The BEST Episodes of American Greed

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2021

Network: CNBC

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.

The Real Dr. Death

#1 - The Real Dr. Death

Season 14 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 1, 2021

A delusional, debt-ridden, and allegedly drug-dabbling spine surgeon maims and even kills patients in one botched surgery after another. It falls to two colleagues to step in where others won’t.

star 8.50
2 votes
Diagnosis: Temptress Health Scam

#2 - Diagnosis: Temptress Health Scam

Season 13 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.23
26 votes
Diagnosis: Blood Money / Chicago Jailbreak

#3 - Diagnosis: Blood Money / Chicago Jailbreak

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.07
15 votes
The Tran Organization: Blackjack Cheaters

#4 - The Tran Organization: Blackjack Cheaters

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired May 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!

star 8.00
13 votes
Psychic Fiend’s Network

#5 - Psychic Fiend’s Network

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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.

star 8.00
35 votes
The House Flipping Reality Star Fraudster

#6 - The House Flipping Reality Star Fraudster

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.00
30 votes
The Trials of Michael Avenatti

#7 - The Trials of Michael Avenatti

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Nightmare at NXIVM

#8 - Nightmare at NXIVM

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 25, 2021

Keith Raniere is a god-like figure in his mysterious organization NXIVM. Using his powers of persuasion along with classic multilevel marketing techniques, he amasses thousands of followers.

star 8.00
1 votes
Florida Rehab Gone Wild

#9 - Florida Rehab Gone Wild

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 2, 2018

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

star 7.86
22 votes
Online Dating Trap

#10 - Online Dating Trap

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.85
20 votes
Baby-Faced Drug Lords

#11 - Baby-Faced Drug Lords

Season 12 - Episode 19 - Aired Oct 8, 2018

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

star 7.85
20 votes
The Cash King

#12 - The Cash King

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 12, 2015

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.

star 7.83
24 votes
The Fake Housewife of Orange County

#13 - The Fake Housewife of Orange County

Season 12 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 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.

star 7.83
30 votes
Prophets of Greed

#14 - Prophets of Greed

Season 13 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.82
22 votes
Murderous Plot Meets Reality TV

#15 - Murderous Plot Meets Reality TV

Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.81
27 votes
The Bar Girls Trap

#16 - The Bar Girls Trap

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired May 19, 2016

Beautiful women with looks that kill are controlled by Russian gangsters to seduce amorous men in nightclubs out of their money and jewelry. It's a super expensive hangover.

star 7.80
44 votes
Judgment of Terror

#17 - Judgment of Terror

Season 13 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 9, 2020

star 7.79
19 votes
Seattle Roasted / The Stealing Socialite

#18 - Seattle Roasted / The Stealing Socialite

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 8, 2016

Darren Berg of Seattle scams several investors, procuring himself two yachts, a private jet and a lakeside mansion; New York socialite Dina Wein Reis executes a grey market selling scam.

star 7.77
31 votes
Crash for Cash

#19 - Crash for Cash

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.77
13 votes
Just a Dollar and a Scheme; Lousy Landlord

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

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.76
17 votes
The Fast and the Fraudulent

#21 - The Fast and the Fraudulent

Season 13 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 20, 2020

DescriptionPayday loan scam mastermind, Scott Tucker, swindles millions of cash-strapped borrowers with his convenient online loan business and uses the profits to fuel his race car team dreams.

star 7.72
18 votes
Sholam Weiss

#22 - Sholam Weiss

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 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!

star 7.71
14 votes
$1.2 Billion Scam: Ft. Frauderdale

#23 - $1.2 Billion Scam: Ft. Frauderdale

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 23, 2011

Scott Rothstein is a Ft. Lauderdale attorney making millions. He’s the life of the party, a guy who wants the world to love him. But Rothstein is secretly a criminal mastermind. American Greed reveals the story behind the largest Ponzi scheme in Florida history!

star 7.71
14 votes
The Bad Neighbors

#24 - The Bad Neighbors

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 4, 2016

A neighborhood ice cream parlor in West Roxbury, Mass., lands the Palladino family in a major case of fraud.

star 7.70
37 votes
Scams on Film; God and Gold

#25 - Scams on Film; God and Gold

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired Oct 1, 2018

Fraudster John Rogers builds one of the most impressive photo archives in the world until his partner rats him out; while Larry Bates preaches about salvation through precious metals, his clients wind up investing in "fool's gold."

star 7.70
20 votes