Victor was a highly skilled con artist from Austria-Hungary, who undertook a criminal career that involved conducting scams across Europe and the United States during the early 20th century. He is widely regarded as one of the most notorious con artists of his time, and is infamous for being "the man who sold the Eiffel Tower twice", and for conducting the "Rumanian Box" scam....
Arrested for counterfeiting, the day before his trial, Lustig managed to escape from the Federal House of Detention in New York City by faking illness and using a specially made rope to climb out of the building, but was recaptured 27 days later in Pittsburgh. Lustig pleaded guilty at his trial and was sentenced to 15 years in Alcatraz Island, California for his original charge, with a further five years for his prison escape. On 9 March 1947, Lustig contracted pneumonia, and was pronounced dead two days later at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.
~~ Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Lustig?con artist
1894–1969 (m. 1925)
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