The greatest Nashville frauds and schemes in history?

  1. My dad always told the story of when he was a kid during the Depression there was an ad in the Tennessean newspaper for an air show at the airport. A fairly large crowd went to see the show when they spotted a truck in the distance driving toward them. When the truck arrived, a little old man got out and collected dimes for the show from all the spectators. He got back in his truck and drove away. The crowd waited and waited. Needless to say, no planes ever showed.

  2. What about that time all the football kids @ Brentwood academy raped the younger kids and the story just went away because their parents have money.

  3. I had never heard of this story. Something similar happened in the rich suburb of Carmel Indiana, right out side of Indianapolis. Somehow the police department lost the only piece of evidence, a cellphone.The families of the perpetrators were wealthy and managed to get the creeps no jail time. One of the main perpetrators is now even a practicing attorney.

  4. Tennessee Waltz was a scandal. The Ray Blanton thing wasn’t a scam, but a big enough deal that they made a movie out of it,

  5. Don’t forget Tarnished Shield. When the TBI arrested a bunch of law enforcement in Cookville for running cocaine. Which they still do.

  6. When the Williamson County director of public schools played the Nashville school board to get a raise at his current job and leave us hanging. Not really a ponzi scheme but was a shitty thing to do.

  7. Ray Termini allegedly diverted millions in Medicaid money from his Connecticut-based nursing homes to fund Category 5 Records here in Nashville (repped Travis Tritt and several other notable acts). Bankrupted his company Haven Healthcare and ultimately was sued by Tritt

  8. Somewhere on the state email servers there are naked pictures of our former mayor taken by her security detail then emailed to his state account.

  9. I drive by where that building once was every morning on my way to take my kid to school. And in my head, I still see the boarded up windows with what I think were parts of the US constitution and amendments written on them? I was very young when he was going through his legal troubles, but those are my memories of that building, and it stayed that way for, at least in my childhood brain, was a very long time.

  10. Nashville shipping 100 hookers to Louisville during the civil war is kind of a bamboozle I guess. Cities still do similar things with homeless by offering them jail time or a ticket to another city. I used to see a lot homeless people who came here from other cities this way.

  11. This is how Atlanta combatted the large homeless population prior to the Olympics in 96, they shipped many of them to various cities.

  12. How about the lady on the East Nashville page who was a "plant consultant"? Some guy paid her $500 to pick out a plant for him and then she bait and switched him for a different plant.

  13. You're going to have to tell me more about this. Who would pay someone $500 to pick out a fucking plant? 😵‍💫

  14. Need to know more about this. I just always remember them staked out on 1-40 all the time. I’m that one section

  15. Bill Lee. Seriously look up the amount of money that dude has raked in since being governor. I'm surprised the US Treasury hasn't jumped him.

  16. Before Bridgestone Arena was called that, it was the Sommet Center. Until the founder of the Sommet Group was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 20 years.

  17. I gotta give the nod to William "Boots" Del Biaggio who committed enough fraud to buy the controlling interest in the Nashville Predators. Only got 8 years for it too, almost worth the risk

  18. There was the time those idiots set off a bomb on J. Percy Priest dam trying to flood Nashville. So they could rob a bank.

  19. I forgot about Sommet Group! If I remember correctly they were using client payroll funds in a Ponzi-esque manner. That's a great one. Seems like smaller businesses + stadium naming rights = suspicious behavior

  20. I worked for Instacart after I lost my job after the Covid shutdowns. A lot of people got deactivated for pretty minor things so I can't see them getting away with that for too long.

  21. The McLean Ponzi scheme was a pretty big deal, if you count Murfreesboro. Not the biggest I’m sure, but the first that springs to mind.

  22. Murder in Music City details the murder of a young babysitter by her mother, covered up by Mayor Briley because she was a Vandy nurse who regularly supplied narcotics to Nashville's elite. An innocent man served over 20 years for the crime. Every single corrupt Nashville politician got away with it, and no one but Clark was ever punished.

  23. And when illustrious Mayor Megan Barry resigned in disgrace, we got Beverly Briley’s grandson David Briley as Mayor….and I heard from several reputable sources he was an entitled pr*#*k

  24. They or another one like it set up in donelson plaza in the early 2010s, and I bought my first memory foam mattress from there, and it was pretty fantastic. They had some crazy looking stuff that you see on the regular at southeastern salvage, or when a Fictional South American drug lord’s home is raided and the goods are repossessed.

  25. As someone who is currently working in SoCal 3 weeks a month this is crazy accurate. EVERYONE I meet says “You live in Nashville?! We’ve been looking to move there.”

  26. When did this start? What a blatant lie. I wonder how many moved here and quickly realized they were duped.

  27. The new stadium is going to set a record for public funds spent on a stadium and the mayor has convinced the public that it’s free

  28. There is currently one under investigation and in court. Google Mark Janbaksh. He is the previous owner of Automasters, and current owner of Plaza Mariachi in South Nashville. There’s about $30M on the line. Apparently he lied to banks about his assets to secure additional loans from banks and later filed bankruptcy so those banks were SOL and finally investigated him and his businesses. The FBI and the DOJ are involved at this point.

  29. Robert W. McLean. The Bernie Madoff of TN. There was an American Greed episode about it. Fascinating and sad.

  30. I see your submission and raise you HotChickens.com which was a restaurant (yes, it's name was a website address) and was run by Sammy Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan.

  31. Biggest scam is convincing anyone it’s a good idea to live here and pay these expensive prices for dog crap apartments and houses 🤠

  32. One of our most recent was the Barry Stokes ponzi scheme. Stokes was the founder of 1Point Solutions, a company that managed 401K plans for companies. He was charged in 2006 after clients found their 401K accounts were missing assets. The end tally was over $19 million embezzled from clients and their employees. He bought a lot of art with the money. I assume he figured that would not get seized. He was sentenced and ultimately died in prison.

  33. Not Nashville but there was the Rutherford County Sheriff who only allowed his private brand of ecigs in the jail.

  34. Not really a fraud, but definitely a scheme: My dad told me once there was a plot to blow up the Percy Priest dam, and then the crew would go rob banks while the cops were busy with the dam explosion. Obviously didn't happen.

  35. Never invested in ftx but man RIP for all that did! The corruption in crypto and even the actual stock market is insanely high. I can’t wait for the whole system to collapse

  36. The biggest scam in the history of Nashville is convincing those rednecks that y’all actually produce music. It would honestly be pretty impressive except the ppl that go to Nashville for music or buy that trash y’all call music are toeing the 64-65 IQ line.

  37. Those shitty festivals like the Taco Fest or Beer and Bacon. Charge a decent fee just to stand in lines just to have them run out of everything in an hour. They still sell like hotcakes so...

  38. Paying to see a act that was so auto tuned, the live experience was poor. I was in another state when I saw the Justin Timberlake HBO special. It was similar to Elton John. I can imagine that having live performances that are as good or superior to a headset at home. Or your vehicle, etc. would help audiences not feel “scammed”.

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