The lion, the polygamist, and the biofuel scam | Curio

The lion, the polygamist, and the biofuel scam

50 mins | Feb 24, 2021

An unusual duo, but a classic American swindle story. 
How a teetotaling fundamentalist teamed up with a hard-partying tycoon to dupe the lucrative American biodiesel production industry. Vince Beiser explores the rise and fall of Jacob Kingston and Lev Dermen, who undertook on a wildly complex series of exploitative business ventures, involving barges of recycled grease, forged papers and phantom truck trips to earn hundreds of millions of dollars.


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