CRIME: The Great Ford Swindle

To the prosperous farmers of Illinois' rural Fulton County, it sounded like a gilt-edged business opportunity: Henry Ford was planning to build a huge soybean processing plant at nearby Canton if local people exhibited their faith in the enterprise by buying a factory site. Many a farmer shelled out forthwith, and the investors were soon rewarded for their faith. Ford, they were told, had simply been testing them. To escape inheritance taxes, he had decided to divide his vast fortune among poor and worthy people—if they now wanted to invest further, he would issue certificates which would repay them...

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