Museum gives fraud its sordid place in history

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Baseball has a hall of fame, as does rock 'n' roll. So why not one of the world's oldest professions?

The Fraud Museum, a traveling exhibit based in Austin, houses memorabilia from some of the most infamous scam artists, con men and snake-oil salesmen in the history of Western commerce.

It's an eye-opening reminder that financial malfeasance didn't begin with Enron's overstatement of its earnings from 1998 to 2001. The museum does pay tribute to Enron, and other disgraced companies from this century — WorldCom and Adelphia — with a collection of now-worthless stock certificates, but much of the exhibition is devoted to financial transgressions from an earlier era.

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