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Old 06-17-2020, 12:45 AM
 
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The DSM-5 diagnosis that many of these guys likely qualify for is Antisocial Personality Disorder:

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You'll find them running scams, and they compose a good percentage of the prison population. You'll also find them at high-level positions in corporations, and in government. They're the kind of people that run scams on senior citizens and drain their finances leaving them with nothing. Others are important to them only insofar as they can benefit from associating with them. They don't care who they hurt or destroy in the process of getting what they want.
Isn’t a common element among criminals exactly that? Antisocial tendencies?
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Old 06-17-2020, 05:26 AM
 
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Isn’t a common element among criminals exactly that? Antisocial tendencies?
This guy was the COMPLETE opposite of 'anti social'.
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:31 AM
 
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To bring this home just look at all the con artists fooling people into believing in bigfoot and dogman. Most con artists are so horrible that most just laugh them off. You just need to find those that want to believe because they will leave all common sense at the door. I have been into collecting baseball cards and memorabilia for around 35 years. It is amazing what I have seen. People that want to believe will buy some very obvious fake items.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:20 AM
 
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Not to mention, if not worse, the fake stories about claiming to be some sort of a divine representative, and confusing people about GOD. Since this is the paranormal department, I will say that I have personally witnessed some people, along with the gift of gab, who were able to perform magic tricks, such as hypnosis and the "laying on of hands", making people believe they are gifted by GOD, and making them feel real good and trustworthy for awhile. That is how some popular preachers became so wealthy. Some really did have a gift from GOD to attract, heal, and help people, but later misused the power and became egotistical, greedy, thieves. People in the video said how generous this man was and how he also helped many people too. I wonder how some gifted people in this world can stay sane, chasing after and managing millions and billions of dollars.

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Old 06-17-2020, 10:39 AM
 
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From his media interview at age 70;
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Had he controlled people by means of black magic?

"Madame, if a person had that kind of power, why would he work? If you have that kind of power you can stay where you are and rob all the banks of the world. In the United States, France, Germany, everywhere. Even here in Africa. You could rob all the banks you want."
Sounds like a confession, to me.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:40 AM
 
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This guy was the COMPLETE opposite of 'anti social'.
You're misunderstanding the meaning of the word antisocial in the definition of the disorder. See the article I posted:

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The term antisocial may be confusing to the lay public, as the more common definition outside of clinical usage is an individual who is a loner or socially isolated. The literal meaning of the word antisocial can be more descriptive to both the lay public and professionals. To be anti-social is to be against society: against rules, norms, laws and acceptable behavior. Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder tend to be charismatic, attractive, and very good at obtaining sympathy from others
They're social, it's just that their sociability is focused on one thing: what they can get out of people by connecting with them.
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:41 PM
 
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I found a NY Times story about Sissoko published by the NY Times in 1997. It was at the time that he was on trial for bribing a US customs official $30,000 to let two helicopters go from Miami to Africa. Sissoko was suppose to attend a dinner hosted by Bill Clinton but had to cancel due to his arrest on the bribery charge.

It also goes more into his background which is different than his BBC story. No doubt he cheated the banks but he did it as a wealthy businessman, not a poor villager using black magic.

https://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/22/u...n-custody.html

Born in the small Mali village of Dabia, he later went to India, worked in his youth as a house servant and became acquainted with Western culture. It was in India that his career as an entrepreneur began, as a textile trader.

Mr. Sissoko owns a majority interest in Negoce International, a New York affiliate of his multinational corporate empire, which, his lawyers say, accumulated a fortune from investments in gold and diamond mines, oil wells, casinos and hotels in Africa and the Middle East.


Here is a link to the story without a paywall:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!ms...o/M_8NrG-tTFEJ

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Old 06-17-2020, 07:48 PM
 
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His story would make a great Netflix True Crime Documentary even without the black magic aspect. And add that in and you have gold with this story. And he is still alive.

There is for sure many missing pieces in this puzzle. Perhaps the money moving from Africa to the US was laundered money.


Here is another story on him:


BRIBERY DETAINS AFRICAN ADVISER

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl...020-story.html

Sissoko, an unschooled Mali native and Gambian citizen who says he made his fortune in gold, oil, diamonds, hotels and casinos, was arrested in August on bribery charges.

Soon after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of offering the agent an illegal gratuity, the Gambian government demanded his release. The former British colony claimed he was on a special diplomatic mission at the time of his arrest and, therefore, protected from prosecution by diplomatic immunity.

This much is clear: Tipping is a way of life for Sissoko. According to court records, he spent $43 million replacing the grass huts in his native village with concrete houses. He paid for 400 African athletes to attend the Summer Olympics. He has built hospitals and schools all over West Africa and, with Gambia's encouragement, launched Air Dabia to provide much-needed air transportation in the region.

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Old 06-17-2020, 09:27 PM
 
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His story would make a great Netflix True Crime Documentary even without the black magic aspect. And add that in and you have gold with this story. And he is still alive.

There is for sure many missing pieces in this puzzle. Perhaps the money moving from Africa to the US was laundered money.


Here is another story on him:


BRIBERY DETAINS AFRICAN ADVISER

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl...020-story.html

Sissoko, an unschooled Mali native and Gambian citizen who says he made his fortune in gold, oil, diamonds, hotels and casinos, was arrested in August on bribery charges.

Soon after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of offering the agent an illegal gratuity, the Gambian government demanded his release. The former British colony claimed he was on a special diplomatic mission at the time of his arrest and, therefore, protected from prosecution by diplomatic immunity.

This much is clear: Tipping is a way of life for Sissoko. According to court records, he spent $43 million replacing the grass huts in his native village with concrete houses. He paid for 400 African athletes to attend the Summer Olympics. He has built hospitals and schools all over West Africa and, with Gambia's encouragement, launched Air Dabia to provide much-needed air transportation in the region.
This one didn't mention the special meals flown into France daily for the entire gendarmerie in the jail where he was locked up. Clearly, he's used to bribery and manipulation as a way of life. It didn't work, when he tried it on US Customs officials.
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:38 AM
 
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I don’t understand how he successfully scammed the money in the first place. Wouldn’t the banks become kinda serious about getting the money back once they notice over 200 million bucks missing or misplaced? For me that is the most mysterious part of the puzzle.
Thats what I wondered too, even if he did 'scam or con' them, for THAT much money...it would take a long time to make a bank feel THAT comfortable with yourself!


Ive been at the same bank for close to 18 years, (well actually its a credit union), and they are VERY strict about how much money I have access to, (normally only the amount I have in my account).
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