American Greed


Discover multi-million dollar scams that build unimaginable wealth. Go to places where devious frauds feed deviant desires. And witness the fatal flaws that bring criminals to justice.

American Greed takes you deep inside shocking true stories of brazen con artists who thrive on stealing fortunes, ruining and even taking lives. In-depth reporting exposes the devastating effects greed has on victims-, bringing you up -close to heartless villains living large on other people's life savings. How do these crooked masterminds defraud the wealthy, rip off their own families, and scam their friends?

On American Greed crime pays well, until the crooks get caught.

Some people will do ANYTHING for MONEY….with evil like this, no one is safe.

About Kurtis Productions

"American Greed" is produced for CNBC by the independent documentary production company Kurtis Productions, which was formed in Chicago in 1988 by broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis. Mr. Kurtis has narrated nearly 1,000 documentaries, including "The New Explorers" on PBS, "Cold Case Files" on A&E, and "Investigating History" on the History Channel, among many others. Kurtis Productions and its staff producers have been honored with some of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award and local and national Emmy awards.

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  • Mind games: how con artists hook us

    American Greed: A Closer Look | Con artists use basic but effective psychological tricks to convince us to trust them. Psychologist and author Maria Konnikova gives some insight into how scammers manipulate us into giving them exactly what they want. All New American Greed Mondays 10P ET/PT

  • How to conduct a do-it-yourself background check

    American Greed: A Closer Look | Oil trucking boss James Henrikson had two business associates killed when the relationships grew sour. If the two men had done some digging before going into business with him – they would have discovered that Henrikson had a criminal history. Private investigator Brian Willingham has some tips on the best ways to look into someone’s past. American Greed All New Mondays 10P ET/PT

  • Looking into a Corrupt Boss

    American Greed: A Closer Look | Con artist Troy Stratos scammed investors and employees out of over $40 million. If you think your boss is breaking the law, there are action steps you can take. All New American Greed Mondays 10P ET/PT

Stacy Keach

“American Greed” is narrated by stage, screen, and television actor Stacy Keach. He is best known for his portrayal of Detective Mike Hammer and his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Ernest Hemingway.

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