The Masterminds

Season 1 Episode 1

The Anthon Forgeries

Aired Unknown Jul 16, 2003 on truTV
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The Anthon Forgeries
Mark Hoffman made a career for himself as one of the most skilled forgers in American history. Forging and altering coins, books, and historical documents, he conned unwary collectors and historians out of thousands. But his life as a counterfeiter reached its greatest heights when he successfully duped the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by selling them phony documents and letters detailing the early Mormon movement. With church officials unaware of their true authenticity, Hoffman became bolder and stepped up his game, earning hundreds of thousands with his false documents. However, when massive debts began to pile up and he couldn't produce his forgeries at a fast enough rate, Hoffman tried to buy time by sending mail bombs to those who threatened to ruin his career, and crossed the line from counterfeiter to murderer...moreless

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