George Robinson (swindler)

George Robinson was an English stockbroker and swindler of the 18th Century. A banker in Lombard Street, he was appointed the cashier of the Charitable Corporation. He not only aided several officers of the corporation in obtaining money from it under false pretenses, but proceeded to swindle them out of their gains as well.

Robinson obtained a seat in the House of Commons, but was unable to sit before the affair began to come to light. He fled to France with John Thompson, the warehouse-keeper, in October 1731, before he could be apprehended. Robinson was expelled from the House in absentia on 3 April 1732 for "indirect and fraudulent Practices in the Affairs of the Charitable Corporation, and for having never attended the Service of the House, although required to do so".


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