The Lord Taketh Away
This phrase was probably not what investors of the Greater Ministries International of Tampa had in mind when they forked over millions on the promise they'd get their money back "doubled and blessed by God" within two years. In reality, Gerald Payne, the ministry's founder, was a con man running a Ponzi scheme. He convinced investors that God wanted them to empty out their bank accounts, cash in IRAs, max out their credit cards, and even sell their businesses to invest in the scheme. Payne "earned" nearly $450 million before being caught in 1999 and sentenced to 27 years in prison for fraud.