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 for Swindler
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swindler \Swin"dler\, n. [G. schwindler, fr. schwindlen to be
     dizzy, to act thoughtlessly, to cheat, fr. schwindel
     dizziness, fr. schwinden to vanish, to disappear, to dwindle.
     See Swim to be dizzy.]
     One who swindles, or defrauds grossly; one who makes a
     practice of defrauding others by imposition or deliberate
     artifice; a cheat.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Sharper; rogue.
     Usage: Swindler, Sharper. These words agree in describing
            persons who take unfair advantages. A swindler is one
            who obtains money or goods under false pretenses. A
            sharper is one who cheats by sharp practice, as in
            playing at cards or staking what he can not pay.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Fraud and injustice soon follow, and the dignity
                  of the British merchant is sunk in the
                  scandalous appellation of a swindler. --V. Knox.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Perhaps you 'll think I act the same
                  As a sly sharper plays his game.  --Cotton.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
           [syn: swindler, defrauder, chiseller, chiseler,
           gouger, scammer, grifter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  95 Moby Thesaurus words for "swindler":
     Artful Dodger, Judas, Philadelphia lawyer, Yankee horse trader,
     betrayer, blackleg, body snatcher, booster, bunco steerer,
     charlatan, charmer, cheat, cheater, chicken thief, chiseler,
     come-on, con man, confidence man, convict, cozener, crafty rascal,
     criminal, crook, deceiver, defrauder, den of thieves, desperado,
     desperate criminal, diddler, dodger, double-dealer, embezzler,
     felon, filcher, flimflam man, flimflammer, fox, fraud, fugitive,
     gallows bird, ganef, gangster, gaolbird, ghoul, glib tongue,
     grafter, grave robber, gyp artist, gypper, hoaxer, horse trader,
     jailbird, jewel thief, juggler, knave, land pirate, land shark,
     land-grabber, larcener, larcenist, lawbreaker, lifter, mobster,
     mountebank, outlaw, peculator, petty thief, pilferer, poacher,
     prowler, public enemy, purloiner, quisling, racketeer, reynard,
     robber, scofflaw, scoundrel, scrounger, sharper, shoplifter,
     shyster, slick citizen, sly dog, slyboots, sneak thief, stealer,
     sweet talker, thief, thug, traitor, trickster, two-timer, villain,
     white-collar thief

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SWINDLER, criminal law. A cheat; one guilty of defrauding divers persons. 1 
  Term Rep. 748; 2 H. Blackst. 531; Stark. on Sland. 135. 
       2. Swindling is usually applied to a transaction, where the guilty 
  party procures the delivery to him, under a pretended contract, of the 
  personal property of another, with the felonious design of appropriating it 
  to his own use. 2 Russell on Crimes, 130; Alison, Prine. Cr. Law of 
  Scotland, 250; Mass. 406. 

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