Season 1

Hook, Line, and Sucker: American Greed 1 Case 1


Jonathan Ross Firestone - aka Barry Richard Hunt

An expert fisherman and master con artist. Hunt bilked investors throughout the country out of more than $3 million in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. (Source: Reno Police Department)

Dr. John Riedel/Investor

Dr. Riedel invested $140,000 with Barry Hunt, including money that, he says, should have been earmarked for his children's college funds. (Source: Kurtis Productions)

Elaine Nelson/Firestone's Girlfriend

Jonathan Firestone's girlfriend, Elaine Nelson, invested $15,000 with the con man. (Source: Kurtis Productions)

Detective Jay Brown/Reno, Nevada Police

Detective Jay Brown of the Reno, Nevada Police Department investigated a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Jonathan Ross Firestone, aka Barry Richard Hunt. (Source: Kurtis Productions)

Agent Marcus Knutson/FBI

FBI Agent Knutson worked with Detective Jay Brown of the Reno Police Department in leading an international manhunt for the con artist Jonathan Ross Firestone. (Source: Kurtis Productions)

Agent Thomas Ryan (Retired)/FBI

Retired FBI Agent Thomas Ryan investigated Barry Hunt's check kiting scheme in New Hampshire.(Source: Kurtis Productions)

Hunt's home office in Reno, Nevada

The "Tool Search" business was conducted here in Jonathan Firestone aka Barry Hunt's Reno, Nevada home office.(Source: Reno Police Department)

Evidence: Hard Drive

Reno Police searched the hard drive of this computer to uncover evidence of Jonathan Firestone aka Barry Hunt's Ponzi scheme. (Source: Reno Police Department)

Document: "Tool Search Prospectus"

Barry Hunt, using the alias Jonathan Firestone, touts the huge profits that will come from investing in "Tool Search," his phony company operating out of Reno, Nevada. (Source: Reno Police Department)

Document: "Tool Search" Contract

A typical contract in one of Firestone's schemes. (Source: Reno Police Department)

Document: "Tool Search" Feasibility

Firestone describes the growth potential of Tool Search. (Source: Reno Police Department)

Firestone "Most Wanted"

Jonathan Firestone aka Barry Hunt made the FBI's "Most Wanted" list after more than 20 years of criminal activity. (Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

"The Fisher of Men" in Florida (1998)

In December of 1998, Barry Hunt went on one of many fishing tours, this one in the Florida Keys. (Source: Reno Police Department)

Fishing Expedition (1999)

In 1999, Barry Hunt caught a big one on an expensive fishing expedition, paid for by the investors in his Ponzi scheme.

Hunt Sells Fishing Gear

Barry Hunt in the early 1980's in New Hampshire selling fishing gear under his legitimate company called Northern Electronics. (Source: Northern Bass Supply)

Mug Shot

Mug shot of Hunt upon his capture in 2004, after more than 15 years on the run. (Source: Marion County Sheriff’s Department)

US Department of Justice News Release (Partial)

The U.S. Department of Justice announces the conviction and sentence of Jonathan Firestone aka Barry Hunt. (Source: U.S Department of Justice - U.S. Attorney District of Nevada)