Follow The Money: The Worlds Sharpest Fraudbusters

A flow chart showing the complex money transfers of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Tradex, and directed by Art Ferdig.

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation.

Follow The Money by Dave Bowker

The full flowchart showing how funds were transferred through multiple accounts in order to obfuscate the source

Careful attention had to be paid to how this flowchart fitted together, and multiple layouts were investigated in order to get the most efficient pathways between transactions.

Follow The Money Detail by Dave Bowker

The shear number of lines that connected to one another required clear breaks in the flow to distinguish between each of the transactions

During the print process the colours were adjusted by magazine staff, and the white flow lines were substituted for a reflective silver finish.

Follow The Money Printed in Wired UK by Dave Bowker

The final piece printed in the magazine next to the article.

The accompanying article was written by Nick Ryan and was published in the September, 2009 edition of Wired UK.

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