SCANDALS: Gulling the Beautiful People

Getting Penny Pincher Jack Benny to kick $300,000 into a shaky oil scheme is no easy job. Enticing Financial Cognoscente George J.W. Goodman ("Adam Smith," author of The Money Game) to chip in $110,000 seemingly should be even harder. Or consider trying to gull $211,000 out of Walter Wriston, chairman of the First National City Bank.

All three—and 2,000 other investors from show business, sports, politics, the law, business and banking—succumbed to the inspired salesmanship of an Oklahoma lawyer named Robert S. Trippet. By last summer, when he resigned one step ahead...

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