Everyone wants to live the American dream, to be enterprising members of an economic system that guarantees everyone their just rewards based on what kind of effort you are willing to put in. For some people however, the American Dream seems too distant if achieved through genuine hard work and elbow grease which then results in them seeking other illegal means to generate wealth but dishonesty does not remain hidden for long as the law must prevail. Watch as some of the biggest crooks and conmen are exposed for who they truly are on American Greed.
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American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals The Falcon and the Con Man
Group founder and CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. is found clinging to death after an apparent suicide attempt. A signed confession by his side reveals an extraordinary fraud that he perpetrated for the past two decades stealing more than $200 million.
American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals Kenneth Starr: Naked Greed: Celebrity Scam Artist
An accountant to stars like Sylvester Stallone, Diane Sawyer, and Wesley Snipes, mismanages clients' money, pockets millions, and marries an exotic dancer.
American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals Tom Petters: Generous With Other People's Money
Minneapolis businessman Tom Petters buys big companies with other people's money. He earns double-digit profits for investors, saves thousands of jobs and makes himself rich in the process. The secret to his success? A 15-year Ponzi scheme.
American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals William Erpenback: Real Estate Home Wrecker
In 2002, the collapse of Erpenbeck wreaked financial havoc for area homebuyers, subcontractors and banks. Three company employees, including former president Bill Erpenbeck, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in the case.
American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals Galleon Group: The Insider - Raj Rajaratnam
Sex, lies, and insider trading. Galleon Group co-founder Raj Rajaratnam turns his hedge fund into one of the most profitable in the world, managing more than $7 billion in assets by creating one of the biggest insider trading schemes in U.S. history.
American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals Allen Stanford: The Dark Knight
Former billionaire Allen Stanford lived the high life in the Caribbean paradise of Antigua while running a 20-year Ponzi scheme to the tune of $7 billion. Burned investors rejoiced when his fraud was exposed and he was sentence to 110 years in prison.