Larry C. Adams, CPA
Phoenix, Arizona USA
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Fraud Examiner
Telephone (602) 995-8008
May 1995 Topics
Dolphin Mind Scam, Bilbrey Treatment,
Conundrum, Perjury, Tissue Checks,
Creative Punishment, and Puff-Adder
people consider an accountant as
dangerous as an African snake.
Fraud In Other Words
and Uncensored Street Slang
by Larry C. Adams, CFE, CPA, CIA, CISA
Dolphin Mind Scam
A medical technology
quackery scheme in Colorado and Arizona in 1994 that claimed to mimic the
healing powers of dolphins. The “Dolphin Mind Computer” was a small,
battery-driven box that emitted weak electrical impulses through a band
worn on the user’s head. The device sold for $700. A psychotherapist
referred patients to the salesmen. It was not a real computer, but a
collection of cheap electrical parts available at a common electronics
store. The promotional material claimed that the
Mind Computer helps to change unhealthy brain wave frequencies into
healthy frequencies, allowing the user to become well. It claimed a 97%
success rate in curing chronic fatigue syndrome. Its magical healing
powers also would soothe serious and debilitating illnesses, diabetes,
Alzheimer’s, insomnia, autism, depression, allergies, sleep disorders,
back injuries, and arthritis. The device claimed to emit the same
frequencies that dolphins use to heal people with health problems.
However, the device emitted inexact frequencies, and the frequencies
fluctuated as the battery ran down. The Dolphin Mind Computer claimed to
erase “genetic tapes” of illness in the brain before physical symptoms
could develop. Actually, it had no effect on most of the purchasers of the
device. The salesmen refused to make refunds. Medical science has been
unable to prove that dolphins and unicorns have real healing powers.
A magic elixir sold by Michael Kent Bilbrey in 1995. He promoted the
potion as an effective remedy for cancer. Aging attorneys and bankers with
cancer spent $50,000 to buy doses of
cure. Bilbrey’s Treatment was nothing more than a concoction of cranberry
juice, salt, and other common ingredients. There was no basis in medicine
or science to support any cure. Patients eventually died of cancer.
Bilbrey even tried romancing a daughter of a sickly father in Chandler,
Arizona, when other family members became skeptical of the potion. This
divided family loyalties while he continued to sell the potion. In 1991,
Bilbrey fraudulently promoted another wonder cure, Trizone. He claimed
Trizone would cleanse people’s blood of the virus that causes AIDS.
Anything that puzzles. A problem for which there is no satisfactory
solution. A hard question. A mystery. A riddle for which the answer
involves a pun or a play on words.
The willful telling of a lie, while under oath to tell the truth. The
lie pertains to a material matter in the point of inquiry. Breaking any
or formal promise. Deliberately giving false evidence. Willfully giving
misleading or incomplete testimony in a court or by affidavit. Affirming
that a previously made statement is true, when the statement is material
and the person under oath does not believe the statement is true. False
swearing. Subornation of perjury is procuring another person to commit
To reduce fraud losses in the 1830’s, some banks used tissue checks. A
series of different colored sheets of tissue paper was pasted together.
Injury to the check surface would show the color of the next layer of
tissue paper and call attention to an attempt to tamper with the check.
A punishment or a sentence that is tailored to the specific crime as
well as to the needs of the defendant and society. The punishment may
include direct restitution to the victims, or specific types of community
service. White collar criminals may be required to give public lectures to
deter other persons from committing fraud, or to teach business groups how
to deter fraud.
A 1930’s term for an accountant. An accountant was an adder of
persons considered an accountant as dangerous as that particular species
of African snake or viper. Bitis arientans (the puff-adder)
inflates its large body and hisses when disturbed.
Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English
Language, Gramercy Books, New York, 1989, p. 1163.
Photo: www.cycletothesummit.org.uk/ photoalbumw.php
Adams, CFE, CPA, CIA, CISA, has experience as a forensic consultant,
director of auditing, financial controller, federal investigator and
regional manager on projects in United States, Latin America, and Asia. He
publishes the book and online editions of “Fraud In Other Words.” His Web
site is www.larry-adams.com. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 1995 Larry C. Adams.
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