Hi Jim, I like the spinning out of local color in this, and the rhyming.
A few possible tweaks come to mind:
S2L4: make “whisper” plural?
The next line: I’m not familiar with that usage of “remarked”—is that idiomatic for you? Would a straight-up “rumored” or “believed” be better?
S4L2: I’d add a comma after “fraud.”
I like Vera’s suggestion for the last stanza, which I agree needs to be ironed out more.
Fun and witty, this is. I enjoyed it.