24 episodes

John Ruffo engineered one of the most outlandish frauds in American history -- a $350 million swindle. But even after his arrest, no one really knew Ruffo. When the unassuming Brooklyn computer salesman pleaded guilty in 1998 and received a 17-year prison sentence, his story was just beginning. He turned in his ankle monitor, made a final stop at an ATM, drove to JFK Airport and vanished. In Season 2, the ABC News investigative unit joins the U.S. Marshals cold-case fugitive manhunt for Ruffo as they span the globe and uncover surprising details about his cloak-and-dagger past. The final clue may come from listeners who will once again be asked, Have You Seen This Man?

Have You Seen This Man‪?‬ ABC News

    • True Crime
    • 4.4 • 2.3K Ratings

John Ruffo engineered one of the most outlandish frauds in American history -- a $350 million swindle. But even after his arrest, no one really knew Ruffo. When the unassuming Brooklyn computer salesman pleaded guilty in 1998 and received a 17-year prison sentence, his story was just beginning. He turned in his ankle monitor, made a final stop at an ATM, drove to JFK Airport and vanished. In Season 2, the ABC News investigative unit joins the U.S. Marshals cold-case fugitive manhunt for Ruffo as they span the globe and uncover surprising details about his cloak-and-dagger past. The final clue may come from listeners who will once again be asked, Have You Seen This Man?

    The Barber

    The Barber

    A scrap of paper that Linda found in Ruffo’s coat pocket reveals an early clue pointing investigators to Italy. Does Ruffo’s Italian barber know more? U.S. Marshals head to Rome for answers in the midst of a global pandemic. They try and rekindle the search for the fugitive on the Adriatic coast. Back home, Ruffo's former wife contemplates a reunion she both dreads and desperately wants.
    To see photos of John Ruffo, including an age progression image provided by the U.S. Marshals, visit https://abcn.ws/37tRIK2.

    • 58 min
    In from the Cold

    In from the Cold

    In secret diaries he left behind, John Ruffo spins an exotic Cold War tale. But is it all part of another Ruffo con? Did one FBI veteran carry crucial information to the grave? We go in search of retired agents and an infamous convicted FBI turncoat to see if any of them hold answers to the mystery of Ruffo’s escape.
    To see photos of John Ruffo, including an age progression image provided by the U.S. Marshals, visit https://abcn.ws/37tRIK2.

    • 48 min
    The Long Con

    The Long Con

    Investigators thought they knew John Ruffo when they exposed his crime. But in tape-recorded prison calls, Ruffo’s accomplice tells the FBI they don't know the half of it. One of Ruffo’s lawyers reveals the reason he needed a top secret clearance to mount Ruffo’s defense. And as Ruffo’s past takes shape, U.S. Marshals enter a maze of fake identities and front companies, trying to follow the money. 
    To see photos of John Ruffo, including an age progression image provided by the U.S. Marshals, visit https://abcn.ws/37tRIK2.

    • 51 min
    The Dream

    The Dream

    Linda Lausten spent 19 years married to a man she never really knew. His escape sent her reeling -- as if widowed by a husband who wasn’t dead. She starts to uncover clues about who John Ruffo really was. As the U.S. Marshals continue their search, go along as a tantalizing lead takes them inside Dodger Stadium. 
    To see photos of John Ruffo, including an age progression image provided by the U.S. Marshals, visit https://abcn.ws/37tRIK2.

    • 47 min
    Project Star

    Project Star

    The crime was audacious –- the biggest swindle of its time –- falsely trading on the name and clout of American’s tobacco giant, Phillip Morris. Getting access to millions, John Ruffo transformed himself into a Wall Street high roller. He spun fantastical tales of secret government missions. And when it all started to unravel, he ripped a page from a John Grisham thriller, leaving U.S. Marshal criminal profilers to make sense of a cryptic farewell note.
    To see photos of John Ruffo, including an age progression image provided by the U.S. Marshals, visit https://abcn.ws/37tRIK2.

    • 43 min
    Hold On, Marshal Kevin

    Hold On, Marshal Kevin

    John Ruffo, a small-time computer salesman from New York City with a surprising gift for deception, committed a staggering $353 million bank fraud. After Ruffo was handed a 17-year sentence, the U.S. Marshals had him in handcuffs, ready to haul him off to prison. What happened next would leave a trail of shattered lives and spark one of the longest, most intensive manhunts in U.S. history. 

    To see photos of John Ruffo, including an age progression image provided by the U.S. Marshals, visit https://abcn.ws/37tRIK2.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

MrsNotAmused ,

No consistent updates

I’m enjoying the content and it’s been a great podcast. My only annoyance is the inconsistency of when episodes drop. I thought it was Wednesdays but it’s seems like it just gets updated randomly. That’s been a turn off.

cat.ladyx4 ,

Is the ex wife for real?

For Linda to blame Ed for dragging John into a life of crime is completely ridiculous. He cheated and stole because he was a criminal not because someone made him into one. However I do like the series. I could do without her little girl voice but I guess she can’t help that regardless of how old she is by now. Also she seems to be pining over him all these years later no mention of how happy she is in her life now no mention how happy she is that she has a daughter. How was she able to adopt a baby considering her connection to one of the FBI’s 15 most wanted criminals

Jilly411 ,

compelling!

Great story telling!! I can’t wait to hear more and more about this compelling story!

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