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Denver-area financiers couldnt refuse William Destros offer: using their investment, hed buy up properties that were sure to skyrocket in price, and everyone would share in the gains. What Destro didnt tell his investors and what eventually got him sentenced to 20 years in prison was that his company was so unstable there was no way he could live up to his end of the bargain. Before he was busted in 2003, Destro bilked locals including Broncos defensive back Tyrone Braxton out of $ 2.4 million over six years.
Amadeus Harlan is the latest in a long line of local scam artists, from make-believe sheiks to fraudulent high-school cheerleaders. Here are some of the not-so-usual suspects: