American Greed

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CNBC Premiered Jun 21, 2006 In Season

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  • Rapper$ Delight / The Grapes of Greed

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    S 7 : Ep 80 - 7/30/13

    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. McCant solicits money from individual investors, promising 30% returns on investment in his concert promotion business. Some investors give McCant their entire nest eggs but learn the hard way that this former convict is too illegit to quit...his life of crime.moreless
  • The Lady Killer

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    S 7 : Ep 79 - 7/25/13

    A Florida man wins a $13 million Lottery payout and gives away much of it to strangers in need. After businesswoman Dee Dee Moore takes over his finances to protect his wealth, the millionaire disappears. Did she want to help him or help herself to Abraham Shakespeare's millions? Watch how the police hatch an outrageous undercover sting to catch "The Lady Killer."moreless
  • Greedy, Groovy Guru / Doomsday Profit

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    S 7 : Ep 78 - 6/27/13

    First, a New Age evangelist becomes a greedy, groovy, guru, telling investors that positive thinking can lead to positive returns. But this false prophet is returning nothing but false profits in her $113 million scam. Then...civilization is on the verge of collapse, Ronnie Gene Wilson tells his followers, and the only path to a secure future is investing in precious metals.moreless
  • Brooklyn's Madoff / Corrupted Software

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    S 7 : Ep 77 - 5/30/13

    A Brooklyn investment manager starts the longest running Ponzi scheme in history. 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 by offering "guaranteed returns" on investments. He tells his story exclusively to AMERICAN GREED from prison. In suburban Chicago, Kevin Carney says he invents a stock trading computer program which delivers an incredible 20% return per month and investors line up to give him their money. It's a $19 million scam where investors are burned by Carney's fraud and their own unrealistic expectations.moreless
  • Talk Radio Takedown

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    S 7 : Ep 76 - 5/23/13

    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 from 700 U.S. investors, many of whom heard his message through a talk radio star. The investors think their money is going into securities, but they'll be shocked to see how Trevor and his boys blow their hard-earned savings...turning a historic mansion into a den of debauchery.moreless
  • Dealing in Deceit

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    S 7 : Ep 75 - 5/16/13

    San Francisco entrepreneur Samuel "Mouli" Cohen starts a fake Internet music company and takes in $31 million from celebrities, investors, and even a charity. He claims they will make a fortune when his company is sold to Microsoft. But there is no deal.moreless
  • Windy City Wipeout / Miami Burn

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    S 7 : Ep 74 - 4/18/13

    Windy City Wipeout - In the North Shore of Chicago, business partners Jack Walsh and Charles Martin appear to be getting very rich running a foreign currency trading brokerage, One World Capital. Martin shamelessly flaunts his wealth on the streets of Winnetka, cruising by in a Ferrari, a Bentley, or an Escalade. And then there are the vanity projects: a film production company that invests in a Hollywood flop called "Breaking Point," and numerous junkets to celebrity charity events. But is the money really coming from savvy trades? In 2007, a routine audit reveals some "irregularities" in One World's accounting. . Miami Burn - Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing. Juan Carlos Rodriguez appeared to be anything but slick or flashy. He ran a one-man CPA firm, working from a tiny one-story office in a gritty Miami neighborhood. He was apparently a regular guy who enjoyed Dolphins football games and hanging out with a group of friends who called themselves "The Dudes." How shocking, then, when the trusted tax advisor lured his best friends into an investment scheme that would bleed The Dudes dry and cause financial ruin.moreless
  • Union Bu$ter / The Fool's Gold

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    S 7 : Ep 73 - 4/11/13

    Union Bu$ter - 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. The union workers unwittingly foot the bill for King's household staff of maids, security guards and a personal chef. She racks up a $7 million American Express bill and buys her daughter's way into the high-end world of equestrian jumping - spending nearly $5 million on horses and horse-related expenses. The union finds out, but not before many of its members see their accounts reduced by $50,000 to $80,000 and are forced to return to the tunnels to continue working during their golden years. The Fool's Gold - 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. When one lovelorn retired investor, we call "Valerie," loses $220,000 to his scam she informs the FBI and wears a wire to so the feds can see him in action. "Valerie" who thought she met 'Mr. Right' and wanted that money to fund her retirement now finds herself back at work with her savings gone wanting revenge.moreless
  • Wild West Rip-Off

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    S 7 : Ep 72 - 4/4/13

    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. He funded his luxurious lifestyle with $75 million of investors' money. When he ran out of investors and their money, investigators stepped in with undercover recorders and arrested him. Shockingly, he then went on TV in search of money to pay for his criminal defense.moreless
  • Deadly Payout

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    S 7 : Ep 71 - 3/14/13

    A trio of Texas conmen scores $100 million, telling investors there's big money in the "life settlement" insurance biz. They claim policy holders can cash out before they die and investors can double their money. When the fraudsters fail to pay returns and keep the money for themselves, it all comes crashing down, leaving investors' finances in critical condition.moreless
  • The Prisoner of Wall Street

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    S 7 : Ep 70 - 3/7/13

    Perry Griggs ran an investment fraud claiming to sell coffee futures when all he did was keep investors' money. He was convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to eight years in federal prison. While in prison, he starts yet another scam. This time, his victims are fellow prisoners and their families. After he is paroled, Griggs disappears. Will the Feds catch up with him for the second time?moreless
  • The Wealth Builder Club

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    S 7 : Ep 69 - 2/28/13

    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.moreless
  • Shipwrecked

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    S 7 : Ep 68 - 2/22/13

    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?moreless
  • Allen Stanford: The Dark Knight

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    S 6 : Ep 67 - 10/11/12

    Sir Allen Stanford was once one of the richest men in America. His company, The Stanford Financial Group, flourished selling certificate of deposits, usually a safe bet. But he was eventually convicted of running an international $7 billion Ponzi scheme!moreless
  • The Jersey Score

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    S 6 : Ep 66 - 7/26/12

    Solomon Dwek was a real estate mogul, philanthropist...and an expert flimflammer. He was the mastermind behind a multimillion-dollar scam. When his luck runs out, he becomes an informant in the biggest case of corruption and greed in New Jersey history.moreless
  • Financial Home Invasion

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    S 6 : Ep 65 - 7/12/12

    Lee Farkas was a mortgage mogul, a millionaire and the chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. In reality, his clients were in the dark as Farkas made his fortune by peddling fake mortgages and looting his own company.moreless
  • Crash for Cash

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    S 6 : Ep 64 - 6/27/12

    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.moreless
  • The Mormon Madoff

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    S 6 : Ep 63 - 6/21/12

    Shawn Merriman was a bishop in the Mormon Church, a family man and the head of a thriving investment business pulling in millions. But unbeknownst to investors, Merriman was living a lie and ripping off his neighbors, friends…even his own mother.moreless
  • Blackjack Cheaters

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    S 6 : Ep 62 - 5/17/12

    Van Thu Tran is a sexy gambler 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.moreless
  • Pimp, Preacher, Profiteer

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    S 6 : Ep 61 - 5/10/12

    Milwaukee crime boss Michael Lock, often described as a "mortgage pimp," is not your typical white-collar criminal. Once considered a church prodigy, he went on to deal drugs, pimp prostitutes, torture & kill two drug dealers, and commit mortgage fraud.moreless
  • Nicholas Cosmo: All Interest, No Return

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    S 6 : Ep 60 - 5/3/12

    Dubbed Long Island’s “mini-Madoff,” Nicholas Cosmo promised big returns on booming real estate investments. Victims from his blue-collar neighborhood entrusted their life savings, but his Ponzi scheme resulted in losses of more than $195 million.moreless
  • Real Estate Home Wrecker

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    S 6 : Ep 59 - 4/5/12

    One of the nation’s top homebuilders runs a multimillion-dollar scam that wreaks financial havoc on home buyers, subcontractors, and banks. As a result, nearly 300 home owners face the threat of foreclosure.
  • Loan Scam: Money for Nothing / Hawaiian Punch: Fraud in Paradise

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    S 6 : Ep 58 - 3/15/12

    First, in a mountain retreat, Norman Schmidt stole millions until a trusted employee brought him down. Next...mortgage broker James Lull claimed there was big money to be made fixing bad credit scores, but what did he really do with investors' millions?moreless
  • Fine Art: A Portrait of Fraud

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    S 6 : Ep 57 - 3/7/12

    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?
  • The Insider: Raj Rajaratnam

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    S 6 : Ep 56 - 2/29/12

    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 Wall Street's respect. But behind closed doors, Rajaratnam was gaming the system to the tune of $75 million!moreless
  • Generous With Other Peoples Money

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    S 6 : Ep 55 - 2/22/12

    Tom Petters was a respected CEO for more than a decade at iconic American companies like Polaroid, Sun Country Airlines and Fingerhut. But these legitimate businesses were purchased with dirty money...Petters' reputation was built on a foundation of lies.moreless
  • Baby Broker Scam

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    S 6 : Ep 54 - 2/15/12

    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.moreless
  • Major League Fraud

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    S 6 : Ep 53 - 2/8/12

    Nevin Shapiro is the conman at the center of a major college football scandal. 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?moreless
  • Master of Deadly Deceit

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    S 6 : Ep 52 - 2/1/12

    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.moreless
  • Naked Greed: Celebrity Scam Artist

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    S 6 : Ep 51 - 1/25/12

    Kenneth Ira Starr is a money manager who courts celebrity clients like Sylvester Stallone and Uma Thurman. But he doesn’t stop there. He steals $30 million to buy his way onto Hollywood’s A-list & live a life of luxury...all in the name of love.moreless
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