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.
First, currency traders in Chicago steal $10 million from clients to fund a binge on strippers, clothes, and fast cars. Then, in Miami...“With a friend like this...” A tax advisor steals millions from the people who considered him a best friend.
In "Union Bu$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."
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.
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?
A charismatic real estate broker scams $75 million then pleads his case on TV.
Texas con men score $100 million running a "life settlement" insurance scam.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.