Swindlers at Work
June 11, 1915
Los Angeles. June 10, 1915
H. F. McCarter, aged 70, a Carey, Idaho rancher today reported to the police that swindlers operating a grain wire tapping game robbed him of $6,000, every penny he owned.
McCarter believes he was robbed by the same men who induced a Kansas farmer to hand over $1,500. The men showed McCarter a table "loaded with about a million in gold." Thereupon McCarter sold his Idaho ranch and turned over every nickle to the swindlers who vanished.
His daughter, Kate, writes in the McCarter Family History that, H. F. went home and sold all the cattle, but not the ranch. The movie "The Sting" shows how the complicated wire tapping swindle involving horse racing, rather that grain futures, was perpetrated.