Recap / Leverage S 05 E 07 The Real Fake Car Job

A Wall Street financier stole millions of dollars, but also set up mob connections to guarantee himself a government sponsored parachute. The hook Team Leverage uses to get in is his love of vintage cars.

  • Boring but Practical: The financier's small scams he works even under Witness Protection. They are called "Parking Lot" scams and simply are means of milking a bit of money for things which are free, like charging $5 for the internet wifi password at the bookstore he works at without his boss catching on. This scam and others around town have allowed him to amass several hundred thousand dollars in just ten months.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The head of the mob acknowledges this concept when discussing things with Ford. He notes he has no claim to the money the financier stole from people and doesn't wish to try to claim some if it means going against Nathan Ford and his crew.
  • Car Porn: The team sets up a vintage car show. Whoooeeeee.
  • Corrupt Cop: The Marshall has sold out the Marshall Service for the price of $5 million.
  • Villain Ball
    • Said financier contacts his old car buddy to get information on the car, which allows the mob to track him to Portland.
    • The corrupt Marshall leaves the tracking on the cellphone which allows the mob to get their exact location. She owns up to this mistake.
    • The head of the mob averts this by not seeking to anger Nathan Ford when things are done. He has heard enough of Nathan and the crew (likely from their dealings with the Boston mobsters who didn't end up so well for the mob) and wants to avoid a fight.