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A few glamorous conmen appear in today’s Daily News. David Birnbaum, aka “David B. Guggenheim, and Vladimir Zuravel, aka “Vladimier Z. Guggenheim, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.Alleged accomplice Catarina Pietra Tournei — who called herself a countess and used Guggenheim Fund stationary — is still at large.
The Countess and the Guggenheims are accused of selling fake investments, including $4 billion of crude oil and a $1 billion deal involving diamonds and vodka, though the alleged scheme found no takers.
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