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American Greed

American Greed

CNBC 2007

The program focuses on the stories behind some of the biggest corporate and white collar crimes in the United States such as WorldCom, HealthSouth and Tyco. In addition, stories about more common crimes such as insurance fraud, murder, embezzlement, art theft, Ponzi schemes, credit card fraud, bank robbery, money laundering, identity theft, and medical fraud are also featured. Other topics have included the story behind the famous Mustang Ranch in Nevada and the rise and fall of boy band impresario Lou Pearlman. American Greed is narrated by veteran actor Stacey Keach.

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The 10 Best Episodes of American Greed

American Greed - S10E5

#1 - Psychic Fiend’s Network (Season 10 - Episode 5)

A wealthy timber baron is rolled by a phony psychic for $15 million while her daughter pretends to be in love with him.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 30 votes.

American Greed - S13E8

#2 - Diagnosis: Temptress Health Scam (Season 13 - Episode 8)

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.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 27 votes.

American Greed - S14E1

#3 - The Trials of Michael Avenatti (Season 14 - Episode 1)

Michael Avenatti makes a splash as the litigator representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her dispute with Donald Trump...but it’s soon revealed that he has legal troubles of his own brewing.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 18 votes.

American Greed - S12E19

#4 - Baby-Faced Drug Lords (Season 12 - Episode 19)

Florida teenagers cash in on the opioid crisis, then they expand their operation, jeopardizing their lives of sex, drugs and money.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 21 votes.

American Greed - S13E16

#5 - Judgment of Terror (Season 13 - Episode 16)

When a judge in Texas is shot four times, a tip leads investigators to Chimene Onyeri, an aspiring Houston rap artist facing prison after his crooked plots are exposed.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 21 votes.

American Greed - S10E18

#6 - Diagnosis: Blood Money / Chicago Jailbreak (Season 10 - Episode 18)

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.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 14 votes.

American Greed - S13E6

#7 - The House Flipping Reality Star Fraudster (Season 13 - Episode 6)

Trash-talking reality star Scott Menaged ("Property Wars") buys up hundreds of foreclosures in Phoenix, then his money lender discovers that Menaged is a fraud, and the consequences are deadly.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 34 votes.

American Greed - S14E5

#8 - A Family Vanishes (Season 14 - Episode 5)

When all four members of the McStay family seemingly vanish into thin air, a yearslong quest for answers begins; a biker in the Mojave Desert finds the family members' bodies in shallow graves; a close friend of the family falls under suspicion.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 20 votes.

American Greed - S12E10

#9 - Florida Rehab Gone Wild (Season 12 - Episode 10)

Kenny Chatman runs a string of corrupt drug rehab facilities, stealing millions by keeping insured addicts hooked on drugs.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 23 votes.

American Greed - S6E12

#10 - The Tran Organization: Blackjack Cheaters (Season 6 - Episode 12)

Van Thu Tran is a sexy Vietnamese-American 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. Find out how the notorious Tran gang brings down the house!

The episode was rated 7.82 from 11 votes.

American Greed - S13E4
#11 - Prophets of Greed
Season 13 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
American Greed - S14E4
#12 - The Fall Of An Opioid Mogul
Season 14 - Episode 4

As the opioid epidemic destroys the lives of millions of Americans, billionaire drug mogul John Kapoor looks to cash in. His company, Insys, has its own brand of potentially deadly fentanyl.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
American Greed - S12E13
#13 - The Fake Housewife of Orange County
Season 12 - Episode 13

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.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
American Greed - S7E4
#14 - Deadly Payout
Season 7 - Episode 4

A trio of Texas con men scores $100 million, telling investors there's big money in the "life settlement" insurance biz. When the fraudsters fail to pay returns and keep the money for themselves, it all comes crashing down.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
American Greed - S12E14
#15 - Online Dating Trap
Season 12 - Episode 14

Daylon Pierce is a ladies' man who claims to be a licensed stockbroker, wooing unsuspecting women through Internet dating sites. But when they hand over millions of dollars to this "investment expert," he robs them blind, parties his way through their money and breaks their hearts.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
American Greed - S12E16
#16 - Just a Dollar and a Scheme; Lousy Landlord
Season 12 - Episode 16

An Iowa man rigs a $16.5 million lottery jackpot, triggering the biggest lottery scam in American history; notorious New York City landlord Steven Croman finds a new home in jail.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
American Greed - S16E12
#17 - The Spy Who Conned Me
Season 16 - Episode 12

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 operation for the CIA.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
American Greed - S4E6
#18 - Sholam Weiss
Season 4 - Episode 6

Sholam Weiss 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. But Weiss doesn’t hide in the shadows. He’s attracted to music, gambling and women. Are these the fatal attractions that will do him in? American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar con!

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
American Greed - S15E2
#19 - The Con in Congress
Season 15 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
American Greed - S12E3
#20 - Murderous Plot Meets Reality TV
Season 12 - Episode 3

When a sexy Florida former escort plots to take her husband's money and his life, her lover tips off the police and her deadly plan gets caught on tape.

The episode was rated from 27 votes.

Last updated: nov 10, 2022


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