How One Man Conned McDonald’s Out of $24 Million

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In 1987, McDonald’s launched its Monopoly game. The grand prize was $1 million—but the average customer never stood a chance against Jerome Jacobson, who, by the time of his arrest, had pocketed over $24 million.

Joining the Force

Jerome Jacobson was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1943. Since childhood, Jerome had always wanted to be a police officer. His dreams became reality when he was sworn into the Hollywood Police Department of Florida in 1976…but not for long.

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Leave of Absence

While on medical leave for a wrist injury, Jacobson collapsed after experiencing widespread paralysis. He was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. His wife became committed to taking care of him around the clock…

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