J. David Salinas seems to have it all: a successful financial advisor hobnobbing with famous NCAA basketball coaches. But when an employee betrays him, Salinas' world crumbles under the weight of a $39 million scam.
In the first case, a small-town comptroller steals $53 million from her city to fund a horse-breeding empire. Then, a crooked real estate developer lures victims to his phony residential oases.
Commercial real estate investor Ed Okun is in love. He is drawn to a boat show model almost half his age, and he can’t stop showering her with gifts. To fund his love-induced multimillion-dollar spending spree, he reaches into his clients' accounts.
Joe and Tina Caronna are living the good life: a nice house, a collection of sports cars, and loads of cash for vacations and fun. But while Tina has earned her money as a financial executive, Joe's life as an insurance agent isn't exactly legit.
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.
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?
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.
A Brooklyn investment manager starts the longest running Ponzi scheme in history. Philip Barry runs his scam from Bay Ridge, a working-class neighborhood where families go back generations. He tells his story exclusively to AMERICAN GREED from prison.
Trevor Cook and his cohorts solicit $190 million from 700 investors, many of whom were swayed by a talk radio star. The investors will be shocked to see how Cook blows their hard-earned savings...turning a historic mansion into a den of debauchery.
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."
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?
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.
New Villains. New Victims. New Greed. Joe and Tina Caronna are living the good life: a nice house, fancy sports cars, and loads of cash for vacations and fun. But while Tina has earned her money as an executive, Joe isn't exactly legit.
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