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Episode 22: Strippers and Insider Trading | Economan: Superthief

Case File

Case 1: A Scam Exposed: Strippers and Inside Trading

  • The Traders
  • Young and ambitious. Eugene Plotkin and David Pajcin become fast friends while beginning their careers as traders. They are making good money... but they want something more and crave excitement.
  • The Con
  • The partners in crime are on a quest for easy money. The boys have an idea. A scheme to pull in millions... an inside source with secret information on mergers and acquisitions. Eugene and David cash in on deals about to go public. But, someone is watching.
  • The Fall
  • Making millions overnight attracts attention. The Securities and Exchange Commission is hot on the trail. The traders have made millions. But, David has one more deal to make... a plan to rat out his partners.

Case 2: Economan: Superthief

  • Home-Grown Financial Guru
  • Long before he was known as the man who swindled millions, Al Parish gained fame in Charleston, SC as a financial wizard. He was a local celebrity. A regular guy on the local news. A trusted expert of all things financial.
  • The Profit
  • Parish is getting rich quick... and it shows. He makes millions and spends millions. His clients rave about the financial wizard posting incredible 30% returns. Al Parish is a godsend... but Parish is about to fall from grace.
  • The Fraud
  • By 2007, 600 investors have signed on with Parish. But a routine S-E-C check raises a flag. Suspicions mount. Is Parish's $134 million investment program a fraud? Parish is feeling the heat... but has nowhere to run!

Web Extras

  • "A Scam Exposed: Strippers and Insider Trading" Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 3:29 PM ET
    A shocking scheme to use strippers to solicit information from Wall Street bankers. Another plan to steal secrets and cash in on stock that's about to soar. Two young traders, David Pajcin and Eugene Plotkin, are the masterminds behind a complex Wall Street con."" premieres Wednesday, February 18th at 9p | 1a ET.

    A shocking scheme to use strippers to solicit information from Wall Street bankers. Two young traders, David Pajcin and Eugene Plotkin, are the masterminds behind a complex Wall Street con.

  • Big Screen Con     Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Eugene Plotkin and David Pajcin spent $50,000 producing this independent film, which ironically mirrored their own shenanigans.

  • "Economan: Superthief" Evidence Files Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 4:24 PM ET
    Al Parish: economics professor, trusted advisor. He gains fame in Charleston, SC as a homegrown financial guru and local celebrity. But the self-proclaimed "Economan" is the suspected mastermind behind an $80 million investment scam."" premieres Wednesday, February 18th at 9p | 1a ET.

    Al Parish: the self-proclaimed “Economan” is the suspected mastermind behind an $80 million investment scam. Click to learn more.

  • What Al Parish Bought     Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    Disney cells, clown paintings, expensive jewelry and garden gnomes are only some of the things Al Parish spent his investors' money on.

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