Meet Alan Young, Oakland’s (in)famous con artist
on May 11, 2010
For nearly 30 years, a con artist named Alan Young has been living the high life around the Bay Area – on other people’s tabs. He pretends to be what he’s not – a member of a famous Motown group, like the Temptations or the Four Tops – who’s now a wealthy art lover or philanthropist with money to invest. He’s been at it since at least the mid-80s, with short visits to prison in between. In this audio podcast, Tasneem Raja and Nancy López speak to two investigators who had their own run-ins with Alan Young over the last twenty years about how the con works and why it’s so difficult to stop.
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