some producer literally has to push his then wife Marte into camera range and Bob says to her “you are so sweet and obedient.”