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Episode 7: The Martin Frankel Case

Case File

The Martin Frankel Case

  • The Deception
  • He's a con man. A mystery man. A self-taught stock broker who lured victims into fraudulent schemes. He called himself a "financial genius." Martin Frankel swindled investors out of $200 million dollars.
  • The Harem
  • Frankel sets up headquarters and a harem in a Connecticut mansion. He lures beautiful young women. Police say it's a den of prostitution, S&M and death.
  • The Capture
  • It took a worldwide manhunt to track him down. The story of his crimes and the agents who brought him to justice, only on American Greed.

Web Extras

  • The Martin Frankel Evidence Files Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    He's a con man. A mystery man. A self-taught stock broker who lured victims into fraudulent schemes. He called himself a "financial genius." Martin Frankel swindled investors out of $200 million dollars.

  • The Harem     Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 7:00 PM ET

    Hear more from Ellen Joan Pollock discussing how Martin Frankel was trying to build the perfect harem.

  • Undercover Video     Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 7:00 PM ET

    FBI undercover video of Martin Frankelâ??s Greenwich, CT. mansion.

  • A Tale of Financial Fraud, Pt. 3     Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM ET

    What Martin Frankel has in mind is theft, plain and simple...

  • NBC News Coverage of Martin Frankel     Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 7:00 PM ET

    NBC News coverage of the Martin Frankel case after he fled the United States.

  • Martin Frankel’s “To Do” List Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 8:52 AM ET

    In May of 1999, FBI investigators found a partially burned “to do” list inside Frankel’s abandoned Greenwich, Connecticut mansion. The number one item on the list: “Launder Money.” The FBI agent on the scene said it was “a nice clue.”

  • Frankel’s Passport Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    Eric Stevens was one of several of Martin Frankel’s aliases. Each identity had its own fraudulent passport.

  • Plaintiff Exhibit # 19 Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    Investors in Toledo, Ohio think Martin Frankel is a stock market guru. Their returns on investment in the “Frankel Fund” are outstanding -- or so Martin Frankel claims. This document was part of the evidence the Securities and Exchange Commission used to ban Frankel from the financial services industry.

  • Colagiovanni's Affidavit Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    When his insurance scheme started to unravel, Martin Frankel created a bogus Catholic charity, which he claimed was going to take over his companies. This affidavit, signed by an Italian priest, states that the Vatican pledged more than $1 billion to Frankel’s fake charity. The claim was totally false.

  • Fund Progress Record Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    Martin Frankel ran two fraudulent investment schemes, both of which claimed outrageous returns. In this flyer touting Frankel’s Creative Partners Fund, he claims that his fund is so successful there’s “Never a Down Month.”

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