Carnival Games: $10,000,000,000 Hoodwink Racket: Organized Crime on American Midways

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Xlibris Corporation, May 31, 2011 - True Crime - 184 pages
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Chances are you have been ripped off at a friendly traveling carnival, set up at your local fair or festival, because you had been left unprotected by police.

The intention of this book is not just to tell readers about the games which keep ripping them off, but most importantly to explain the clandestine behind the scenes workings of a not so friendly, well organized, criminal element.

From the innocent looking and usually rigged, two to five dollars per play "Duck Pond," to the $10,000 contribution by the itinerant carnival owner to the state or national political action committee or candidate, the author, a retired police officer, specializing in carnival midway game enforcement, has been able to associate a portion of illegally obtained cash proceeds from anonymous transient weekend midway scammers to carnival owners, to public servants, and also to distinguished politicians.

This 100-year-old entrenched system of confidence crime and public corruption still operates relatively unrestricted at weekend fairs and festivals in America.

Police simply do not arrest carnival thugs or their politician pals. No one cares about duped children or teenagers since many civic leaders ultimately get a cut of the midway loot in some way, shape, or form.

Because this traditional chicanery is actually endorsed by wink & nod carnival security (dubbed "carny-cops") and public officials, trusting carnival patrons have a high likelihood of being either swindled, pick-pocketed, or short-changed on American midways by anonymous serial criminals.

Unfortunately for unprotected American children, all but a few police agents nation-wide are either untrained, dont care, or are on the take, and refuse to address fraud (theft by deception) and gambling violations on their anything-goes, hit & run, carnival turf.

While crooked carnival owners operate these drifting mobile crime syndicates under the radar of federal law enforcement, few citizens know the full extent of the systemic immunity and corruption involved. Thus, victims of this multibillion-dollar racket continue to remain unprotected on 21st century carnival lots.

The authors exclusive investigation describes, for the first time, evidence of facilitation of free-wheeling criminal acts combined with the curious contributions/payoffs which enable this annual crime spree.

The author also uncovers crafty "payments" from culpable carnival owners and lists renowned U.S. politicians associated with the perpetuation of this ten to forty-billion-dollar per year, largely unregulated, rolling racketeer industry.

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The book’s nearly impenetrable.The author invites the readers to visit, the
author's website, to get a better understanding of organized crime on the midways. We found that
most of the links were broken. The first link points to a news article to which we learn of the author's lawsuit and to which the author was the defendant. At the bottom of the article there is a comment section to which the author replies to reader comments in a surprisingly caustic tone of voice, which is what we discovered throughout the subject book. 

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This very well written book is an evidence gathering investigation and inquiry which describes crimes in progress (swindles and gambling)on traveling carnival midways today. Through undercover photography, Richard Margittay explains how crime still prevails in plain view as police often patrol along the midways and allow kids to get ripped off. Unlike other carnival books, this author lists payments, payoffs, and contributions, and names well known politicians (Hillary Clinton's brother and U.S. Congressmen) who accept money from wealthy (named)carnival owners displaying crooked games. (Great action photographs!) The author, a retired cop, trained in carnival scams, has worked to rid carnivals of age-old cons, but payoffs and politics have impeeded him and other police specialists. (He was actually sued for $10,000 by carnies trying to stop him and shut him up.) The chapters also lists video links so that readers can also use the Internet (Google) to see features (Barbara Walters, etc.)on the inner workings of the midway confidence crime he describes. (That was really cool!) I have also read Margittay's first book: Carnival Games: The Perfect Crimes, and recommend that wonderful book also.  


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Author, Richard Margittay, a retired police officer, is pictured with a display of three notorious carnival games. “Carnival Games: The Perfect Crimes” is an account of Margittay’s police experiences and his four-year investigation, which exposed evidence of corruption responsible for illegal games (fraud and gambling), often perpetuated under the protection of law enforcement. Please see “About the Author” p age inside this cover.

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