Howard Cogitz is one of the most prolific American con men of the 20th century. His first known con was in 1958 while running a fake real estate development company in Florida. At best count, he walked away with over 3 million dollars from nearly 16 individuals and families. In 1963 he spread out, with known ties to Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco. It seems he may have primarily lived in Florida under many different aliases, which indicates he may have originally been from there. His main game was to create fake corporations in the real estate business and offer investment opportunities to people beginning to think about retirement. His work can be traced from 1958 to 1971 when all signs of him vanished. He was never caught or arrested, although there is record of him receiving a traffic ticket for speeding in Los Angeles during 1964 under the name Charles Barber.