» more from American Greed: Season 2

James Nichols

As a teenager, James Nichols was well spoken and good-looking. He had ambitions to become an L.A. cop. But, he was too young and instead became a security guard. That's when he met Robert Gomez. The two became fast friends and created a scam that took investors for a ride to the tune of more than $21 million! (Source: United States Postal Inspection Service)