The Long Fall

This is an exclusive series on Louis J. Spina, who earned himself a fortune as a trader on the New York stock exchange, then threw it all away and ran a $20 million Ponzi scheme. After he was arrested, broke and desperate, he robbed a bank. This series was chosen as a winner in the 2017 annual contest hosted by the Deadline Club, the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Part One: From top stock trader to bank robber

Part Two: Start of the downward spiral

Part Three: Robbing a bank