American Greed

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American GreedStacy Keach narrates this dissection of the dark side of the American Dream, a survey of how far some people go to become rich, no matter the cost to themselves and those around them. Real-life cases are reviewed and involve such criminal activity as credit card scams, identity theft, counterfeiting and Ponzi schemes.
S12, EP14 "Online Dating Trap"Daylon Pierce is a consummate ladies' man who claims to be a licensed stockbroker, wooing unsuspecting women through internet dating sites; after the women hand over millions of dollars, Pierce robs them blind and breaks their hearts.
S12, EP15 "An Ungodly Scammer"Self-proclaimed teen millionaire Ephren Taylor preaches his "safe" investments at church seminars and on the internet, fleecing victims out of millions and pumping cash into flashy living and his wife's hip-hop career.
S13, EP9 "The Fast and the Fraudulent"Payday loan scam mastermind, Scott Tucker, swindles millions of cash-strapped borrowers with his convenient online loan business and uses the profits to fuel his race car team dreams.
S15, EP1 "The Life & Crimes of Joel Greenberg"Joel Greenberg is a privileged millennial from a rich Florida family who one day decides to run for Seminole County Tax Collector and wins; once in office, he embarks on a breathtaking series of crimes, ranging from fraud to sex trafficking.
S13, EP15 "All-Star Sports Scam"Well-heeled financial advisor Peggy Ann Fulford builds a cache of all-star clients and a personal fortune by convincing A-list players like Dennis Rodman that she's in their corner.
S14, EP3 "The Real Dr. Death"In Dallas, a delusional, debt-ridden, and allegedly drug-dabbling spine surgeon maims and even kills patients in one botched surgery after another; it falls to two colleagues to step in where others won't and bring him down.
S14, EP4 "The Fall of an Opiod Mogul"As the opioid epidemic destroys the lives of millions of Americans, billionaire drug mogul John Kapoor looks to cash in; he concocts a conspiracy to bribe doctors and lie to insurers to sell as much fentanyl as possible.
S14, EP6 "Social Media Scam Artists"Crowdfunded charities are supposed raise funds for good causes, but some are actually scams.
S14, EP8 "The "Con" in Congress"California Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, looked like the perfect political power couple but instead of serving the public, these partners in life conspired to help themselves to hundreds of thousands in campaign dollars.
S14, EP10 "The Imposter"Ed Shin is an entrepreneur, churchgoer and family man; when his business partner suddenly vanishes, prompting the family to seek answers, a private eye digs into Shin's past and finds something horrifying.
S13, EP8 "Diagnosis: Temptress Health Scam"Entrepreneur Keisha Williams is really a high-rolling shopaholic with a taste for strip clubs and exotic travel; she takes investors for millions of dollars with a can't miss bid to secure a medical money-making technology that never materializes.
S13, EP10 "Painful Greed Turns Deadly"Healing turns harmful when pharmacist Barry Cadden chooses profits over safety while running a drug compounding center where mold and bacteria thrive.
S13, EP13 "Mike The Situation Sorrentino"Mike The Situation Sorrentino flaunts washboard abs and a party boy image, but when it comes to paying his taxes, he'd rather play than pay.
S10, EP17 "Seattle Roasted; The Stealing Socialite"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.
S10, EP18 "Diagnosis: Blood Money; Chicago Jailbreak"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.
S10, EP20 "Silk Road: Digital Drug Dealers"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.
S11, EP1 "Deadly Gold Digger"A femme fatale with a way of getting men to do what she wants sets a trap for a multi-millionaire divorcee.
S11, EP3 "Badge of Dishonor"Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz steals from a youth group and his death in the woods in Fox Lake, Ill., sparks a massive manhunt to find his killers.
S11, EP4 "Billionaire Boys Bust"Flashy former Michigan cop and corrupt real estate dealer John Bravata uses his company, nicknamed the Billionaire Boys Club, to steal $50 million from 440 middle-class investors.
S11, EP14 "Art Schlichter: All American Fraud"Former quarterback Art Schlichter was once a living legend at Ohio State University; Art Schlichter throws it all away when he sinks into a gambling addiction, becoming a fast-talking con artist whose only game is looking for the next score.
S12, EP7 "Blood Relatives; End of Life Scam"A thieving shopaholic son murders his family to cash in on the family's wealth; a Chicago health facility owner uses an inflated billing scheme in a $20 million rip off.
S13, EP2 "The Fyre Festival"Billy McFarland organizes the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, selling thousands of tickets on the strength of a social media pitch that results in a disastrous music event that goes up in smoke.
S13, EP14 "Fake Heiress Cons High Society"An artsy German heiress Anna Delvey makes a splash in Downtown New York's social scene, but she's really a Russian-born con artist who's trying to swindle $23 million from banks while dodging unpaid bills.
S15, EP4 "Boeing's Deadly Design"Two new Boeing 737 Max jets fall out of the sky five months apart, killing 346 people; investigators home in on a software program known as MCAS; some critics say the real culprit is a corporate culture that values shareholders over passengers.
S12, EP9 "Billion Dollar Fraud Goes Viral"By promising enormous returns on a work-from-home scheme selling TelexFree phone service, Carlos Wanzeler and James Merrrill entice nearly one million people in an extraordinary $1.7 billion internet scam.
S14, EP9 "Confessions of a Scam Artist"T.R. Wright -- the architect of what's been called the wildest insurance fraud scheme Texas has ever seen -- shares his almost-too-crazy-to-be-true story with American Greed.
S4, EP2 "The Black Widows"Two elderly California women befriend homeless men, then kill them to collect insurance money.
S4, EP3 "Raffaello Follieri"An Italian real estate developer romances a Hollywood starlet and misappropriates investor funds.
S5, EP4 "TJX; Albert Gonzalez"A group of hackers live it up and decide to get rich or die trying.
S5, EP5 "Robert McLean"Trusted adviser and a philanthropist Bob McLean runs a successful investment firm and donates millions to his favorite causes, but he carries with him a dark, devastating secret.
S5, EP6 "Scott Rothstein"Scott Rothstein, a Ft. Lauderdale attorney making millions, is the life of the party and a guy who wants the world to love him, while also secretly playing the part of criminal mastermind.
S5, EP7 "Danny Pang and the Bling Ring"A group of wannabe-celebs make off with millions from Hollywood's rich and famous.
S9, EP14 "Friends Without Benefits"Mutual Benefits buys life insurance policies from AIDS patients, the chronically ill and seniors and fraudulently resells them as low risk investments to clients.
S10, EP2 "The Surfer Slayer?"A man, appearing to be nothing more than a wealthy surfer, allegedly commits murder and robs an armored car, leading the FBI on a chase spanning multiple states.
S10, EP3 "A Mother's Costly Revenge"A financial fraudster seeks deadly revenge after being placed behind bars for propositioning his assistant's daughter.
S10, EP4 "Vanity and Greed: Deadly Beauty"Authorities charge a nurse with murder after an illegal silicone injection leads to death and knock-off cosmetic injections paralyze four others.
S10, EP6 "The Bar Girls Trap"Russian gangsters use beautiful women to seduce amorous men in nightclubs out of their money and jewelry.
S10, EP7 "Sick Profits; Hollywood Swinging"A mother and son score millions in the Bay Medical Clinic scam; Gigapix collects millions from would-be movie producers before being revealed as a fraud.
S11, EP8 "Fouled Out: Rumeal Robinson"A former champion basketball player's schemes land him in prison and his mother gets kicked out of her home.
S12, EP4 "The Polka King Con"Polka band leader Jan Lewan rips off his adoring fans with false promises of sizable investment returns.
S11, EP11 "From Peanuts to Sick Millions"A CEO knowingly ships peanut products tainted with salmonella, killing nine and sickening thousands.
S11, EP5 "Clean Teeth, Dirty Money; Comic Book Murder"A sex trafficking ring, comprised of violent pimps who exploit women, enlists a Chicago dentist to launder their money; a plot to steal a valuable comic book collection ends in murder.
S11, EP6 "Sticky Fingers; Life in the Fraud Lane"A famous Texas fruitcake bakery's accountant conducts a check writing scam; a self-proclaimed financial wiz rips off investors while he funds a professional race team with money stolen from his church.
S11, EP7 "Making a Killing; Doctor Drug Dealer"A motivational speaker murders to get cash for his wild scams; a Los Angeles pain clinic doctor makes millions writing illegal pain prescriptions.
S11, EP9 "Recipe for Murder"A successful businesswoman is targeted by a serial grifter who poisons her for money.
S10, EP19 "Family Fortune Feud"A once $100 million publishing fortune creates tension between mother and son when he's accused of squandering millions on sex, diamonds, and fraud.
S10, EP14 "The Phantom Fraudster of Broadway"The Broadway premiere of "Rebecca" implodes thanks to New York stockbroker Mark Hotton, who allegedly swindles millions of dollars from investors.
S10, EP15 "Medical Gloves With Holes"A fraudster in California promises to build a medical glove factory in the U.S. and steals millions of dollars from investors.
S12, EP13 "The Fake Housewife of Orange County"In sunny Laguna Beach, social climber Elizabeth Mulder finances her plastic surgery, Arabian horses, and ocean view real estate worth millions by swindling her best friends.
S13, EP4 "Prophets of Greed"Leaders of a polygamous religious sect demand perfect obedience from followers, luring them into welfare fraud and stealing more than $2 million from American tax payers.
S12, EP5 "Stolen Valor Scam"Idaho Guardsman Darryl Wright claims he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq, but his story is an elaborate scam that allows him to live large without working and to steal resources from veterans who truly need help.
S11, EP10 "Junk in a Box; Been Caught Stealing"Cancer charities that raise millions but gives only three percent to patients and families; a family brings in millions shoplifting in a nationwide crime spree caught on camera.
S10, EP9 "Six Feet Plunder"Doug Cassity sells fake prearranged funeral contracts, amounting to $500 million, with the help of sexy saleswomen.
S10, EP11 "Pain Killer Profits"Twin brothers make millions from the illicit sale of oxycodone and other drugs out of their South Florida pain clinics.
S10, EP12 "Jamaican Lottery Scam"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.
S10, EP13 "The Bad Neighbors"A neighborhood ice cream parlor in West Roxbury, Mass., lands the Palladino family in a major case of fraud.
S10, EP16 "Hack Me if You Can; Goodfella Gone Bad"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.
S9, EP15 "The Spy Who Scammed Me"A private security contractor promises to help win the freedom of detained oil executives and claims he can find out who abducted Madeleine McCann.
S11, EP13 "Deadly Black Gold Riches"A man schemes to strike it rich in the North Dakota oil fields and he lets no one get in his way.
S12, EP8 "Dangerous Luxury"Vitaly Borker scores $18 million selling designer knock-off eyewear as genuine from his website in Brooklyn, N.Y.; when customers complain, they are threatened with violence, even murder.
S12, EP12 "Artistic License to Steal"A wannabe art dealer sells fake works by American masters of Abstract Expressionism in an $80 million scam, fooling rich collectors and pocketing millions.
S12, EP17 "Something's Fishy: The Codfather"Carlos Rafael makes millions as the owner of one of the largest commercial fishing businesses on the East Coast but his big mouth gets him hooked in an undercover IRS sting with agents posing as Russian mobsters.
S14, EP1 "The Trials of Michael Avenatti"Attorney Michael Avenatti has legal troubles of his own when he represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her dispute with President Donald Trump.
S12, EP19 "Baby-Faced Drug Lords"Florida teenagers cash in on the opioid crisis, then they expand their operation, jeopardizing their lives of sex, drugs and money.
S15, EP24 "Lawyers, Lies, and a Housewife"Personal injury attorney Tom Girardi posits himself as a champion for the little guy, but jilted clients cry foul when they discover him cheating them out of millions in settlement money as his wife flaunts her wealth on reality television.
S15, EP23 "Fame, Fortune & Fraud"Jason Van Eman is a B-list actor from Oklahoma who decides to seek fame and fortune as a Hollywood producer.
S15, EP22 "Drunk With Power"With his long beard, ponytail, and ubiquitous advertising, Jamie Balagia - AKA The DWI Dude - is well-known in Texas as flamboyant defense attorney who can get drunk driving defendants out of a jam.
S15, EP21 "Preaching Pyramid Schemes"Marlon and LaShonda Moore are accused of exploiting vulnerable people during the pandemic and convincing thousands of their fans to invest in their illegal scheme; regulators claim the Moore's "blessed" themselves to the tune of millions of dollars.
S15, EP20 "VIP Schemers"Convicted fraudster and identity thief Tracii Show Hutsona is once again up on federal charges after a high-profile client discovers more than $1 million missing from her bank accounts.
S15, EP19 "Follow the Juul Money"When an epidemic of teenage nicotine addiction breaks out across the country, some people ask whether Juul's founders are intent on saving lives or targeting the next generation.
S15, EP18 "The Busted Mogul"Lobsang Dargey, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, escapes Chinese oppression and claws his way to freedom in the U.S.; uneducated and broke, but rich with ambition, Dargey catapults from odd jobs to real estate development.
S15, EP17 "A Legacy of Fraud"A sprawling investigation into the prominent and powerful Murdaugh family uncovers years of unchecked power and privilege that has allegedly resulted in years of fraud, conspiracy, corruption and even murder.
S15, EP16 "The Decline of a Dynasty"A well-respected lawyer from a prominent family is accused of stealing millions from the suffering clients who turn to him for help.
S15, EP15 "Streaming and Scheming"Zachary Horwitz has dreams of making it big in Hollywood; while his onscreen career never quite flourishes, Horwitz acts his way into raising more than $600 million for an investment opportunity that is completely bogus.
S15, EP14 "California Schemin'"In sun-drenched San Diego, entrepreneur and real estate developer Gina Champion-Cain lures in investors with a glamorous, beachy image and promises of sky-high returns on short-term liquor license loans.
S15, EP13 "Million Dollar Prison Kickback"Chris Epps charms his way up the ladder, from prison guard to the top post of Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner. Once in office, he and his businessman buddy, Cecil McCrory set up shop, siphoning kickbacks and bribes.
S15, EP12 "The Spy Who Conned Me"A former weatherman claiming to be an undercover spy infiltrates Washington's intelligence circles where he collects millions with his tales of running a top-secret national security operation for the CIA.
S15, EP11 "Financial Infidelity"Purported entrepreneur Antonio Mariot Wilson changes his name, pitch, and act to play a series of roles, and the inveterate huckster fleeces unsuspecting investors for decades, including television star Jenifer Lewis.
S15, EP10 "The Accused Crypto Couple"Heather Morgan transforms herself into a business owner, journalist and fledgling rap artist known as Razzlekhan; She and her husband stand accused of laundering 4.5 billion dollars worth of stolen bitcoin, breaking a government record.
S15, EP9 "COVID Cons"While an estimated $100 billion in COVID relief funds is stolen, this seasoned family of fraudsters easily grabs millions of dollars Americans desperately need to buy themselves mansions, jewelry and gold.
S15, EP8 "Chasing Tesla"Serial entrepreneur Trevor Milton founds the electric vehicle company Nikola, which suggests it will be the next Tesla, but for long-haul trucks.
S15, EP7 "The Polygamist and the Bio Fuel Baron"CEO Jacob Kingston appears to be a rising star in Utah's fledgling biofuel industry, until a member of a secretive polygamist group called The Order reveals that Kingston is committing a 1.1 billion dollar fraud.
Stacy Keach narrates this dissection of the dark side of the American Dream, a survey of how far some people go to become rich, no matter the cost to themselves and those around them. Real-life cases are reviewed and involve such criminal activity as credit card scams, identity theft, counterfeiting and Ponzi schemes.
Original Air Date: Jun 21, 2007
Genres: DramaTV Series
Rating: TVPG
Playback: HD
1 seasons available on demand (18 episodes)
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