An amateur swindler might promise you fabulous wealth or an authentic Picasso painting. But Craig Stevens knows what you really want: In-N-Out burgers. The con artist currently stands accused of leeching $4.27 million off investors on the promise of In-N-Out franchises that didn't exactly exist.
Stevens began his scheme back in January, when he started emailing potential marks about In-N-Out franchises he planned to bring to the Middle East. They could have a location for $150,000, plus an additional $250,000 per year in royalties. Later on in June, he sent one unidentified Lebanese investor a made-up licensing agreement, which landed him with his wire fraud charge.