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The program focuses on the stories behind some of the biggest corporate and white collar crimes in the United States such as WorldCom, HealthSouth and Tyco. In addition, stories about more common crimes such as insurance fraud, murder, embezzlement, art theft, Ponzi schemes, credit card fraud, bank robbery, money laundering, identity theft, and medical fraud are also featured. Other topics have included the story behind the famous Mustang Ranch in Nevada and the rise and fall of boy band impresario Lou Pearlman. American Greed is narrated by veteran actor Stacey Keach.


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S01E01 Hook, Line and Sucker / Maxfield Parish Art Heist 21/06/2007 (1) Barry Hunt - a successful con artist who left a coast-to-coast trail of deception, deceit and empty bank accounts. A profile of Hunt’s crime and the investors who bought his story. (2) A daring heist. Under the cover of darkness, a hole is expertly cut in the roof. An alarm goes haywire. Two paintings by famed American Artist Maxfield Parrish disappear into the night.
S01E02 The Imposter Dr. Barnes / Interstate Bank Mart Bandit 28/06/2007 The Imposter Dr. Barnes: For twenty years he was an imposter doctor! Dr. Gerald Barnes has a thriving practice specializing in "executive" medical exams. His salary is six-figures and life is good. But there's a problem: he's not the real Dr. Gerald Barnes. Interstate Bank Mart Bandit: He leaves no clues behind, only a trail of broken dreams and empty bank accounts. Forty-three robberies in 20 months. The M.O. is always the same. Police say it's the work of one man: "The Interstate Bank Mart Bandit!".
S01E03 Art Heist: Fine Arts Express / Medical Scams: Dr. Martinez 05/07/2007 (1) A museum quality art collection worth more than $4 million dollars is stolen! Two men, who in a twist of fate, end up working at Fine Arts Express, together hatch a plan to steal the art… museum quality pieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Rothko. (2) It sounds like a nightmare - long needles repeatedly jabbed to a patient’s back. But for Dr. Jorge Martinez, it's routine business. Expensive, painful and unnecessary shots are all part of a multi-million dollar billing scheme.
S01E04 Meth Identity Thieves / The Wheaton Bandit 12/07/2007 (1) It's a new crime wave rippling across the west; thieves are committing identity theft to fund their meth drug addictions. Victims are robbed. But the thief takes more than money, the victim's identity is stolen, too. (2) Wheaton, Illinois - considered a nice place to raise a family. But a shadow hangs over this affluent Chicago suburb. A serial bank robber is armed and ready for a fight.
S01E05 Religious Prey / Dr. Miko's Medical Scams 19/07/2007 (1) The Baptist Foundation of Arizona is a non-profit fundraiser dedicated to the church. Investors believe their money will be secure but millions are lost! “American Greed" unravels the elaborate Ponzi scheme which left a religious community betrayed and baffled. (2) The story of a murderous Chicago doctor who bilked Medicare! He’s a caring doctor with a sterling bedside manner. His practice is lucrative. But beneath the charm lies a con artist; a doctor playing the system and making off with more than a million.
S01E06 Preacher Preys on the Faithful / It Takes a Thief 26/07/2007 (1) Greater Ministries International founder Gerald Payne has a plan for the faithful to gift the church and double their money. American Greed profiles one of the most lucrative pyramid schemes in history. (2) A thief leads a double life. By day, he's a property manager; by night, a cat burglar who executed some of the most daring jewel heists in American history!
S02E01 The Martin Frankel Case 30/01/2008 Financier Martin Frankel, a con-man who vanished with $200 million dollars! A story of money laundering, prostitution, bizarre sex and drug abuse.
S02E02 When Greed and Giving Collide / Confessions of a Con Man 06/02/2008 (1) A major charity scam...John Bennett's "Foundation for New Era Philanthropy" stole millions of dollars from unsuspecting patrons. A story of deception, theft and "American Greed." (2) Eric Stein, mastermind of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Nevada history, cost his victims nearly $34 million dollars.
S02E03 Unsolved: $300 Million Art Heist / Preying on Faith 13/02/2008 (1) A dark night. A clever plan. $300 million in art is stolen from a Boston museum. Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manuet disappear into the night! (2) He's a man of faith and his name is Abraham Kennard. But this pastor preys on his flock. Trusting Christians from small, struggling churches who are hoping to better their communities hand over their savings to this pastor. But instead, as many as 1600 churches nationwide are swindled out of $10 million.
S02E04 Stealing $$$ From Scientologists / The Art of Fraud 20/02/2008 (1) A religious man leads a deceptive life and scams investors out of more than $600 million! The rise and fall of Scientologist minister Reed Slatkin is a story of "American Greed." (2) Enter the mysterious world of art fraud. An elaborate sting operation exposes Dr. Vilas Likhite, a doctor stripped of his medical license who begins a new career as a con man selling fake art treasures!
S02E05 Deadly RX For Greed 27/02/2008 Patients are at risk. A respected pharmacist is on the take. Robert Courtney mixes a prescription of greed; diluting life-saving drugs and the hopes of cancer patients.
S02E06 Inside the WorldCom Scam / DHS: Department of Hollywood Scams 05/03/2008 (1) Bernard Ebbers, CEO of WorldCom, rises from rags to riches. But the "telecom cowboy" becomes the poster child for everything that went wrong on Wall Street in the 1990s. WorldCom's eventual downfall shakes the financial community and the lives of thousands of investors. - American Greed investigates one of the most notorious cases of corporate fraud in US history. (2) It reads like a Hollywood script: Joseph Medawar is a hotshot television producer. He creates a new action packed adventure series based on real-life national security cases. Investors fund the project. But there's no show.... only a scam to rob investors out of millions of dollars!
S02E07 The Rise and Fall of CyberNET 12/03/2008 A conman. Some say an "evil genius." The once- chairman of CyberNET Engineering, a wildly successful global technology company, stands accused of stealing millions in an elaborate fraud. American Greed profiles one of the biggest scams of the 21st century!
S02E08 Party's Over - Tyco's Kozlowski 19/03/2008 Dennis Kozlowski, once described as "The Most Aggressive CEO in America," now sits behind bars. A poster boy of excess, the former CEO of Tyco stole millions from his company, using the money for a lavish party, a gilded shower curtain and expensive art. American Greed goes behind prison walls for a rare glimpse into Kozlowski's personal life and one of the biggest cases of white collar theft in U.S. history
S02E09 Driven By Greed / Conned in the Caribbean 26/03/2008 (1) It's called the "Miracle Car Club." Starting with members of their own church and then branching out, two young men take investors for a ride to the tune of more than $21 million. American Greed profiles one of the largest car scams in U.S. history! It was known as the Miracle Cars scam. (2) It sounds too good to be true. An offshore bank promises astronomical returns to investors...100% guaranteed. But, the bank is a sham and investors lose more than $170 million!
S02E10 Robbing Hollywood's A-List / Soaking The Rich at Auction 30/03/2008 (1) Dana Giacchetto advises Hollywood's hottest stars... and finds his own fame and fortune. But, his star-power fades when nearly $10 million goes missing! (2) He's an art collector, the former chairman of Sotheby's and a convicted felon. Alfred Taubman takes us inside the price-fixing scandal at Christie's and Sotheby's.
S02E13 The Rise and Fall of Cybernet 12/03/2008 This American Greed episode exposes one of the biggest scams of the 21st century.
S03E01 The Bonnie and Clyde of Mortgage Fraud 07/01/2009 An attractive, sinfully dishonest Tampa mortgage broker meets a single mom looking for love. Together they team up and make millions in the real estate market. In a tell-all exclusive interview, Matt Cox and Rebecca Hauck explain how lust and greed are a hot combination for fraud.
S03E02 Boy Band Bandit: Lou Pearlman's $500 Million Dollar Ponzi 14/01/2009 Lou Pearlman... the legendary manager of boy bands like *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys... the king of an entertainment empire that crumbles. Pearlman lives a glamorous life of fame, fancy cars... and crime. He's the mastermind who scams $500 million from investors!
S03E03 A Wall Street Wonder Takes A Fall a.k.a. Hazardous Healthcare 21/01/2009 Richard Scrushy is the Superstar CEO of HealthSouth, a huge provider of outpatient rehab services. But, the billionaire falls from grace after federal prosecutors accuse him of masterminding a $2.7 billion dollar fraud! a.k.a. Hazardous Healthcare
S03E04 Two Brothers, Two Murders 28/01/2009 Multi-millionaire businessmen and brothers Andrew and Robert Kissel have it all...beautiful families, mansions, country clubs, and fast cars. They appear to live charmed lives. But, the Kissel brothers’ good fortune runs out and ends in murder. Who would want them dead?
S03E05 Skin Doctor Takes His Cut / Revolutionary Guru Of Greed 04/02/2009 (1) A respected doctor. Trusting patients. Dr. Michael Rosin runs a thriving dermatology practice specializing in a highly effective procedure for skin cancer. But, Dr. Rosin’s surgery isn’t just a cancer treatment... it’s a goldmine. (2) He proclaims himself "King of the Offshore World." Marc Harris promises financial freedom in paradise... a way to keep assets out of the reach of government. But the "guru" is running a Ponzi scheme and bilking clients out of millions of dollars!
S03E06 A Scam Exposed: Strippers And Insider Trading / Economan: Superthief 11/02/2009 (1) A shocking scheme to use strippers to solicit information from Wall Street bankers. Another plan to steal secrets and cash in on stock that's about to soar. Two young traders, David Pajcin and Eugene Plotkin, are the masterminds behind a complex Wall Street con. (2) Al Parish: An economics professor. A trusted financial advisor. A genius. But the self-proclaimed "Economan" is the suspected mastermind behind an $80 million investment scam.
S03E07 The Mustang Ranch: Money, Women And Murder 18/02/2009 The Mustang Ranch. It's the famous brothel where sex is always for sale. Joe Conforte is the pioneering pimp who makes millions peddling sex at the Nevada Ranch. He creates a brothel empire and defies the law. But his thirst for power and influence ultimately bring him down.
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S03E09 The Mustang Ranch: Money, Women and Murder 18/02/2009 The Mustang Ranch. It's the famous brothel where sex is always for sale. Joe Conforte is the pioneering pimp who makes millions peddling sex at the Nevada Ranch. He’s creates a brothel empire and defies the law. But his thirst for power and influence ultimately bring him down.
S03E10 The Body Snatcher 25/02/2009 A disgraced dentist carves out a gruesome new business. From a secret room in a Brooklyn funeral home he runs a multi-million dollar business... cutting up corpses and stripping the bodies for parts. Michael Mastromarino is a modern day body snatcher!
S04E01 Suicide is Painless: Sam Israel III 03/02/2010 An enigmatic hedge fund manager desperate to succeed... and the scam that bilked investors out of $300 million! Sam Israel lived through the most decadent era in human history. His hunger for fame and fortune... his greed, ultimately leads to a bridge and a suicide note. This is the strange story of a con artist who fell for the ultimate con himself!
S04E02 The Black Widows: Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt 10/02/2010 A story of deception. They appear to be two “grannies” helping men who are down on their luck - offering food, shelter and clothing. But Helen Golay and her friend Olga Rutterschmidt are ruthless con artists. Their tragic web of deceit is about to unravel. This is the true tale of women who murder for money. The story of The Black Widows…only on American Greed!
S04E03 Raffaello Follieri 10/03/2010 Raffaello Follieri is young, handsome and at the top of his game. He makes millions with a successful real estate business. He hobnobs with world leaders. And, he’s found love with a Hollywood A-Lister, Anne Hathaway. But Follieri is about to see his American dream fall apart... when his fraud is exposed.
S04E04 The Mad Max of Wall Street 10/03/2010 Anthony Elgindy. He's young, self-assured... and loaded. He claims to be a crusader, fighting fraud on Wall Street. But, this so-called good guy is running an insider trading scam... and his partner is a crooked FBI agent. American Greed profiles "The Mad Max of Wall Street!"
S04E05 Crash and Burn 17/03/2010 Marcus Schrenker makes millions. He’s a Wall Street money manager and a stunt pilot. But clients say he’s a con man who had the country wondering for days whether he was dead or alive. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar story of deception!
S04E06 Sholam Weiss 24/03/2010 Sholam Weiss is a bold and brazen dealmaker. He’s a consultant to con men and the brains behind one of the largest insurance scams in history. But Weiss doesn’t hide in the shadows. He’s attracted to music, gambling and women. Are these the fatal attractions that will do him in? American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar con!
S04E07 Funny Money 31/03/2010 One man’s bold scheme to get rich quick. Albert Talton puts a modern twist on one of the nation’s oldest crimes - making counterfeit money. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar con!
S04E08 Bextra / The Foreclosure Scammer 07/04/2010 (1) Pfizer designs Bextra, a painkiller, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the use of Bextra. Pfizer, using shady and strong-arm tactics, distribute the pill outside of FDA regulations... and the law. (2) Jeanetta Standefor offers a way to help troubled homeowners... and make some extra money on the side. In truth, she's just using investor money to pay off older investors, and pocketing what's left for herself.
S04E09 Sexual Performance Pill / Kirk Wright 14/04/2010 (1) Steven Warshak is persuasive. He makes millions by selling a product to enhance the sex lives of men. Enzyte appears to be the herbal answer to Viagra. But, Warshak takes advantage of his buyers. He’s racking up illegal credit card charges on thousands of customers! (2) Hedge fund superstar, investment manager Kirk Wright takes on tough clients…and steals their money. He recruits NFL football players and they invest. But, when he’s tackled for a multi-million dollar loss, will Wright’s game go into sudden death?
S04E10 Kentucky Fen-Phen Attorneys 21/04/2010 Fen-Phen, the miracle weight loss drug of the 90’s, turns out to have a serious side effect. When the story breaks, ambulance chasing lawyers rush in. They exploit the tragedy and pilfer their clients’ money. How much they steal will shock you!
S04E11 Dr. Stokes / C&D Distributors 28/04/2010 (1) In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Robert Stokes runs a thriving dermatology practice. He’s making millions. But Dr. Stokes has a dark secret. He’s stealing patient’s money. He reuses medical supplies and endangers patients. (2) Darlene Wooten and Charlene Corley are twin sisters. They’re making a fortune in defense contracts. But behind the scenes, things are not as they seem. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar fraud against the government!
S04E12 Computer Hacker Masterminds 05/05/2010 Computer hacker Max Butler ("Iceman") oversaw an online crime spree which sold millions of stolen credit cards and led the feds on a year-long chase. American Greed profiles high-stakes cybercrime.
S05E01 Bank Robbing Broker 19/01/2011 Stephen Trantel is a husband, a father…and a bank robber. He was once a broker making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Manhattan trading pits. Unemployed, Trantel embarks on a new career…. one of crime. His life - and the lives of those who love him - are changed forever.
S05E02 Troy A. Titus Financial Guru Gone Bad 26/01/2011 His pitch is irresistible. Troy Titus promises to make you rich. The self-proclaimed real estate guru travels the seminar circuit. Thousands attend his lectures, buy his DVDs and invest with the man who portrays himself as a moneymaking magician. It’s true to an extent … Titus makes money disappear in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme!
S05E03 Fool's Gold 02/02/2011 He’s a philanthropist, diplomat and international man of mystery. Dr. Henry Jones promises to get investors in on a secret gold deal. But Dr. Jones is leading a double life --- a life unknown even to his partners in crime. American Greed profiles the golden allure of an elusive conman and a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme!
S05E04 Hackers: Operation Get Rich or Die Tryin' 09/02/2011 A mysterious ring of social outcasts. Albert Gonzalez leads a gang with an insatiable appetite for sex, drugs…and your encrypted information. They steal credit card numbers and make a fortune by selling them on the black market. But the multi-million dollar scam has deadly consequences. American Greed profiles the most cunning cyber crook in American history!
S05E05 A More Generous Criminal 16/02/2011 He’s a trusted advisor. A philanthropist. Bob McLean runs a successful investment firm and donates millions to his favorite causes. But McLean has a dark, devastating secret. American Greed profiles a story of phony philanthropy!
S05E06 $1.2 Billion Scam: Ft. Frauderdale 23/02/2011 Scott Rothstein is a Ft. Lauderdale attorney making millions. He’s the life of the party, a guy who wants the world to love him. But Rothstein is secretly a criminal mastermind. American Greed reveals the story behind the largest Ponzi scheme in Florida history!
S05E07 The Bling Ring / The Fraudster, The Ex-Stripper And The Missing Millions 09/03/2011 (1) A fast crowd of celebrity wannabes. This gang of teenagers rob celebrity homes and steal millions in jewelry, clothing and artwork. How far will they go to be like their favorite Hollywood stars? (2) Danny Pang is a high-rolling financier with a devil-may-care attitude. He makes millions betting on when people will die. But Pang has a shady past, a gambling habit and a murdered wife. Soon, this gambler’s house of cards will collapse.
S05E08 Fraudster Of The Opera / Frozen Assets - The Ice Capers 16/03/2011 (1) Albert Vilar funds symphonies and operas around the world. But it’s curtains for Vilar when he scams the mother of a Hollywood star. (2) William “Boots” Del Biaggio III is a hockey team owner skating on thin ice. His insatiable desire to be a sports mogul causes him to commit a multimillion-dollar fraud!
S05E09 The Slaughterhouse 23/03/2011 A slaughterhouse employs hundreds of workers in a small Iowa town. But there are whispers of threats, extortion and shocking child labor abuses. Sholom Rubashkin runs the family business. Is he a dutiful son or a corporate crook?
S05E10 The Royal Scam: Kings of Counterfeit 30/03/2011 A tough guy from Chicago’s South Side finds his way off the streets and into a life of crime. Art Williams Jr. prints millions in fake dollars. American Greed profiles the case of the counterfeiting craftsman.
S05E11 The Art Of The Steal / The Folsom Felon 06/04/2011 (1) Larry Salander is one of the biggest names in New York’s art world. But collectors see red when he swipes more than $100 million from their pockets. (2) Stefan Wilson says his investment fund is a sure-fire winner. Investors even mortgage their homes to join his fund. But business with Wilson comes at a very high price.
S05E12 Hedge Fund Imposter 13/04/2011 Marc Dreier is a high-powered lawyer with celebrity clients. But Dreier is a conman and steals more than $700 million from hedge funds. American Greed profiles a story of deception and fraud!
S05E13 The Wizard of Sarasota 20/04/2011 Arthur Nadel conjures a $330 million hedge fund. In the blink of an eye, he disappears and leaves clients without their life savings. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme!
S05E14 Mark Weinberger: Nose No Bounds 27/04/2011 Dr. Mark Weinberger – a self-proclaimed “nose doctor” – has it all and isn’t afraid to flaunt it. But inside The Weinberger Sinus Clinic, all is not what it seems. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar tale of deception!
S06E01 Kenneth Starr: Naked Greed - Celebrity Scam Artist 25/01/2012 Kenneth Ira Starr is a money manager. He courts celebrity clients… Sylvester Stallone, Uma Thurman and Wesley Snipes. But Starr doesn’t stop there. He steals $30 million to buy his way onto Hollywood’s A-list and live a life of luxury… all in the name of love. American Greed has the story of the money manager, the stripper and a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.
S06E02 Carlos Perez-Olivo,Master of Deadly Deceit 01/02/2012 Carlos Perez-Olivo is a successful lawyer with a silver tongue and solid gold taste. But when he’s disbarred for fleecing desperate clients, he finds another way to make money…and proves how greed really is a deadly sin. American Greed profiles the story of murder for money.
S06E03 Major League Fraud 08/02/2012 Nevin Shapiro is the conman at the center of a college football scandal. He kicked off the controversy with stunning stories of gifts to players and allegations of broken NCAA rules. Who is this man who jeopardized the future of the University of Miami’s football team and how did he steal the millions that made it all possible? American Greed profiles a case of major league fraud!
S06E04 Baby Broker Scam 15/02/2012 Kevin Cohen is an attorney who says he can make dreams come true for couples wanting children. He promises babies … for a hefty price. But unknown to his trusting clients, Cohen is exploiting their hopes and dreams. American Greed profiles a cruel con artist.
S06E05 Tom Petters: Generous With Other People's Money 22/02/2012 A Minneapolis businessman buys big companies and makes himself rich in the process
S06E06 Galleon Group: The Insider - Raj Rajaratnam 29/02/2012 It’s one of the biggest cases of insider trading in history. Raj Rajaratnam had it all…a wildly successful hedge fund, billions in the bank and the respect of Wall Street. But behind closed doors, Rajaratnam was gaming the system to the tune of $75 million-dollars! American Greed takes you inside a trading scandal.
S06E07 Fine Art: Portrait of a Fraud 14/03/2012 A televised art auction appears to showcase masterpieces. It’s billed as your chance to own a Rembrandt, Chagall or Dali. A rare Picasso sells for $500. Too good to be true? American Greed takes you inside a picture perfect art scam.
S06E08 Loan Scam: Money For Nothing / Hawaiian Punched: Fraud In Paradise 21/03/2012 (1) A sting operation brings down a Denver businessman (2) A charismatic con man uses the promise of huge returns to put $30 million in his own pocket.
S06E09 William Erpenbeck: Real Estate Home Wrecker 04/04/2012 The collapse of Erpenbeck wreaks financial havoc for area home buyers, subcontractors and banks with three company employees pleading guilty to bank fraud.
S06E10 Nicholas Cosmo: All Interest, No Return 02/05/2012 He’s dubbed Long Island, New York’s “Mini-Madoff.” Nicholas Cosmo promised huge returns on booming real estate opportunities. He brought white-collar crime to blue-collar Americans and scammed thousands of trusting investors.
S06E11 Michael Lock: Pimp, Preacher, Profiteer 09/05/2012 Michael Lock was a man driven by ambition. He was a Milwaukee crime boss with a business model that took him from cocaine dealing to bank fraud … and Lock had a surefire way to beat the competition.
S06E12 The Tran Organization: Blackjack Cheaters 30/05/2012 Van Thu Tran is a sexy Vietnamese-American who knows how to beat the odds. She makes millions in casinos using one of the oldest tricks in the book … with a new high-tech twist. Find out how the notorious Tran gang brings down the house!
S06E13 The Mormon Madoff 20/06/2012 Shawn Merriman was a bishop in the Mormon Church, a family man and the head of a thriving investment business pulling in millions. But unknown to investors, Merriman was living a lie and ripping off his neighbors, friends…even his own mother.
S06E14 Crash for Cash 27/06/2012 In the city of brotherly love, car wrecks piled up and auto insurance policies were treated like ATM machines. American Greed takes you inside a Philadelphia car insurance fraud ring where everybody got a piece of the action.
S06E15 Financial Home Invasion 11/07/2012 Lee Farkas was a mortgage mogul, a millionaire and chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. But unknown to his clients, Farkas made his fortune by peddling fake mortgages and looting his company.
S06E16 The Jersey Score 25/07/2012 Solomon Dwek was a real estate mogul, philanthropist … and an expert flimflammer. He was the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar real estate scam and bank fraud. But when Dwek’s luck runs out, he becomes an informant in the biggest case of corruption and greed in New Jersey history.
S06E17 Allen Stanford: The Dark Knight 01/08/2012 Sir Allen Stanford was once one of the richest men in America. He lived and loved the high life - cruising around the world on private jets and helicopters and bouncing between multiple mansions. He even bought his own island for $63 million. But it was all based on lies. His company, The Stanford Financial Group, made its name selling what’s usually a safe bet for investors – certificates of deposits. He claimed the CDs came from his offshore bank on the island of Antigua, and because of that, the company offered return rates higher than those in the U.S. When the lies grew too big and his money supply dried out – he was convicted of running an international $7 billion Ponzi scheme, and is serving a 110-year sentence in federal prison. He left a trail of some 20,000 burned investors, many of whom now live in financial ruin.
S07E01 Shipwrecked 22/02/2013 Michael Vorce spends lavishly on clothes and cars and leaves thousand-dollar tips at bars. He supposedly makes millions selling and buying luxury yachts, but questions soon float to the surface--where are the yachts? And where is all the money?
S07E02 The Wealth Builder Club 28/02/2013 Randy Treadwell, the son of a preacher, leaves the righteous path - claiming he's a financial wizard, but all he does is take investor money for himself and his crew. He uses his Southern charm to bilk believers out of nearly $65 million. He calls his scams legitimate sounding names like "Learn Waterhouse" and "The Wealth Builders Club" in which Treadwell promises huge returns for short-term investments. But when clients can't withdraw their money, complaints to law enforcement pile up. See how the FBI steps in with a hidden camera investigation to hear all of Treadwell's lies and bring him to justice
S07E03 The Prisoner of Wall Street 04/03/2013 Perry Griggs ran an investment fraud claiming to sell coffee futures, when all he did was keep investor money. He was convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to eight years in federal prison. While in prison, he started yet another scam.
S07E04 Deadly Payout 11/03/2013 A trio of Texas con men scores $100 million, telling investors there's big money in the "life settlement" insurance biz. When the fraudsters fail to pay returns and keep the money for themselves, it all comes crashing down.
S07E05 Wild West Rip-Off 01/04/2013 With a 30 year career in real estate, many thought broker Doug Vaughan was a man to be trusted. His charisma helped make him a fortune in New Mexico real estate. But it was all lies.
S07E06 Union Bu$ter / The Fool's Gold 10/04/2013 (1) The Sandhogs Local 147, a New York City construction union, whose workers build tunnels and underground passageways, entrusts Melissa King for overseeing union benefits to ensure their retirements. Instead, King uses the workers funds to cut herself checks to the tune of $42 million. (2) Carl Estep is a smooth-talking ladies-man who looks for love and money, all to fund his phony gold scheme. The Montana conman spins tales of riches saying that he has hundreds of 55 gallon drums filled with 'gold concentrate' and all he needs is cash to pay for refining the gold ore to make millions. But the only thing in those drums is dirt.
S07E07 Windy City Wipeout / Miami Burn 16/04/2013 (1) Business partners Jack Walsh and Charles Martin appear to be getting very rich running a foreign currency trading brokerage, One World Capital. But in 2007, a routine audit reveals that One World has been pilfering clients' accounts, to the tune of $10 million. (2) The case of Miami CPA Juan Carlos Rodriguez who scammed his clients out of $1.9 million. After pleading guilty, he is sentenced to 7 years in federal prison.
S07E08 Dealing in Deceit 15/04/2013 San Francisco entrepreneur Samuel "Mouli" Cohen starts an internet music company and fraudulently takes in $31 million from celebrities, investors, and a charity dedicated to help the poor. He claims they will make a fortune when his company is sold to Microsoft. But there is no deal.
S07E09 Talk Radio Takedown 21/05/2013 Trevor Cook appears to be a local boy made good in Minneapolis, where he runs an investment fund called the Oxford Group. Along with three cohorts, Cook solicits an amazing $190 million dollars from 700 U.S. investors, many of whom heard his message through a talk radio star.
S07E10 Brooklyn's Madoff / Corrupted Software 29/05/2013 (1) Philip Barry runs his scam from Bay Ridge, a solid working-class neighborhood where families go back generations. Through local connections, Barry pulls more than 800 investors into a $40 million scheme offering "guaranteed returns" on investments. (2) In Chicago, Kevin Carney claims to have invented a new stock trading computer program that can produce high returns. In truth, it's a Ponzi scheme that nets $19 million.
S07E11 Greedy Groovy Guru / Doomsday Profit 14/06/2013 (1) A New Age evangelist becomes a greedy, groovy, guru telling Florida investors that positive thinking can lead to positive returns in her auto financing business. But this false prophet is returning nothing but false profits in her $113 million scam. (2) Civilization is on the verge of collapse, Ronnie Gene Wilson tells his followers, and the only path to a secure future is paved with investment in precious metals. But for a guy who predicts the imminent demise of the dollar, this South Carolinian certainly seems greedy for greenbacks.
S07E12 The Lady Killer 18/07/2013 A Florida man hits it big when he takes home almost $13 million in a Florida lottery jackpot. Instead of living large, Abraham Shakespeare gives away most of his money to people in his community. So when Dee Dee Moore offers to help manage his winnings, it's a welcome relief for Shakespeare. But what seems like a helping hand turns out to be a hand helping herself and Shakespeare ends up paying a deadly price.
S07E13 Rapper$ Delight / Grapes of Greed 31/07/2013 (1) In the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael McCant is a former bank robber who says he's gone "legit," and is now making millions by promoting up-and-coming rap musicians. But these millions are coming from investors like Bernice Tingle who have given McCant their entire nest eggs. (2) Mark Anderson owns a fine wine storage business in Sausalito, California. But when clients discover their wine is missing, they accuse Anderson of theft. Anderson tries to conceal his crime with gasoline and a blowtorch, destroying more than $200 million dollars' worth of wine, and bringing scores of family-owned wineries to the brink of ruin.
S08E01 Murder in Memphis 19/03/2014 A wife finds out her insurance agent husband Joe Caronna has been stealing money from their friends by selling bogus annuities.
S08E02 Young Lust Gone Bust 26/03/2014 Middle-aged commercial real estate investor Ed Okun is in love with a boat show model almost half his age. He showers her with jewels, cars, even a helicopter. To fund his hormone-induced multimillion dollar spending spree, Okun steals client money to live large and impress his new bride.
S08E03 The Cunning Cowgirl Crook / Dollars for Dumps 02/04/2014 (1) A small-town comptroller steals $53 million to fund a horse-breeding empire. (2) A crooked real estate developer lures victims to his phony residential oasis.
S08E04 $udden Death / Hip Hop Hustle 09/04/2014 (1) Feds investigate financial advisor J.D. Salinas and discover a $39 million scam. (2) A Chicago-area rapper convinces a local businessman that he's got a new gig that doesn't exist.
S08E05 Make Me Rich or Die / Kids For Cash 16/04/2014 (1) A man threatens investment professionals to make him rich. (2) Two judges get rich off a secret deal to build juvenile detention centers.
S08E06 Detroit 'Crime Boss' Mayor 30/04/2014 A former Detroit mayor and his friends extort city contractors, abuse public funds and turn the mayor's office into their own cash-making machine.
S08E07 The Falcon and the Con Man 30/04/2014 A man attempts to commit suicide and confesses to an extraordinary fraud that he perpetrated for the past two decades at a leading commodity futures brokerage.
S08E08 Extreme Home Ripoffs / 'Greedings' From Florida 18/06/2014 (1) Two brothers ripped off millions from homeowners in a remodeling scheme. (2) A serial scam artist tricks Florida retirees into fake New York real estate investments.
S08E09 Insider Trading Trio / Cocaine Cash Cleaner 25/06/2014 (1) Three friends go to New York to realize their dreams, which quickly turn criminal. (2) A money trail from drug traffickers leads to a suburban dad and firefighter.
S08E10 Lights! Camera! Fraud! 16/07/2014 An independent film spins out of control when a filmmaker's silent partner and spiritual guru helps himself to investor funds.
S08E11 The Car Con 23/07/2014 Brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson start a business selling vehicle service contracts, but the warranties prove worthless and the brothers pocket millions.
S08E12 A Wolf in Priest's Clothing 30/07/2014 A man concocts a $50 million phony international real estate scheme spending millions on his own lavish lifestyle.
S08E13 The Home Invaders / Nashville's Predator 06/08/2014 (1) Rivertown Financial, a home's equity and owners becoming homeless. (2) A financial planner reaps millions from client accounts, including the 401k of workers at a camp for seriously ill children.
S08E14 Hail to the Thief 13/08/2014 A former Army intelligence officer known as "Mr. X" stole millions through a fake veterans' charity and eluded authorities by using an array of false identities.
S09E01 A Con Man's Deadly Revenge 15/01/2015 A man and his brothers run a massive $40 million rare coin con until they're caught and embark on a grisly revenge plan.
S09E02 The Playboy of Indiana 22/01/2015 A man with a multi-million dollar yacht, 80 sports cars and a Playboy magazine model girlfriend runs a $200 million fraud.
S09E03 Ea$y Being Green / Burglar To The Stars 29/01/2015 (1) Con man Rodney Hailey runs a fake green energy business and collects millions by scamming major corporations. A fleet of luxury cars that litters the front of his home draws suspicion and leads authorities to the dirty money he makes on clean fuel. (2) Cat burglar Blane Nordahl targets the homes of wealthy individuals across the East Coast, showing an exclusive interest in hallmarked antique silver.
S09E04 A Widow's Web 05/02/2015 Rich husband, beautiful wife, perfect life. Pamela Phillips and Gary Triano are Tucson's golden couple. But their life unravels in a fury of greed and hate. When Gary ends up dead, all eyes are on Phillips. Could she kill for money?
S09E05 The Cash King 12/02/2015 No investment idea is too exotic for visionary entrepreneur James “The Cash King” Duncan. He sets his sights on strip clubs, real estate, Iraqi currency, diamonds, and even mind control technology.
S09E06 The Dirtiest Con 19/02/2015 Sixteen-year-old Barry Minkow starts ZZZZ Best Carpet Cleaners and quickly realizes there's more cash in fraud.
S09E07 Charity Begins at Home 26/02/2015 Claudio Osorio casts himself as a brilliant international business tycoon to scam big money and big names. This crook steals more than $40 million from investors and the US government through a bogus company and schemes to build homes for the poor.
S09E08 The Real Wolf of Wall Street 05/03/2015 Stockbroker Jordan Belfort runs a sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll brokerage firm. He pleads guilty to fraud and does jail time. After his release, Belfort gets a Hollywood makeover, but do his victims get justice?
S09E09 Kevin Trudeau’s Secrets / Remington Steal 10/07/2015 (1) The infomercial pitchman who claimed he was broke and could not pay a $37.6 million fine imposed by the Federal Trade Commission is chronicled. (2) An examination of Remington Financial Group's advanced-fee scam that defrauded investors in small businesses.
S09E10 Fake It To Make It / Kill The Witnesses 17/07/2015 (1) “Ferrari” Mike Banuelos steals musical artists’ money and their dreams. His Ferrari lifestyle drives them in the fast lane, but his promotional acumen leaves his investors to crash and burn. (2) Former IRS Agent Steven Martinez may seem like a normal accountant, but when he’s caught in a $12 million fraud, he diverts taxpayer money to the ultimate crime…. Murder.
S09E11 Vintage Wine Fraud 24/07/2015 Counterfeit wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan dominates the fine wine scene, making millions selling his cheap basement blends through elite auction houses.
S09E12 In Harm’s Way 31/07/2015 A US military contractor loots his company of $190 million and goes on a wild spending spree.
S09E13 The Lawyer Lies / Black Gold Bust 16/10/2015 (1) Indiana personal injury lawyer William Conour helps himself to desperate clients’ settlement money, pocketing millions. (2) Phony oil tycoon Gary Milby guarantees gushers of money to investors from his Kentucky oil wells.
S09E14 Friends Without Benefits 23/10/2015 Mutual Benefits buys life insurance policies from aids patients, the chronically ill, and seniors and fraudulently resells them as low risk investments to clients. When medical advances help patients live longer, Mutual Benefits collects new investor money to pay returns. 30,000 people get caught in the $1.25 billion ponzi scheme.
S09E15 The Spy Who Scammed Me 30/10/2015 A private security contractor is a James Bond wannabe who spins lies to desperate clients.
S09E16 The Sky's the Limit 06/11/2015 Ross Mandell’s company Sky Capital has hundreds of employees and investors and he’s living like a king. It’s a huge coup for Mandell who was once known as the Bad Boy of Wall Street, had addiction issues, and run-ins with regulators. Turns out, however, that Mandell is up to his old tricks – and the $140 million raised for Sky Capital goes down the drain in a spiral of greed.
S10E01 Ray Nagin - New Orleans Shakedown 31/03/2016 Disgraced former mayor exploits the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to pocket bribes and live large.
S10E02 The Surfer Slayer? 07/04/2016 Jason Derek Brown looks like a wealthy mellow surfer dude, but he's allegedly a stone-cold killer who shoots a security guard five times in the head to steal $56,000 in cash. Authorities say Brown robs an armored car guard to fuel his corrupt playboy lifestyle. This serial con artist leads the FBI on a heart-pumping chase over several western states, and lands on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
S10E03 A Mother's Costly Revenge 14/04/2016 When fraudster Paul Kruse propositions his assistant's teenage daughter, the angry mom gets him behind bars
S10E04 Vanity and Greed: Deadly Beauty 28/04/2016 "Nurse” Tracy Lynn Garner gives illegal silicone injections to enhance clients’ curves. When one patient dies, she’s charged with murder.
S10E05 Psychic Fiend’s Network 12/05/2016 A wealthy timber baron is rolled by a phony psychic for $15 million while her daughter pretends to be in love with him.
S10E06 The Bar Girls Trap 19/05/2016 Beautiful women with looks that kill are controlled by Russian gangsters to seduce amorous men in nightclubs out of their money and jewelry. It's a super expensive hangover.
S10E07 Sick Profits / Hollywood Swinging 26/05/2016 (1) In Brooklyn, a mother and son score $50 million in the Bay Medical Clinic scam that kicks back big bucks to patients. (2) A new studio called Gigapix collects millions from would-be movie producers but it's all a fraud.
S10E08 Capturing The Fugitives 09/06/2016 Criminals featured on the show are apprehended by law enforcement with the help of vigilant viewers.
S10E09 Six Feet Plunder 23/06/2016 Doug Cassity sells fake prearranged funeral contracts, amounting to $500 million, with the help of sexy saleswomen.
S10E10 Jersey Car Stealer Dealer / Facebook Face-Off 30/06/2016 (1) A luxury car salesman faces accusations of pocketing car loans and selling cars he doesn't own. (2) A man faces mail and wire fraud charges related to claims that he owned a percentage of Facebook.
S10E11 Pain Killer Profits 07/07/2016 A painkiller business in Florida turns twin brothers into millionaires.
S10E12 Jamaican Lottery Scam 14/07/2016 U.S. law enforcement teams up with Jamaican authorities to stop criminals using call centers in Jamaica to flood the U.S. with lies about lottery millions won by unsuspecting victims.
S10E13 The Bad Neighbors 04/08/2016 A neighborhood ice cream parlor in West Roxbury, Mass., lands the Palladino family in a major case of fraud.
S10E14 The Phantom Fraudster Of Broadway 11/08/2016 The Broadway premiere of "Rebecca" implodes thanks to New York stockbroker Mark Hotton, who allegedly swindles millions of dollars from investors.
S10E15 Medical Gloves With Holes 18/08/2016 A fraudster in California promises to build a medical glove factory in the U.S. and steals millions of dollars from investors.
S10E16 Hack Me If You Can / Goodfella Gone Bad 25/08/2016 A 28-year-old hacker named Daniel Rigmaiden allegedly steals millions of dollars from the U.S. government; a wise-guy wannabe in witness protection creates a mortgage fraud scam.
S10E17 Seattle Roasted / The Stealing Socialite 08/09/2016 Darren Berg of Seattle scams several investors, procuring himself two yachts, a private jet and a lakeside mansion; New York socialite Dina Wein Reis executes a grey market selling scam.
S10E18 Diagnosis: Blood Money / Chicago Jailbreak 15/09/2016 A Michigan doctor treats cancer-free patients with poisonous chemotherapy while taking millions in payment; two Chicago-area bank robbers repel 17 stories to escape the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
S10E19 Family Fortune Feud 22/09/2016 A once $100 million publishing fortune creates tension between mother and son when he's accused of squandering millions on sex, diamonds, and fraud.
S10E20 Silk Road / Digital Drug Dealers 29/09/2016 Federal agents seek to unmask the anonymous mastermind of the world's largest online and underground drug bazaar, despite potential corruption in their own ranks.
S00E01 The Last Days of Lehman Brothers 09/09/2009 The heads of Wall Street's biggest investment banks were summoned to an evening meeting by the US Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, to discuss the plight of another - Lehman Brothers. After six months' turmoil in the world's financial markets, Lehman Brothers was on life support and the government was about to pull the plug. Lehman CEO, Dick Fuld, recently sidelined in a boardroom coup, spends the weekend desperately trying to resuscitate his beloved company through a merger with Bank of America or UK-based Barclays. But without the financial support of Paulson and Lehman's fiercest competitors, Fuld's empire - and with it, the stability of the world economy - teeters on the verge of extinction
S00E02 Mob Money 11/08/2010 American Greed’s Mob Money reveals the inner workings of the mob through the eyes of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante family. They were once seen as second-class mobsters living in the shadows of the bigger New York City families. But that changed in the late 1990’s when the feds busted all five New York families for racketeering. For the DeCavalcantes, the timing couldn’t have been better. Discover how the family matures, becomes success and eventually bows to its weakness and crumbles to its knees. Organized crime activities bring in a worldwide annual income of between $50 and $90 billion…that’s more money than any major legitimate national industry. From loan-sharking and labor racketeering to illegal gambling and murder for hire to its recent invasion into Wall Street - it’s all part of the life and death business of organized crime. The way the mob does business isn’t all that different than any other big corporation. There’s a corporate structure with investments and returns. Mob bosses take their business as serious as any CEO with one major exception - the way organized crime deals with the competition--making them some of the most violent criminals around. Nothing and no one stands in their way.
S00E03 Madoff Behind Bars 25/08/2010 He was the mastermind of the biggest Ponzi scheme in American History. He stole millions…maybe billions of dollars from unsuspecting clients. Lives were shattered and fortunes ruined. After confessing to his crimes, Bernie Madoff received the maximum sentence: 150 years in prison.
S00E04 911 Fraud 07/09/2011 American Greed uncovers three tragic tales of deception and reveals the illegal lengths people will go to steal money following a national tragedy.

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