American Greed


American Greed
The scams, the schemes, the broken dreams - some people will do anything for money. American Greed examines the dark side of the American Dream.

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  • Watch American Greed Season 7

    • Episode 80

      Rapper$ Delight/The Grapes of Greed

      aired: Mon, Jul 29, 2013

      Michael McCant is a former bank robber who says he’s gone "legit" and promises 30% returns on investment in his concert promotion business. His investors learn the hard way that this ex-con is too illegit to quit...his life of crime.

    • Episode 79

      The Lady Killer

      aired: Wed, Jul 24, 2013

      A Florida man wins a $13 million lottery payout and gives away much of it. 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 his millions?

    • Episode 78

      Greedy, Groovy Guru / Doomsday Profit

      aired: Wed, Jun 26, 2013

      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.

    • Episode 75

      Dealing in Deceit

      aired: Wed, May 15, 2013

      Entrepreneur Samuel “Mouli” Cohen starts an Internet music company and fraudulently 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.

    • Episode 74

      Windy City Wipeout/Miami Burn

      aired: Wed, Apr 17, 2013

      First, currency traders in Chicago steal $10 million from clients to fund a binge on strippers, clothes, and fast cars. Then, in Miami...“With a friend like this...” A tax advisor steals millions from the people who considered him a best friend.

    • Episode 73

      Union Bu$ter/The Fool’s Gold

      aired: Wed, Apr 10, 2013

      In "Union Bu$ter, " a shady benefits administrator embezzles $42 million from a NYC union to fund her outrageous lifestyle. Then, a creative conman sells barrels of “gold concentrate” that turn out to be dirt in "The Fool's Gold."

    • Episode 69

      The Wealth Builder Club

      aired: Thu, Feb 28, 2013

      Randy Treadwell is the son of a preacher but leaves the righteous path. Claiming he’s a financial wizard, he uses his Southern charm to bilk believers out of nearly $65 million. See how the FBI finally brings him to justice.

    • Episode 68

      Shipwrecked

      aired: Thu, Feb 21, 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?

    • Episode 9

      9. Talk Radio Takedown

      aired: Thu, May 23, 2013

      Trevor Cook seems to be a local boy made good in Minneapolis, running an investment fund. Cook and his cohorts solicit $190 million from 700 investors, many of whom were swayed by a talk radio star. The investors think the money is going into securities but will be shocked to see how Trevor and his boys blow their hard-earned savings...turning a historic mansion into a den of debauchery.

    • Episode 8

      8. Dealing in Deceit

      aired: Thu, May 16, 2013

      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.

    • Episode 7

      7. Windy City Wipeout / Miami Burn

      aired: Thu, Apr 18, 2013

      Jack Walsh and Charles Martin appear to be getting very rich running a Chicago currency trading brokerage. But an audit reveals that they've been pilfering clients' accounts to the tune of $10 million. Their outrageous spending even included $1 million at a single strip club. Then, in "Miami Burn"...a trusted tax advisor lures his best friends into an investment scheme that bleeds them dry.

    • Episode 6

      6. Union Bu$ter / The Fool's Gold

      aired: Thu, Apr 11, 2013

      In "Union Bu$ter," a shady benefits administrator embezzles $42 million from a New York City union to fund her outrageous lifestyle. Then, a creative conman sells barrels of "gold concentrate" that turn out to be dirt in "The Fool's Gold." Can the FBI catch him in the act?

    • Episode 5

      5. Wild West Rip-Off

      aired: Thu, Apr 4, 2013

      With a long 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. After investigators stepped in and arrested him, he went on TV in search of money to pay for his defense.

    • Episode 4

      4. Deadly Payout

      aired: Thu, Mar 14, 2013

      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.

    • Episode 3

      3. The Prisoner of Wall Street

      aired: Thu, Mar 7, 2013

      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?

    • Episode 2

      2. The Wealth Builder Club

      aired: Thu, Feb 28, 2013

      Randy Treadwell is the son of a preacher but leaves the righteous path. Claiming he's a financial wizard, he uses his Southern charm to bilk believers out of nearly $65 million. His scams have legitimate sounding names like "Learn Waterhouse" and "The Wealth Builders Club," which promise huge returns for short-term investments. See how the FBI finally brings him to justice.

    • Episode 1

      1. Shipwrecked

      aired: Thu, Feb 21, 2013

      From spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on clothes and cars to leaving thousand-dollar tips at bars, Michael Vorce is a twenty-something playboy living it up. By all appearances he makes millions selling and buying luxury yachts, which allows him to borrow millions from banks. But when the loans come due, questions float to the surface - where are all the yachts? And where is all the money?

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    • Episode 72

      Wild West Rip-Off

      aired: Wed, Apr 3, 2013

      A charismatic real estate broker scams $75 million then pleads his case on TV.

    • Episode 71

      Deadly Payout

      aired: Thu, Mar 14, 2013

      Texas con men score $100 million running a "life settlement" insurance scam.

    • Episode 70

      The Prisoner of Wall Street

      aired: Thu, Mar 7, 2013

      Perry Griggs claimed to sell coffee futures when all he did was keep investors' money. Convicted of securities fraud, he was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison...where he started yet another scam! Will the Feds catch up with him for the second time?

    • Episode 67

      Allen Stanford: The Dark Knight

      aired: Wed, Oct 10, 2012

      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!

    • Episode 66

      The Jersey Score

      aired: Wed, Jul 25, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 63

      The Mormon Madoff

      aired: Wed, Jun 20, 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 unbeknownst to investors, Merriman was living a lie and ripping off his neighbors, friends…even his own mother.

    • Episode 62

      Blackjack Cheaters

      aired: Wed, May 16, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 61

      Pimp, Preacher, Profiteer

      aired: Wed, May 9, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 60

      Nicholas Cosmo: All Interest, No Return

      aired: Wed, May 2, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 59

      Real Estate Home Wrecker

      aired: Wed, Apr 4, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 58

      Loan Scam: Money for Nothing / Hawaiian Punch: Fraud in Paradise

      aired: Wed, Mar 14, 2012

      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?

    • Episode 56

      The Insider: Raj Rajaratnam

      aired: Wed, Feb 29, 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 Wall Street's respect. But behind closed doors, Rajaratnam was gaming the system to the tune of $75 million!

    • Episode 55

      Generous With Other People’s Money

      aired: Wed, Feb 22, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 54

      Baby Broker Scam

      aired: Wed, Feb 15, 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.

    • Episode 53

      Major League Fraud

      aired: Wed, Feb 8, 2012

      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?

    • Episode 52

      Master of Deadly Deceit

      aired: Wed, Feb 1, 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.

    • Episode 51

      Naked Greed: Celebrity Scam Artist

      aired: Wed, Jan 25, 2012

      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.

    • Episode 43

      The Bling Ring/The Fraudster, the Ex-Stripper and the Missing Millions

      aired: Wed, Mar 9, 2011

      In this episode, a gang of celebrity wannabes robs celebrity homes and steals millions in jewelry, clothing and artwork. Then...a high-rolling financier has a shady past, a gambling habit, and a murdered wife.

    • Episode

      American Greed: 9/11 Fraud

      aired: Wed, Sep 7, 2011

      American Greed uncovers three tragic tales of deception and reveals the shocking lengths people will go to steal money following a national tragedy.

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    • Episode 50

      Mark Weinberger: Nose No Bounds

      aired: Wed, Apr 27, 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.

    • Episode 49

      The Wizard of Sarasota

      aired: Tue, Apr 26, 2011

      Arthur Nadel magically conjures up a $330 million hedge fund. In the blink of an eye, he disappears and leaves clients without their life savings. American Greed presents the inside story of a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme!

    • Episode 48

      Hedge Fund Imposter

      aired: Tue, Apr 12, 2011

      Marc Dreier is a high-powered lawyer with celebrity clients. Despite the upscale façade, Dreier turns out to be a common conman who steals more than $700 million from hedge funds. American Greed profiles a story of massive deception and fraud.

    • Episode 47

      The Art of the Steal/The Folsom Felon

      aired: Tue, Apr 5, 2011

      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....Stefan Wilson says his investment fund is a sure thing, but business with Wilson comes at a very high price.

    • Episode 46

      The Royal Scam: Kings of Counterfeit

      aired: Tue, Mar 29, 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. Go inside the fascinating case of a counterfeiting master craftsman.

    • Episode 45

      The Slaughterhouse

      aired: Tue, Mar 22, 2011

      A slaughterhouse employs hundreds in a small town and brings in more than $300 million annually. But there are whispers of threats, extortion and child labor abuses. Sholom Rubashkin runs the family business. Is he a dutiful son or a corporate crook?

    • Episode 42

      $1.2 Billion Scam: Ft. Frauderdale

      aired: Tue, Feb 22, 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 actually a criminal mastermind. This is the story behind the largest Ponzi scheme in Florida history.

    • Episode 41

      A Most Generous Criminal

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      He’s a trusted advisor and 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.

    • Episode 40

      Hackers: Operation Get Rich or Die Tryin’

      aired: Tue, Feb 8, 2011

      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.

    • Episode 38

      Financial Guru Gone Bad

      aired: Tue, Jan 25, 2011

      Troy Titus promises to make you rich. 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!

    • Episode 37

      Bank Robbing Broker

      aired: Tue, Jan 18, 2011

      Stephen Trantel is a husband, a father…and a bank robber. He was once a broker making hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unemployed, Trantel embarks on a new career…of crime. His life—and the lives of those who love him--are changed forever.

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    • Episode 30

      Sholam Weiss

      aired: Tue, Mar 23, 2010

      Sholam Weiss, a former Rabbi, 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.

    • Episode 29

      Crash and Burn

      aired: Tue, Mar 16, 2010

      High-flying financier fakes death in a plane crash while under investigation for securities fraud.

    • Episode 28

      The Mad Max of Wall Street

      aired: Tue, Mar 9, 2010

      Short seller makes millions in trading scam using government secrets.

    • Episode 27

      Raffaello Follieri

      aired: Tue, Mar 2, 2010

      Millionaire playboy and girlfriend of a Hollywood starlet scams investors with a phony connection to the Pope. His image soon will be shattered when he is revealed as a con man when a multi-million dollar fraud is exposed.

    • Episode 25

      Suicide Is Painless

      aired: Tue, Feb 2, 2010

      Fugitive fund manager Sam Israel fakes his own death to escape justice. See how he gets caught.

    • Episode 12

      Season 4 Episode 12

      aired: Wed, May 5, 2010

      Billions in danger online. See what investigators are doing to protect you.

    • Episode 11

      Season 4 Episode 11

      aired: Wed, Apr 28, 2010

      Darlene and Charlene Shuler discover a loophole in the Department of Defense's automated payment system and steal millions from U.S. tax payers. Also on this episode of American Greed: Dr. Stokes is performing unnecessary surgeries and cutting corners.

    • Episode 10

      Season 4 Episode 10

      aired: Wed, Apr 21, 2010

      Money for victims stolen by lawyers who exploit the tragedy and pilfer their clients' money. How much they steal will shock you.

    • Episode 9

      9. Sexual Performance Pill / Kirk Wright

      aired: Wed, Apr 14, 2010

      Steven Warshak makes millions by selling an erectile dysfunction drug racking up illegal credit card charges on thousands of customers; and a financial advisor to pro sports stars multi-million dollar scam ends in his own death.

    • Episode 8

      8. Flipping Frenzy Scam

      aired: Wed, Apr 7, 2010

      Real estate scam dupes investors out of millions.

    • Episode 7

      7. Funny Money

      aired: Wed, Mar 31, 2010

      Six small time hustlers have a simple plan: to make millions in counterfeit money.

    • Episode 6

      6. Sholam Weiss

      aired: Wed, Mar 24, 2010

      Sholam Weiss, a former Rabbi, 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.

    • Episode 5

      5. Crash and Burn

      aired: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

      High-flying financier fakes death in a plane crash while under investigation for securities fraud.

    • Episode 4

      4. The Mad Max of Wall Street

      aired: Wed, Mar 3, 2010

      Short seller makes millions in trading scam using government secrets.

    • Episode 3

      Season 4 Episode 3

      aired: Wed, Mar 3, 2010

      Millionaire playboy and girlfriend of a Hollywood starlet scams investors with a phony connection to the Pope. His image soon will be shattered when he is revealed as a con man when a multi-million dollar fraud is exposed.

    • Episode 2

      Season 4 Episode 2

      aired: Wed, Feb 10, 2010

      Women befriend, insure, then murder men for money.

    • Episode 1

      Season 4 Episode 1

      aired: Wed, Feb 3, 2010

      Fugitive fund manager Sam Israel fakes his own death to escape justice. See how he gets caught.

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    • Episode 22

      A Scam Exposed: Strippers and Insider Trading

      aired: Tue, Feb 10, 2009

      A young Wall Street broker who wanted to get rich, David Pajcin partnered with fellow broker Gene Plotkin to mastermind a complex insider trading scheme.

    • Episode 21

      Skin Doctor Takes His Cut

      aired: Tue, Feb 3, 2009

      Dermatologist Michael Rosin took his cut on dozens of mostly elderly patients, performing unnecessary and invasive skin cancer surgeries.

    • Episode 17

      The Bonnie and Clyde of Mortgage Fraud

      aired: Tue, Jan 6, 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.

    • Episode 3

      3. A Scam Exposed: Strippers and Insider Trading

      aired: Wed, Feb 18, 2009

      American Greed profiles one of the biggest insider trading rings in history.

    • Episode 2

      2. Skin Doctor Takes His Cut

      aired: Wed, Feb 4, 2009

      Dermatologist Michael Rosin took his cut on dozens of mostly elderly patients, performing unnecessary and invasive skin cancer surgeries.

    • Episode 1

      The Bonnie and Clyde of Mortgage Fraud

      aired: Wed, Jan 7, 2009

      In a tell-all exclusive interview, Matt Cox and Rebecca Hauck explain how lust and greed are a hot combination for fraud.

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    • Episode 15

      Driven By Greed

      aired: Sat, Mar 29, 2008

      American Greed takes you inside the "Miracle Car Club," where two young men take investors for a ride to the tune of more than $21 million.

    • Episode 14

      Party's Over: Tyco's Kozlowski

      aired: Tue, Mar 18, 2008

      Meet Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of TYCO.

    • Episode 12

      Inside the WorldCom Scam

      aired: Tue, Mar 4, 2008

      American Greed investigates one of the most notorious cases of corporate fraud in US history: the rise and fraud of WorldCom.

    • Episode 10

      The Art of Fraud

      aired: Tue, Feb 19, 2008

      American Greed investigates one of the nation's largest Ponzi schemes, operated by a former Scientology minister. Meet the investigators who brought a con man, who stole more than $600 million from investors, to justice.

    • Episode 9

      Preying on Faith

      aired: Tue, Feb 12, 2008

      This "American Greed" follows the twists and turns of a famous unsolved art heist. Then, go inside the investigation of a pastor who preyed on a small Christian community, stealing $10 million.

    • Episode 8

      Confessions of a Con Man

      aired: Tue, Feb 12, 2008

      See how two young men take investors for a ride to the tune of more than $21 million.

    • Episode 7

      The Martin Frankel Case

      aired: Tue, Jan 29, 2008

      Meet Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of TYCO and the man behind the biggest case of white collar theft in U.S. history.

    • Episode 6

      Inside the WorldCom Scam

      aired: Wed, Mar 5, 2008

      American Greed profiles one of the biggest scams of the 21st century.

    • Episode 5

      Deadly Rx For Greed

      aired: Wed, Feb 27, 2008

      American Greed investigates one of the most notorious cases of corporate fraud in US history: the rise and fraud of WorldCom.

    • Episode 4

      The Art of Fraud

      aired: Wed, Feb 20, 2008

      See how Robert Courtney mixes a prescription of greed... diluting life-saving drugs and the hopes of cancer patients.

    • Episode 3

      Preying on Faith

      aired: Wed, Feb 13, 2008

      This "American Greed" follows the twists and turns of a famous unsolved art heist where thieves stole art valued at $300 million in less than 90 minutes.

    • Episode 2

      2. Confessions of a Con Man

      aired: Wed, Feb 6, 2008

      See how a supposed charity robbed unsuspecting patrons of millions of dollars.

    • Episode 1

      Hook, Line and Sucker

      aired: Wed, Jun 20, 2007

      See the story of a con man who vanished with $200 million.

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    • Episode 6

      It Takes a Thief

      aired: Wed, Jul 25, 2007

      A Scientology minister leaves the church for a more lucrative career in the stock market and scams investors out of more than $500 million. Then, American Greed goes behind the scenes of a sting operation to examine the mysterious world of art fraud.

    • Episode 5

      Medical Scams

      aired: Wed, Jul 18, 2007

      Church founder Gerald Payne called it "divine inspiration," a way for the faithful to reap what they sow. Instead, he built a $500 million pyramid scheme. Profiled in Case 2: By day, he's a property manager-by night, a daring cat burglar.

    • Episode 4

      The Wheaton Bandit

      aired: Wed, Jul 11, 2007

      First case: The Baptist Foundation of Arizona invests and loses millions entrusted by churchgoers, and its mission ends in scandal. Then, learn how Dr. Mikos, a charming doctor with a lucrative practice, turns out to be a con artist defrauding Medicare.

    • Episode 3

      $6 Million Art Heist

      aired: Wed, Jul 4, 2007

      It's a new crime wave: thieves committing identity theft to fund their raging meth addictions. Then, see how a serial bank robber, armed and dangerous, terrorizes the town of Wheaton, a quiet, affluent Chicago suburb.

    • Episode 2

      2. $6 Million Art Heist

      aired: Thu, Jul 5, 2007

      In this episode, two men hatch a plan to steal millions of dollars' worth of art. Then... It sounds like a nightmare--big, long needles repeatedly jabbed into a patient's back. But for Dr. Jorge Martinez, it's routine - part of an elaborate billing scheme.

    • Episode 1

      1x1

      aired: Thu, Jun 21, 2007

      In this episode of American Greed, see the detailed profile of a successful con artist and the investors he left with empty bank accounts. Then go inside a $4 million dollar art heist of Maxfield Parrish masterpieces.

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