Welcome to Florida

Episode 30: Con Men (Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson)

January 12, 2021 Chadd Scott Season 2 Episode 30
Welcome to Florida
Episode 30: Con Men (Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson)
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Welcome to Florida
Episode 30: Con Men (Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson)
Jan 12, 2021 Season 2 Episode 30
Chadd Scott

Craig Pittman and Chadd Scott begin this week's episode talking briefly about the history of con men in Florida, the attempted overthrow of the federal government last week by white nationalists which prominently featured a Florida Man, and Craig's latest Florida Phoenix article about ecological catastrophe caused by a paper mill on the Fenholloway River in Perry.

This week's guest is Jeff Testerman, a now-retired former investigative reporter at the St. Petersburg Times (before it became the Tampa Bay Times) whose background as a mortgage banker gave him a unique ability among reporters to follow a paper trail and discern dirty deeds from a batch of documents. Exposing the Bobby Thompson scam was his finest hour, That story is told in his new book, "Call Me Commander: A Former Intelligence Officer and the Journalists Who Uncovered His Scheme to Fleece America."

"Welcome to Florida" is now sponsored by HipCamp. If you have property in Florida which will help campers, glampers or RV vacationers connect with nature, HipCamp needs your help as a host. Hosts in Florida are earning up to $1000 a month by offering their property through HipCamp. HipCamp allows you to rent your property on your schedule, pays via PayPal or direct deposit, and even handles the insurance. 

Learn more by visiting HipCamp.com/host.

Show Notes

Craig Pittman and Chadd Scott begin this week's episode talking briefly about the history of con men in Florida, the attempted overthrow of the federal government last week by white nationalists which prominently featured a Florida Man, and Craig's latest Florida Phoenix article about ecological catastrophe caused by a paper mill on the Fenholloway River in Perry.

This week's guest is Jeff Testerman, a now-retired former investigative reporter at the St. Petersburg Times (before it became the Tampa Bay Times) whose background as a mortgage banker gave him a unique ability among reporters to follow a paper trail and discern dirty deeds from a batch of documents. Exposing the Bobby Thompson scam was his finest hour, That story is told in his new book, "Call Me Commander: A Former Intelligence Officer and the Journalists Who Uncovered His Scheme to Fleece America."

"Welcome to Florida" is now sponsored by HipCamp. If you have property in Florida which will help campers, glampers or RV vacationers connect with nature, HipCamp needs your help as a host. Hosts in Florida are earning up to $1000 a month by offering their property through HipCamp. HipCamp allows you to rent your property on your schedule, pays via PayPal or direct deposit, and even handles the insurance. 

Learn more by visiting HipCamp.com/host.