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.
Mac Parker raises $28 million to produce a grassroots film he calls "The Birth of Innocence," but investors later learn that less than $1 million goes toward making the film. The rest goes to a spiritual guru named Lou Soteriou.
Brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson start US FIDELIS, a business selling vehicle service contracts. But when the cars break down, those warranties worthless while the brothers pocket millions and live it up.
Martin Sigillito dons a robe and presides over his congregation as a bishop, but fails to mention that his other occupation is as a fraudster. He concocts a $50 million phony international real estate scheme and spends millions on his own lavish lifestyle.
Geoff Goldman tells homeowners facing foreclosure that he can save their homes by purchasing their houses and then renting it back to them. He instead falsifies loan applications and ensures that dozens of homeowners never set foot in their homes again while raking in millions. And Aaron Vallett says he wants to own a one-stop financial shop in Nashville and runs a mutual fund that gets invested into his own lifestyle and image. He buys fast cars, a million dollar house, and pays to become the official investment advisor of the NHL's Nashville Predators.
A former Army intelligence officer known as "Mr. X" steals millions through a fake veteran's charity and eludes authorities by using an array of false identities. Though he uses donor money to get close to President George W. Bush and conservative politicians, no one figures out who he is or where he came from until he makes one misstep.
A multi-million-dollar yacht, 80 sports cars, a Playboy-magazine-model girlfriend. Tim Durham is the picture of success as a fix-it and flip-it business king. But in the comfort of his 30,000 square foot home he's running a $200 million fraud.
Con man Rodney Hailey runs a fake green energy business and collects millions by scamming major corporations. When this environmental entrepreneur litters the front of his suburban home with a fleet of luxury cars it exposes the dirty money he makes on clean green fuel. And, for nearly 30 years, notorious cat burglar Blane Nordahl steals sterling silver in America's most expensive zip codes. His crimes spark a nationwide man hunt for the man behind an estimated $15 million precious metal meltdown.
Rich husband, beautiful wife, perfect life. Pamela Phillips and Gary Triano are Tucson's golden couple. But their life unravels in a fury of greed and hate. When Gary ends up dead, all eyes are on Phillips. Could she kill for money?
No investment idea is too exotic for visionary entrepreneur James "The Cash King" Duncan. He sets his sights on strip clubs, real estate, Iraqi currency, diamonds, and even mind control technology. And his over the top lifestyle is a devious facade built with empty promises, costing investors millions.
Barry Minkow is the con who keeps on conning. In a spectacular criminal career that begins in high school, he moves from being a Wall Street "wonder boy," to a devout man of God, to a heroic fraud fighter. But in every role he plays, Minkow proves the rule: once a fraud, always a fraud.
In less than four years Claudio Osorio steals more than $40 million from investors and the U.S. government. To draw big money and big names into his con, Osorio casts himself as a wealthy, brilliant international business tycoon. In fact, he is an international crook. His company Inno Vida's financial statements to the SEC in March list more than $35 million in cash. In fact, there is only $185,000 in company accounts. As investments pour in, so do lawsuits. In 2012 Osorio is indicted. He pleads guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, is sentenced to 12 and a half ...
Jordan Belfort, better known as the real-life "Wolf of Wall Street", is a smooth-talking salesman whose Stratton Oakmont brokerage house focuses mostly on penny stocks, a high-risk endeavor for investors. Belfort's minions offer investors a chance to purchase blue-chip stocks, but then pressure their clients to invest in questionable penny stocks, like karate schools and no-name tech companies. Stratton Oakmont is a resounding success and Belfort is soon making $50 million a year, but Stratton's business model involves pumping and dumping stocks. In 1994, the SEC is ...
Infomercial kingpin Kevin Trudeau is making millions but the government says he's selling lies and they'll do whatever they can to shut him down. And, Remington Financial Group's decades long 26 million-dollar advance fee scheme is about to be exposed by an unlikely group of victims.
Ferrari Mike Banuelos takes musical artists' lives in the fast lane, but his promotions make his investors crash and burn. And Former IRS Agent Steven Martinez may seem like a normal accountant, but when he's caught in a $12 million fraud, he diverts taxpayer money to the ultimate crime - Murder.
A personal injury attorney pockets the winnings of his desperate clients and uses the cash to fuel his own over-the-top lifestyle. And a Kentucky oil man's wild scheme comes undone after he makes an appearance on a reality TV show.
Ex New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin exploits the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina by accepting bribes and corrupting the rebuilding efforts in the Big Easy. Nagin is accused of bilking the devastated city out of an estimated $500,000, taking expensive trips in private jets for him and his family, and orchestrating an exclusive granite contract.
When financial fraudster Paul Kruse propositions his assistant's teenage daughter, this angry mom gets revenge and him behind bars. But will this whistle blower survive Kruse's sinister murder-for-hire plot?
"Nurse" Tracey Lynn Garner gives illegal silicone injections to enhance clients' curves. When one patient dies, she's charged with murder facing life in prison. And, four people become paralyzed after receiving knockoff Botox Cosmetic injections to treat wrinkles. The poisonous potion is sold as a cheaper alternative to pump up profits.
Ralph Raines, Jr., the heir to an Oregon timber fortune, wanders into a psychic shop one day and meets a woman works her way into Raines' bank accounts and engineers the perfect Sweetheart Swindle with her family members as a supporting cast.
For many men, it seems like a fun time on Miami's South Beach, and the beautiful girls they meet seem like the perfect companions for a night of partying. Little do they know, these Russian and Latvian beauties are trained pros brought to the US to help identify rich-looking men and take them for tens of thousands of dollars in a few short hours.
David Kaup, Aubrey Lee Price, Neisha Jackson, Jack Utsick, and James Hammes appeared on "American Greed: The Fugitives," and afterwards, many people thought that they would never be seen again. But these five fugitives have been CAUGHT.
Luxury car salesman and reality TV star Bobby Khan is accused of pocketing car loans and selling cars that aren't his. And Paul Ceglia, who once hired Mark Zuckerberg, claims to own half of Facebook and says he has the contract to prove it. But is it legitimate?
Twin Brothers Chris and Jeffrey George make $40 million from the illicit sale of oxycodone and other drugs out of their South Florida pain clinics. When patients start dying, their pill mills get unwanted attention from the Feds.
With two yachts, his own private jet, and lakeside mega-mansion, Darren Berg scams some of Seattle's savviest investors. And, New York socialite Dina Wein Reis bilks companies out of millions in a grey market selling scheme.
Hacker Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, runs the underground drug bazaar Silk Road. In 2013, Silk Road is shut down, and Ulbricht is charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and even solicitation of murder. He is sentenced to life in prison.
America is fighting two wars and a Miami party boy steps into make a killing for himself. Efraim Diveroli, just 21 years old, a self proclaimed druggy, wins a nearly $300 million contract to supply ammo to Afghanistan. But the only way to score millions from the deal is to break the law. His story gets amped-up with fiction in the 2016 movie "War Dogs" but American Greed has the facts about what happens when war meets greed.
In Chicago, dentist Gary Kimmel aids a sex trafficking ring comprised of violent pimps who exploit women nationwide. And, a heist to steal a comic book collection outside Rochester, NY, leaves one dead, 10 convicted, and $700,000 in losses.