CONNED

CONNED

What do you do when your best friend is on the line- the end of your fishing line? Finding his murdered best friend’s body drags a soon-to-be-retiring financial executive into the ruthless world of con artists and scammers that prowl idyllic Nantucket Island for unsuspecting marks.

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DUPED

DUPED

Boston. A wintry night two hours past the end of the 1990 St. Patrick’s Day.   Two simultaneous art thefts, two miles apart. One in a museum. One in a private residence. One nets $200 million in art collected by a turn of the 20th-century heiress. The other nets two stolen pieces bought by a wine merchant through his best friend, Harry Bartlett. Two low-level crooks carry out the first one. Uncle Louie, a stolen-art retrieval expert, performs the second. The duo leaves via Storrow Drive east. Uncle Louie goes west on the same road. Their paths will cross more than once before a ransom demand expires in seven days.

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SCAMMED

SCAMMED

Release date May 2023. Fresh from the thrill of uncovering Yesac Trebor’s scams on Nantucket Island, Harry Bartlett had found it easy to leave his Chief Financial Officer job to start the Fraud Detective Group. Three months later, Harry is finding that making payroll and keeping the lights on is just as hard as tracking down fraudsters and con artists. To generate business, he’s hitting the runny-egg circuit of Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce north of Boston when Megan Webster, the TV consumer reporter who’d helped him before throws Harry a lifeline. A local businessman needs his help to find his normally dependable but slightly squirely CFO. Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, the FDG agrees to help. But the simple missing person’s case takes the FDG onto the trail of intricate financial crimes and murder while forcing Harry to confront his murky orphaned past.

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PONZI'd

PONZI'd

Release date Summer 2024 Harry Bartlett's family faces financial ruin at the hands of Charles Ponzi.

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PLAYED

PLAYED

Release date 2024. Athlete's from Boston's 4 major teams confront frauds and scams.

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PENNY WISE

PENNY WISE

A store owner asks Harry Bartlett to find his missing profits.

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THE VOLUNTEER

THE VOLUNTEER

Harry finds neither bravery nor clever wits have age limits as he follows an unlikely trail.

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OH, MOOSE

OH, MOOSE

Harry finds that a moose can damage lots of things besides a car.

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VALUATION

VALUATION

Questions raised during a company acquisition threaten to slash the agreed-upon price by $10,000,000.

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On the B Deck

Harry's spur of the moment limerick while sitting with Ian Bradford at the Boston Orphanage Fundraiser

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Surviving on Nantucket Bay

Harry's limerick after being tossed overboard in Nantucket Bay

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Yesac limerick to Harry

Yesac Trebor's limerick to Harry after escaping

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Payback Limerick

Harry's limerick after capturing Mike Hancock

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Essex Successex

A commentary on unwise investing

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Brother Paul of the Orphanage

Harry's recalls his accounting mentor

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Ode to Megan

Harry's quick-thinking response to Megan Webster's challenge

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Estuary Epilogue

Harry's Estuary wrap-up

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Karma Payback

Harry reflects on finding his daughter

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The Headmaster

Harry's view of a prep school headmaster

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                                                                                          HAROLD A. BARTLETT III

                                                                      This Summer,  Polpis Road, Nantucket Island, MA


PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE

Meaningful use of financial skills and high intelligence in retirement

EXPERIENCE

Chief Financial Officer for Big Companies for Many Years

  • Head Numbers and Money Guy
  • Worked in Artificial Intelligence, Data Security and Identification Industries

Staff Beancounter to Controller in Five Few Years

  • Worked 15 hours per day, 7 Days per Week
  • Never Saw Family

EDUCATION

  • Harvard                                    Full Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude
  • Andover Preppie School      Full Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude
  • Boston Orphanage                 Full Scholarship, Summa Cum Laude

PERSONAL

  • One Friend                              Ian Bradford
  • One Relative                           Uncle Louie
  • New Girlfriend                        Yvette Truque'
  • One Estranged Family           Ex-wife and daughter

HOBBIES

  • Gambling
  • Writing Limericks
  • Shooting Cannons
  • Fund-raising for Boston Orphanage

OTHER

  • Orphaned due to Family Financial Destruction by Charles Ponzi
  • Hates Bullies
  • Great Public Speaker, Shy One-on-One
  • 6’ 2”, 230 Pounds, Big Smile
ROMANCE SCAMS

ROMANCE SCAMS

Love means "Send me money" to romance scammers.

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RELIGOUS- BASED FINANCIAL FRAUD IS RAMPANT

RELIGOUS- BASED FINANCIAL FRAUD IS RAMPANT

No one should be more trust-worthy than a person of the cloth, but it just isn't so.

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FRAUD OF THE DAY published by Lexis Nexus

FRAUD OF THE DAY published by Lexis Nexus

Five days a week, “Fraud of the Day” shines a light – through daily articles – on these egregious fraudsters and the dedicated work by federal, state and local government agencies to stop their unlawful activities and make sure justice is served.

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aUTHOR Bio image
I’m Bob Ainsworth, Harry Bartlett’s parent.
The idea for Harry’s stories sprang from my Accounting students' reactions to fraud anecdotes and from thinking about my retirement. I considered speaking about avoiding fraud, but writing mystery fiction seemed to be more fun.
I wrote my first story while commuting and that became SCAMMED, a soon-to-be-published story pitting Harry against intricate and ruthless con artists. The 2nd story I wrote and the 1st one I published was CONNED, about Harry’s journey from a financial executive to a fraud detective while tracking down scams on Nantucket. The 2nd story published was DUPED, a fictional account involving Harry and his Uncle Louie's efforts to beat a ransom deadline and find the $500 million in art stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum. My 4th book will be about Harry’s grandparent's interactions with Charles Ponzi in 1920s Boston.
As for me, I settled in Boston after meeting my wife at Boston College. I earned my CPA and worked as a CFO and Controller. I uncovered several embezzlement schemes in my career.
I live with my family in a Boston suburb.
I hope you enjoy the stories. I had fun writing them.
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  •  4/21/2024 02:00 PM
  •   2 Myrtle St, Ashland, MA 01721, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  4/24/2024 07:00 PM
  •   14 East Central Street, Natick, MA, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  4/10/2024 06:00 PM
  •   55 W Main St, Westborough, MA 01581, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  3/7/2024 07:00 PM
  •   117 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  2/8/2024 06:00 PM
  •   13 Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  2/7/2024 12:00 PM
  •   9 Cordaville Rd, Southborough, MA 01772, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  1/31/2024 06:00 PM
  •   204 Saddle Hill Rd, Hopkinton, MA 01748, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  1/30/2024 07:00 PM
  •   609 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

  •  1/16/2024 06:30 PM
  •   717 Main St, Lancaster, MA 01523, USA

The 60-75 minute presentation reviews the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, her creation of a world-class art collection and a museum to hold it, the events leading up to the theft, the theft itself, the suspects, and the potential locations of the missing artifacts and paintings. Ainsworth’s books – CONNED, the introduction of Harry Bartlett as he uncovers wine and charity scams on Nantucket run by a YESAC TREBOR, a crime genius DUPED, a fictional search for the stolen Gardner items by Harry’s Uncle Louie and SCAMMED, Harry’s first case that puts him on the trail of DOPPELSCHWINDLERS (surgically- altered gorgeous, look-alike women) who con their clients' money leads to a life-or-death confrontation with YESAC TREBOR. will be sold at the event and are available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover through Amazon. Reviews on Amazon are welcome.

GARDNER HEIST POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

A presentation on Isabella Gardner, her museum, the theft, and the suspects.

RECORDING OF GARDNER HEIST PRESENTATION ON YOUTUBE

a recording of the presentation given in Bourne, MA https://youtube.com/watch?v=ptuV5Fsli7w

UPTON CCTV INTERVIEW 3.11.24

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