The BEST episodes of American Greed

Every episode of American Greed ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of American Greed!

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.

Last Updated: 2/10/2024Network: CNBCStatus: Continuing
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Diagnosis: Temptress Health Scam
star
8.14
29 votes

#1 - Diagnosis: Temptress Health Scam

Season 13 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/13/2020

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.

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Psychic Fiend’s Network
star
8.00
36 votes

#2 - Psychic Fiend’s Network

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/12/2016

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

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Judgment of Terror
star
8.00
22 votes

#3 - Judgment of Terror

Season 13 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/9/2020

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Baby-Faced Drug Lords
star
7.95
21 votes

#4 - Baby-Faced Drug Lords

Season 12 - Episode 19 - Aired 10/8/2018

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

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A Family Vanishes
star
7.95
21 votes

#5 - A Family Vanishes

Season 14 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/15/2021

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.

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The Tran Organization: Blackjack Cheaters
star
7.92
13 votes

#6 - The Tran Organization: Blackjack Cheaters

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/30/2012

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 Trials of Michael Avenatti
star
7.90
21 votes

#7 - The Trials of Michael Avenatti

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/18/2021

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.

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The Fall Of An Opioid Mogul
star
7.88
17 votes

#8 - The Fall Of An Opioid Mogul

Season 14 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/8/2021

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.

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Sholam Weiss
star
7.87
15 votes

#9 - Sholam Weiss

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/24/2010

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 Mad Max of Wall Street
star
7.86
14 votes

#10 - The Mad Max of Wall Street

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/10/2010

Anthony Elgindy. He's young, self-assured... and loaded. He claims to be a crusader, fighting fraud on Wall Street. But, this so-called good guy is running an insider trading scam... and his partner is a crooked FBI agent. American Greed profiles "The Mad Max of Wall Street!"

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The House Flipping Reality Star Fraudster
star
7.85
39 votes

#11 - The House Flipping Reality Star Fraudster

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/16/2019

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.

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The Fake Housewife of Orange County
star
7.84
32 votes

#12 - The Fake Housewife of Orange County

Season 12 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/27/2018

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.

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Florida Rehab Gone Wild
star
7.83
24 votes

#13 - Florida Rehab Gone Wild

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/2/2018

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

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Diagnosis: Blood Money / Chicago Jailbreak
star
7.81
16 votes

#14 - Diagnosis: Blood Money / Chicago Jailbreak

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/15/2016

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.

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Black Market Dirty Gold
star
7.81
31 votes

#15 - Black Market Dirty Gold

Season 13 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/9/2019

Three Miami salesmen import billions of dollars worth of the precious metal from South America then later learn the gold has connections to drug cartels and organized crime.

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Prophets of Greed
star
7.80
25 votes

#16 - Prophets of Greed

Season 13 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/2/2019

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.

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Bextra / The Foreclosure Scammer
star
7.79
14 votes

#17 - Bextra / The Foreclosure Scammer

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/7/2010

(1) Pfizer designs Bextra, a painkiller, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the use of Bextra. Pfizer, using shady and strong-arm tactics, distribute the pill outside of FDA regulations... and the law. (2) Jeanetta Standefor offers a way to help troubled homeowners... and make some extra money on the side. In truth, she's just using investor money to pay off older investors, and pocketing what's left for herself.

A Glamorous Showbiz Lie
star
7.77
31 votes

#18 - A Glamorous Showbiz Lie

Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/10/2017

A man convinces people that he is a movie producer and money management professional while collecting millions to promote his own image.

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Crash for Cash
star
7.77
13 votes

#19 - Crash for Cash

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 6/27/2012

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.

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Murderous Plot Meets Reality TV
star
7.75
28 votes

#20 - Murderous Plot Meets Reality TV

Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/12/2018

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.

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The Kingpin Next Door
star
7.75
16 votes

#21 - The Kingpin Next Door

Season 15 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/2/2022

The story of a suburban Eagle Scout turned Dark Web drug lord; Aaron Shamo launches a new type of American drug ring, recruiting other Utah millennials to help him manufacture deadly counterfeit opioids and sell them online.

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Online Dating Trap
star
7.75
24 votes

#22 - Online Dating Trap

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/3/2018

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.

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Just a Dollar and a Scheme; Lousy Landlord
star
7.74
19 votes

#23 - Just a Dollar and a Scheme; Lousy Landlord

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired 9/17/2018

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.

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Hackers: Operation Get Rich or Die Tryin'
star
7.73
15 votes

#24 - Hackers: Operation Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/9/2011

A mysterious ring of social outcasts. Albert Gonzalez leads a gang with an insatiable appetite for sex, drugs…and your encrypted information. They steal credit card numbers and make a fortune by selling them on the black market. But the multi-million dollar scam has deadly consequences. American Greed profiles the most cunning cyber crook in American history!

Dangerous Luxury
star
7.73
26 votes

#25 - Dangerous Luxury

Season 12 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/16/2018

Vitaly Borker scores $18 million selling designer knock-off eyewear as genuine from his website in Brooklyn, N.Y.; when customers complain, they are threatened with violence, even murder.

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