ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., January 11, 2011—Identity theft, credit card scams, counterfeiting…some people will do anything for money.

On Wednesday, January 19th at 10PM ET/PT, CNBC’s award-winning series “American Greed” returns for its fifth season taking viewers deep inside the dark side of the American Dream where crime pays well, until you get caught.

The fifth season begins with the shocking story of a bizarre double life. Wall Street wiz Stephen Trantel, is a husband, a father…and a bank robber. He was once a broker making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Manhattan trading pits. After a downturn, he’s fired from his trading job and Trantel embarks on a new career…. one of crime. His life—and the lives of those who love him—are changed forever.

The series is narrated by actor Stacy Keach and produced exclusively for CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, by Kurtis Productions.

“American Greed” premieres on CNBC on Wednesday, January 19th. The new season consists of 14 episodes airing Wednesdays at 10PM ET/PT.

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Charles Schaeffer is the Executive Producer of “American Greed” for CNBC. Jamie Corsi is the Coordinating Producer for CNBC. Mike West is the Executive Producer for Kurtis Productions and Carmen Jones is Project Manager. Ray Borelli is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Research, Scheduling and Long Form Programming.

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