Episode 39: Fool's Gold

Case File

Fool's Gold

  • The Conman
  • To some, he's an elusive Nigerian businessman. To others, Dr. Henry Jones is an amateur pop music kingmaker and CEO of his own entertainment company. Jones shoots lavish videos around the world and spends millions of dollars on young, sexy, winnable pop stars. But, where is the money coming from?
  • Double Life
  • Jones says he maintains close ties to world leaders... and big money. He claims to broker a secret deal -- a transaction of 20-thousand tons of gold. Jones needs investors. He partners with two men trying to raise cash for Tri Energy, a clean burning coal venture. Will Jones make their financial dreams come true?
  • All That Glitters
  • Investors sign up for the golden opportunity. Millions are raised. But, Jones takes most of it. He spends it on his female singers, giving them clothes, jewelry and even a Ferrari. Investors become suspicious and Jones begins to lose his luster.
  • The Scam
  • Dr. Henry Jones is running a Ponzi scheme. Before it's over, he'll bring in more than $32 million dollars. How long will it take the authorities to track him down and bring him to justice?

Web Extras

  • American Greed: Fool's Gold     Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 12:02 AM ET

    He's a philanthropist, diplomat and international man of mystery. Dr. Henry Jones promises to get investors in on a secret gold deal. But Dr. Jones is leading a double life --- a life unknown even to his partners in crime.

  • Famous Family Business Feuds Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 8:51 AM ET
    The old adage says to never do business with family. Whether negative personal feelings seep into business dealings or vice versa, keeping business and personal matters separate has almost always proven difficult, but especially when it comes to family. And when the business is large, the disputes tend to be as well. And so does the publicity.Here, we look at some of the most famous family business feuds of the last century. From the break up to the make up and everything inbetween, click ahead

    Here, we look at some of the most famous family business feuds of the last century. From the break up to the make up, and everything in between.

  • American Greed: Gold Scam     Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Henry Jones portrays himself as a diplomat and businessman. He claims to broker a transaction involving 20-thousand tons of gold. But Jones is a con-man running a multi-million-dollar scam. Assistant United States Attorney Ruth Pinkel explains how the government disproved Henry Jones¿s gold deal in court.

  • The Tri-Energy Conference Call Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    Listen to a Tri-Energy conference call, as Henry Jones and Art Simburg deceive investors.

  • The Transcript Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    Read the transcript from one of Tri Energy’s investor conference calls. (Source: Public Domain)

  • Investor's Document Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    Examine the fraudulent investor documents. (Source: Public Domain)

American Greed Showtimes

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Wednesday, August 27th 10pm ET/PT
Deadly Payout- AG #71
Wednesday, August 27th 11pm ET/PT
The Wealth Builder Club- AG #69
Wednesday, August 27th 12am ET/PT
Talk Radio Takedown- AG #76
Wednesday, August 27th 1am ET/PT
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