All these folks always act greatly mortified and insulted if you ask too many questions. They aren't called confidence men for nothing! The more confidence you have in them, the more they can get you to turn over to them. They will also ask you to encourage your friends to take advantage of the opportunity he's offering as well. There is a saying that the punishment should fit the crime. But all too often the poorer you are the harder you fall.
There has to be some public display that we can have faith in our government and the laws that guide and care for us. So, in a few high profile cases they'll send the bums to jail. "Lock 'em up and throw away the key!" The crooks at the top are often protected because of the big shots they've rubbed elbows with. Lots of photos will show up with the culprits hanging around politicians. While the politicians may have nothing to do with them, most people will glance at the photos around the office and assume that the crook runs with a pretty well-heel, influencial crowd.
And so it goes...T.