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86. The Wagon (Richard Scrushy)
The charismatic CEO of HealthSouth stands trial for a $2.8 billion accounting fraud. Prelude: Don Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama, becomes a political target.
01:00:31
September 17, 2022
VN4VL: Game is Afoot
In this episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, Nicholas Alahverdian racks up new charges while trying to delay his extradition, Martin Shkreli is looking for love, Kwame crowdfunds a house, Samantha Azzopardi continues to be Samantha Azzopardi, and more. Plus, A Concerned Citizen reads listener mail! Fun!
45:45
September 02, 2022
85. The Creamery (Blue Bell)
A beloved ice cream brand issues a recall when its products are linked to a listeria outbreak. Prelude: Big Olaf Creamery in Sarasota, Florida, continues to sell tainted ice cream while under investigation.
48:27
August 22, 2022
BONUS 33: The Coroner (Shannon Kent)
A county coroner in Colorado and his wife are arrested after their funeral homes are searched.
15:15
August 12, 2022
84. The Body Broker (Megan Hess)
A funeral director in a small town in Colorado is accused of selling human body parts. Prelude: A raid on Arthur Rathburn's body brokering business in Detroit leads to arrests in Phoenix and Chicago.
01:02:55
August 07, 2022
BONUS 32: The Imaginary Target (Denis Molla)
A Trump-supporting family in suburban Minneapolis is targeted in a politically-motivated attack.
12:55
July 15, 2022
BONUS 31: The Mark (Elisah Spencer)
A wrestling fan tries to settle a personal beef with WWE superstar Seth Rollins in front of a live audience.
16:01
July 14, 2022
83. The Troubadour (Mark Leonard)
A former exotic dancer and his girlfriend are questioned when a house explodes in the Richmond Hill subdivision in Indianapolis.  Prelude: A massive explosion in downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 people.
01:03:03
July 05, 2022
82. The Perfect Trigger (Remington Arms)
America's oldest gun manufacturer denies that its most popular product is defective and dangerous. Prelude: A deadly toy gun is recalled by Family Dollar.
01:05:01
June 21, 2022
81. The Crusader (Nicholas Alahverdian)
The untimely death of an outspoken advocate for foster children reveals his despicable double life. Prelude: A tragedy occurs after a woman in Rhode Island adopts eight children with developmental issues.
01:15:17
June 05, 2022
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02:00
June 02, 2022
BONUS 30: The Funky Munky (Tim Vasquez)
The police chief of San Angelo, Texas, is charged with accepting bribes through his musical hobby.
19:38
May 28, 2022
80. The Standoff (Ed & Elaine Brown)
After refusing to pay taxes, a New Hampshire couple engages in a months-long standoff with federal authorities. Prelude: The Montana Freemen perpetrate a massive fraud scheme under the guise of sovereignty.
01:13:22
May 24, 2022
VN4VL: Me Hate Greed
In this episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, A Concerned Citizen answers more listener questions and reads Sarma Melngailis’ graphic, unsent letter to Anthony Strangis. Also, updates on Anthony Todt’s murder trial, Candace Clark’s recent activities, Eddie Tipton’s parole rescission, and the tragic death of Tyre Sampson.
01:13:38
May 13, 2022
79. The Rockefeller (Christian Gerhartsreiter)
A lifelong impostor is accused of murdering a couple in California and kidnapping his daughter. Prelude: Chris Rockefeller is revealed to be French con artist Christophe Rocancourt.
56:04
May 09, 2022
VIDEO: The Verrückt (Schlitterbahn)
The quest to build the world's tallest water slide ends in tragedy. Prelude: A 14-year-old boy dies after falling from an amusement ride in Florida.
01:04:20
April 18, 2022
78. The Verrückt (Schlitterbahn)
The quest to build the world's tallest water slide ends in tragedy. Prelude: A 14-year-old boy dies after falling from an amusement ride in Florida.
01:05:17
April 18, 2022
77. The Pioneer (uBiome)
A revolutionary microbiome testing company often described as "the 23andMe of poop" is accused of illegal billing practices. Prelude: A former music pirate transitions to a healthcare fraud scheme.
50:17
April 04, 2022
VIDEO: The Vegan (Sarma Melngailis)
A popular vegan restaurant is destroyed when its beloved owner falls for the wrong man. Prelude: The PlantLab culinary academy cancels classes after the CEO disappears.
59:48
March 17, 2022
76. The Vegan (Sarma Melngailis)
A popular vegan restaurant is destroyed when its beloved owner falls for the wrong man. Prelude: The PlantLab culinary academy cancels classes after the CEO disappears.
01:01:06
March 17, 2022
VN4VL: Synergy
In this episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, A Concerned Citizen provides updates on Simon Leviev, Rita Crundwell, Anna Delvey, and more. Plus, a voicemail Q&A!
44:05
February 19, 2022
BONUS 29: The Money Doctor (W. Neil Gallagher)
A prominent North Texas radio personality targets senior citizens with a Ponzi scheme.
17:17
January 13, 2022
VIDEO: The Healer (Michael Guglielmucci)
A popular Australian preacher/songwriter confesses to living a lie.
17:06
December 18, 2021
BONUS 28: The Healer (Michael Guglielmucci)
A popular Australian preacher/songwriter confesses to living a lie.
17:12
December 17, 2021
75. The Explosion (Port of Beirut Disaster)
A massive explosion in Lebanon's capital city is revealed to be a symptom of a corrupt system. Prelude: A fertilizer plant explosion destroys the small town of West, Texas.
01:01:17
December 07, 2021
74. The OB/GYN (Javaid Perwaiz)
An anonymous tip leads to the arrest of a beloved gynecologist in Chesapeake, Virginia. Prelude: Dr. Roger Beyer is investigated for improperly reusing a rectal pressure device.
54:47
November 12, 2021
BONUS 27: The Test (Brandy Murrah)
Parents in Alabama lose custody of their children when the owner of a testing lab forges drug screening results.
11:28
November 04, 2021
73. The Salesman (William J. McCorkle)
A charismatic real estate guru builds a fortune with infomercials. Prelude: Charles J. Givens sells financial advice to a susceptible audience.
44:17
October 26, 2021
72. The Killdozer (Marvin Heemeyer)
A muffler shop owner exacts revenge over a zoning dispute in the mountain town of Granby, Colorado. Prelude: Tom Leask makes a violent statement against a small-town government.
53:10
October 13, 2021
VIDEO: The Inferno (The Station nightclub fire)
Incompetence and negligence lead to a devastating loss of life at a concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Prelude: A fight in the E2 nightclub in Chicago triggers a deadly stampede.
01:12:57
September 29, 2021
71. The Inferno (The Station nightclub fire)
Incompetence and negligence lead to a devastating loss of life at a concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Prelude: A fight in the E2 nightclub in Chicago triggers a deadly stampede.
01:13:42
September 29, 2021
70. The Outbreak (Peanut Corporation of America)
A Virginia-based peanut processing company unleashes one of the most massive and lethal food-borne contamination events in United States history. Prelude: The Jensen brothers are charged with crimes after a deadly listeria outbreak.
51:47
September 13, 2021
69. The Scheme (Bernie Madoff)
A Wall Street tycoon's money management firm is revealed to be the world's largest Ponzi scheme. Prelude: Samuel Israel III disappears after his hedge fund collapses.
01:16:04
August 30, 2021
VIDEO: The Pink Slime (Beef Products Inc.)
A viral ABC news report destroys the Lean Finely Textured Beef industry.
14:08
August 05, 2021
BONUS 26: The Pink Slime (Beef Products Inc.)
A viral ABC news report destroys the Lean Finely Textured Beef industry.
14:17
August 04, 2021
VIDEO: The Beach House Sheriff (Todd Entrekin)
A sheriff in Alabama uses the inmate food budget to purchase personal property.
26:50
August 03, 2021
BONUS 25: The Beach House Sheriff (Todd Entrekin)
A sheriff in Alabama uses the inmate food budget to purchase personal property.
29:09
August 02, 2021
68. The Ghost Writer (Anthony Godby Johnson)
A critically ill teenager writes a best-selling book about his abusive childhood. Prelude: New Horizons Youth Ministry opens a child reform program overseas.
55:13
July 19, 2021
67. The Patriarch (Anthony Todt)
In Celebration, Florida, a family disappears in the wake of the father's physical therapy insurance scam. Prelude: John Chairmonte attempts to burn down his own home.
43:25
July 05, 2021
VN4VL: Kwame's Resurrection
In this episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, A Concerned Citizen provides updates on Kwame Kilpatrick, Anna Delvey, Simon Leviev, and more.
30:00
June 27, 2021
VIDEO: The Brand (Procter & Gamble)
A multinational consumer goods corporation finds itself mired in controversy. Prelude: The Fenholloway River is classified as an "industrial waterway."
01:06:40
June 21, 2021
66. The Brand (Procter & Gamble)
A multinational consumer goods corporation finds itself mired in controversy. Prelude: The Fenholloway River is classified as an "industrial waterway."
01:07:12
June 21, 2021
65. The Bakery (Sandy Jenkins)
A corporate accountant lives luxuriously by embezzling millions from a family-owned bakery. Prelude: Alvin Kennard is sentenced to life in prison on a non-violent robbery charge.
42:36
June 07, 2021
64. The Ivy Leaguer (Esther Reed)
An intelligent imposter steals the identity of a missing woman to con her way into Columbia University. Prelude: James Arthur Hogue's compulsion leads to a life of crime.
46:02
May 24, 2021
63. The Bishop (John P. Tomkins)
An unknown entity attempts to manipulate the stock prices of two companies by mailing threats to investment firms. Prelude: Luke Helder places pipe bombs in mailboxes across the Midwest.
46:23
May 10, 2021
62. The Well (Walkerton E. coli outbreak)
Unprecedented rainfall in a small Ontario township leads to a public health disaster. Prelude: Thousands fall ill after attending the Washington County Fair in New York.
53:18
April 26, 2021
VIDEO: The Atheist (Madalyn Murray O'Hair)
An infamous First Amendment activist becomes the "most hated woman in America" and then mysteriously disappears. Prelude: The constitutionality of state-sponsored prayer in public schools is challenged in the United States Supreme Court.
01:07:32
April 12, 2021
61. The Atheist (Madalyn Murray O'Hair)
An infamous First Amendment activist becomes the "most hated woman in America" and then mysteriously disappears. Prelude: The constitutionality of state-sponsored prayer in public schools is challenged in the United States Supreme Court.
01:08:17
April 12, 2021
VIDEO: The Hero (Candace Clark)
The State of Illinois' newly appointed Director of Special Investigations is exposed as a lifelong con artist and notorious property squatter.
20:31
March 09, 2021
BONUS 24: The Hero (Candace Clark)
The State of Illinois' newly appointed Director of Special Investigations is exposed as a lifelong con artist and notorious property squatter.
20:12
March 08, 2021
BONUS 23: The Chemical (Film Recovery Systems)
Executives of an Elk Grove Village, Illinois corporation are charged with murder when an employee dies from cyanide poisoning.
20:01
March 06, 2021
BONUS 22: The Pigeon King (Alan Galbraith)
A Canadian man's visionary idea involving pigeons proves to be unsustainable.
19:55
February 14, 2021
VN4VL: Hunting for Love & Treasure
In this episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, A Concerned Citizen provides updates on Forrest Fenn's treasure hunt and Martin Shkreli's love life. Also, eulogies for John Chardon, The Amazing James Randi, and Bob Murray.
30:00
January 01, 2021
VIDEO: The Chili (Anna Ayala)
A woman's litigious history and fraudulent acts are revealed after a severed finger is found in a bowl of Wendy's chili.
20:52
December 25, 2020
BONUS 21: The Chili (Anna Ayala)
A woman's litigious history and fraudulent acts are revealed after a severed finger is found in a bowl of Wendy's chili.
20:46
December 24, 2020
BONUS 20: The Birthday Party (Gary Milby)
An elaborate fraud scheme is revealed after a successful Kentucky businessman's daughter is featured on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16."
20:02
December 05, 2020
VIDEO: The Spill (Deepwater Horizon)
An explosion on a deepwater drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico leads to the largest oil spill in United States history. Prelude: More than 3.4 million barrels of crude oil leak into the ocean after an accident at the Ixtoc I well.
55:02
November 24, 2020
60. The Spill (Deepwater Horizon)
An explosion on a deepwater drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico leads to the largest oil spill in United States history. Prelude: More than 3.4 million barrels of crude oil leak into the ocean after an accident at the Ixtoc I well.
55:23
November 23, 2020
59. The Downfall (Marcus Schrenker)
The president and chief executive of an Indianapolis wealth management company takes drastic measures to avoid prosecution. Prelude: A Long Island man's plan to escape his debts backfires.
44:11
November 09, 2020
VIDEO: The Pitchman (Don Lapre)
A multi-level marketing salesman advertises his get-rich-quick schemes on television and becomes the "King of Infomercials." Prelude: The founder of a nutrition company is suspected in the mysterious death of his wife.
48:41
October 26, 2020
58. The Pitchman (Don Lapre)
A multi-level marketing salesman advertises his get-rich-quick schemes on television and becomes the "King of Infomercials." Prelude: The founder of a nutrition company is suspected in the mysterious death of his wife.
48:05
October 26, 2020
VIDEO: The Saint (Mother Teresa)
Critics and former volunteers reveal the disturbing details of a Catholic nun's international mission to help the "poorest of the poor." Prelude: A six-year-old boy's journey to Heaven becomes a best-selling book.
51:16
October 12, 2020
57. The Saint (Mother Teresa)
Critics and former volunteers reveal the disturbing details of a Catholic nun's international mission to help the "poorest of the poor." Prelude: A six-year-old boy's journey to Heaven becomes a best-selling book.
51:21
October 12, 2020
56. The Space Program (Challenger Disaster)
The organizational culture of the United States space program leads to one of the deadliest disasters in aeronautics history. Prelude: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov embarks on a doomed mission to space.
51:12
September 28, 2020
55. The I.M.O.M. (Peter Foster)
An Australian con artist is arrested on multiple continents while indulging in "millions, models, and mayhem". Prelude: Novy Chardon disappears amid a divorce dispute with her millionaire husband.
44:00
September 13, 2020
54. The Barefoot Bandit (Colton Harris Moore)
A teenager from the Pacific Northwest embarks on an international burglary spree. Prelude: Joshua Paul Calhoun becomes the East Texas "Superthief."
51:00
August 31, 2020
VIDEO: The Sweepstakes (Pepsi Number Fever)
A soda company's botched promotional game leads to unrest in the Philippines.
17:11
August 20, 2020
BONUS 19: The Sweepstakes (Pepsi Number Fever)
A soda company's botched promotional game leads to unrest in the Philippines.
19:44
August 19, 2020
VIDEO: The Treatment (Bayer AG)
A multinational pharmaceutical company with a dark past (Bayer AG) becomes the central figure of a contaminated blood product crisis. Prelude: Ryan White is banned from school after contracting HIV.
48:20
August 17, 2020
53. The Treatment (Bayer AG)
A multinational pharmaceutical company with a dark past becomes the central figure of a contaminated blood product crisis. Prelude: Ryan White is banned from school after contracting HIV.
49:03
August 17, 2020
52. The Referee (Tim Donaghy)
A professional basketball referee uses his knowledge of the inner workings of the league to place bets on the games. Prelude: Joe Gagliano recruits Arizona State University's star basketball player to participate in a point-shaving scandal.
52:15
August 03, 2020
VIDEO: The Vigilante (Pat Johnson)
A towing industry watchdog patrols the streets of Austin, Texas in search of a serial rock thrower. Prelude: Joe Stack exacts revenge against the Internal Revenue Service.
49:50
July 20, 2020
51. The Vigilante (Pat Johnson)
A towing industry watchdog patrols the streets of Austin, Texas in search of a serial rock thrower. Prelude: Joe Stack exacts revenge against the Internal Revenue Service.
50:05
July 20, 2020
VIDEO: The Octopus (United Fruit Company)
One of the largest and most recognizable banana companies in the world (currently known as Chiquita) has an exploitative and bloody history in Central America. Prelude: An American banana company (Dole) continues to use a pesticide in Central America after it is banned in the United States.
58:18
July 06, 2020
50. The Octopus (United Fruit Company)
One of the largest and most recognizable banana companies in the world has an exploitative and bloody history in Central America. Prelude: An American banana company continues to use a pesticide in Central America after it is banned in the United States.
58:35
July 06, 2020
49. The Genius (Martin Frankel)
A sex-obsessed stockbroker uses astrology when conducting a series of investment frauds. Prelude: Tommy Quinn's life of crime.
58:30
June 22, 2020
48. The Grant (Scott Westerhuis)
The suspect administration of an education grant in South Dakota leads to tragedy. Prelude: Steven Sueppel discovers an easy way out after being charged for embezzlement.
01:01:45
June 08, 2020
VN4VL: Coronamania
In this episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, A Concerned Citizen provides updates on Rita Crundwell, Kwame Kilpatrick, Billy McFarland, Martin Shkreli, Doug Pielsticker, and others before reading some hate mail.
28:42
June 02, 2020
VIDEO: The Pope (Dan Johnson)
The lies and crimes of a Kentucky pastor-turned-politician are revealed in an investigative report. Prelude: A Louisville city councilman's career in politics ends following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
01:15:29
May 25, 2020
47. The Pope (Dan Johnson)
The lies and crimes of a Kentucky pastor turned politician are revealed in an investigative report. A Louisville city councilman's career in politics ends following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
01:16:01
May 25, 2020
46. The Gamechanger (Belle Gibson)
A young Australian woman becomes a health and wellness guru after defeating terminal brain cancer through diet, exercise, and alternative therapies. Prelude: Jess Ainscough transforms into 'The Wellness Warrior' following a rare cancer diagnosis.
01:13:59
May 11, 2020
BONUS 18: The Developer (Shannon Egeland)
The co-founder of an Oregon real estate development company takes drastic measures to avoid prison.
14:04
March 18, 2020
VN4VL: Democracy Manifest
In the inaugural episode of Swindled's Valuable News for ValuedListeners™, A Concerned Citizen provides updates on Eddie Tipton, Anna Delvey, the Tinder Swindler, Maria Exposto, and more. A viral video mystery has been solved, and VNV4L music correspondent Pete Schank travels to London to witness Jered "Threatin" Eames' return to the stage.
28:52
March 11, 2020
BONUS 17: The Neighbor (Carla Jones)
A friendly neighbor volunteers to help the family of a 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed with cancer.
09:30
March 04, 2020
VIDEO: The Switch (Flint Water Crisis)
A cost-cutting decision to switch municipal water sources leads to a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Prelude: The discovery and response to the lead contamination of Washington, D.C. drinking water.
01:04:19
January 28, 2020
45. The Switch (Flint Water Crisis)
A cost-cutting decision to switch municipal water sources leads to a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Prelude: The discovery and response to the lead contamination of Washington, D.C. drinking water.
01:09:57
January 26, 2020
44. The Raid (Agriprocessors)
An immigration raid at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa uncovers financial crimes committed by the company's CEO, Sholom Rubashkin. Prelude: Thirteen hundred undocumented workers are arrested during a coordinated raid of six Swift & Co. meatpacking facilities.
53:11
January 12, 2020
43. The Sultan (Anthony Gignac)
A lifelong con artist impersonates a Saudi Arabian prince to live a life of luxury. Prelude: Thomas Noe manages the State of Ohio's $50 million rare coin investment.
49:20
December 22, 2019
42. The Revenger (Hunter Moore)
A middle school dropout embraces his role as "the most hated man on the Internet" after creating a notorious "revenge porn" website called Is Anyone Up. Prelude: Kevin Bollaert becomes the first person convicted under California's revenge porn law.
55:42
December 08, 2019
41. The GPO Girl (Samantha Azzopardi)
Australia's "most notorious con-woman" adopts multiple aliases to commit crimes around the world. Prelude: Jerry Joseph leaves Haiti to become a high school basketball star in a small, west Texas town.
53:00
November 24, 2019
BONUS 16: The Puppeteer (Natalia Burgess)
An impostor in New Zealand manipulates young men and women with manufactured digital personas.
12:00
November 15, 2019
40. The Mine (Crandall Canyon Mine)
A coal mining disaster in Utah places the mine's owner in the media spotlight. Prelude: The Sago Mine disaster leads to renewed scrutiny on mine safety.
59:43
November 10, 2019
39. The Madam (Deborah Jeane Palfrey)
The owner of a Washington D.C. escort agency loses everything after becoming the subject of a federal investigation. Prelude: Kristin M. Davis, the Manhattan Madam, runs for office after spending time in prison.
53:05
October 27, 2019
38. The Family Business (Doug Pielsticker)
A successful trucking company is destroyed after it is inherited by the boss' greedy son. Prelude: Hundreds of Falcon Transport employees are blindsided by the company's sudden closure.
49:32
October 13, 2019
BONUS 15: The Bookkeeper (Kim Williams)
Missing money at a nonprofit organization leads to a violent attack on the executive that uncovers the truth.
13:14
October 07, 2019
37. The Survivor (Tania Head)
A Spanish woman becomes the president of a survivors group in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Prelude: Fred Parisi, a New York City police officer, creates a foundation to support 9/11 first responders.
52:44
September 28, 2019
36. The Fundraiser (Johnny Bobbitt Jr.)
A New Jersey couple raises money on GoFundMe to repay a homeless man for his act of kindness. Prelude: Ginny Irovando Long organizes a fundraiser for her terminally ill son.
38:44
September 14, 2019
35. The Whistleblower (Karen Silkwood)
A chemical technician risks her life to expose corporate misdeeds at a nuclear facility in Oklahoma. Prelude: Energy mogul Robert S. Kerr becomes the "uncrowned king of the Senate."
46:28
August 31, 2019
BONUS 14: The Conductor (Kyle Sandler)
A former Google executive establishes a “startup factory” in Opelika, Alabama to scam investors out of $1.9 million.
16:38
August 20, 2019
34. The Tour (Jered Threatin)
A disastrous European tour reveals that an American rock band manufactured an entire fan base. Prelude: German R&B duo, Milli Vanilli, are exposed for lip-syncing.
53:38
August 18, 2019
33. The Implants (Poly Implant Prothèse)
A French breast implant manufacturing company's method of cutting costs incites a global health scare. Prelude: Concerns over safety issues related to silicone breast implants lead to a moratorium on sales in the United States.
50:05
August 04, 2019
32. The Match (Simon Leviev)
An international fraudster posing as a wealthy CEO utilizes a popular dating app to scam women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prelude: Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, an Australian grandmother, meets the man of her dreams online. Link to the VG report: https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/
45:09
July 21, 2019
31. The Socialite (Anna Delvey)
A Russian-born con artist posing as a wealthy German heiress scams businesses and acquaintances in an attempt to develop her own art foundation in New York. Prelude: Kari Ferrell's Brooklyn exploits earn her the nickname "The Hipster Grifter."
59:01
July 07, 2019
BONUS 13: The Chess Champion (Paul Charles Dozsa)
A Hungarian chess champion's prolific career of 'dining and dashing' spawns an unforgettable viral video.
10:05
June 25, 2019
BONUS 12: The Portofino Pirate (Larissa Watson)
A 50-year-old artist from Northern Ireland starts a new life (of crime) in Italy.
12:35
May 15, 2019
BONUS 11: The Vendor (Vendstar)
A business opportunity in the form of a revolutionary vending machine turns out to be a $60 million fraud.
11:25
May 02, 2019
30. The Producer (Joe Francis)
A young entrepreneur’s Girls Gone Wild franchise leads to a litany of legal issues related to tax evasion, bribery, and false imprisonments as well as accusations of sexual assault. Prelude: A group of high school students create a much-maligned reality film titled Bumfights that features amateur stunts performed by homeless people.
01:04:13
April 01, 2019
29. The Downline (Herbalife)
A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: The peaks and valleys of Glenn W. Turner’s pyramid schemes.
49:35
March 17, 2019
BONUS 10: The Boner King (Enzyte)
Led by an effective advertising campaign (Smilin' Bob), an herbal supplement company's popular male enhancement pill is revealed to be a $500 million fraud.
12:13
March 07, 2019
28. The Sting (Abscam)
The FBI turns to a career con artist to assist with an undercover sting operation that ensnares multiple members of the United States Congress. Prelude: Mel Weinberg’s lifetime of scams finally catches up with him.
42:46
March 02, 2019
27. The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)
A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene.
50:42
February 17, 2019
26. The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)
A prominent oral surgeon embarks on a new career path after an addiction to painkillers leads to the loss of his dental license. Prelude: A horrifying discovery is made at the Tri-State Crematory in northwest Georgia.
39:42
February 03, 2019
BONUS 09: The Convention (DashCon)
Financial and logistical mismanagement causes a Tumblr fan convention to fall apart.
15:03
January 28, 2019
VIDEO: The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world. Prelude: Baby milk tainted with an industrial chemical leads to over 300,000 illnesses and 6 deaths in China
44:47
January 21, 2019
25. The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world. Prelude: Baby milk tainted with an industrial chemical leads to over 300,000 illnesses and 6 deaths in China.
42:55
January 20, 2019
24. The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)
An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest-running Ponzi schemes in American history. Prelude: In Australia, Alan Bond is remembered as both a national hero and a national disgrace.
52:57
January 06, 2019
23. The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)
A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman. Prelude: A fallen hero's criminal nature is exposed after he is killed in the line of duty.
43:10
December 16, 2018
BONUS 08: The Tree Farm (Rachel Lee)
A psychic employs her family to embezzle millions of dollars from a lonely tree farmer.
16:33
December 09, 2018
22. The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)
A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing person cases. Prelude: The rise and fall of the Psychic Readers Network telephone hotline.
49:55
December 02, 2018
21. The Contestant (Charles Ingram)
A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Prelude: Michael Larson's record-breaking performance on Press Your Luck.
50:25
November 18, 2018
20. The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)
The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Prelude: Clay Allen Duke seeks vengeance on a superintendent of a Florida school district. Special thanks to Alan Berry and Mark Enochs of Dead Man's Line.
57:02
November 18, 2018
19. The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)
A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas. Prelude: The Lapland New Forest Christmas Festival delivers an underwhelming experience.
47:05
October 21, 2018
18. The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)
The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme. Prelude: The highs-and-lows of American financier, Michael Marin.
57:10
October 07, 2018
17. The Lawsuit (McDonald's hot coffee)
An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap. Prelude: A California janitor's case against the owners of a phone booth is labeled as a "frivolous" lawsuit by President Ronald Reagan.
37:03
September 23, 2018
16. The Canoe Man (John Darwin)
An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea. Prelude: A New Jersey State Senator starts a new life on the Maldives Islands.
45:03
September 09, 2018
BONUS 07: The Refugee (Wyclef Jean)
A hip-hop superstar establishes a charitable foundation to benefit his homeland, the Republic of Haiti.
17:25
July 23, 2018
15. The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)
A smooth-talking con man who preys on wealthy widows and divorcees becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress. Prelude: Horse owners summon "The Sandman" to assist them in recovering a portion of their investments.
52:23
July 01, 2018
14. The Association (FIFA)
A culture of corruption at FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades. Prelude: Colin Fowles, a local football star, is remembered by his community.
53:26
June 14, 2018
BONUS 06: The Pole Saw (David Player)
A South Carolina man takes advantage of his mentally disabled friend in a get rich quick scheme.
08:14
June 05, 2018
13. The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)
A young pharmaceutical company CEO named Martin Shkreli raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America." Prelude: Valeant Pharmaceuticals pioneers a new business model for the pharmaceutical industry.
56:27
May 28, 2018
12. The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)
Reverend Jim Bakker's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire. Prelude: The secrets of faith healer Peter Popoff are revealed.
56:27
May 13, 2018
11. The Hitman (Frank Howard)
A quintessential family man embezzles millions of dollars from his employer to fund a love affair and the attempted murder of his wife. Prelude: A multi-millionaire motivational speaker solicits help from Kenneth Minor, a down-and-out man from Harlem, in a plot to collect insurance proceeds.
41:03
April 29, 2018
BONUS 05: The Homemaker (Martha Stewart)
The first self-made, female billionaire is accused of using insider knowledge to sell stock of a cancer treatment drug.
15:06
April 26, 2018
10. The Judges (Kids for Cash)
Two Luzerne County judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers. Prelude: Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak is involved in a pay-to-play corruption scandal.
47:09
April 15, 2018
09. The Leak (Bhopal gas disaster)
An American company avoids accountability for its role in an accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The effects of the tragedy have lasted decades, accounting for over 20,000 deaths and half a million injured. Prelude: A cloud of gas sweeps over the Chemical Valley region in West Virginia.
41:23
April 01, 2018
08. The Impostor (Jimmy Sabatino)
A serial con man uses multiple aliases and his gift of gab to bilk his victims out of millions of dollars worth of hotel rooms, jewelry, clothes, and electronics. Best known for a Super Bowl ticket heist, Jimmy Sabatino's criminal resume also includes a presidential death threat and dubious connections to the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Prelude: William Douglas Street Jr., a notorious impostor, assumes many different roles and professions in an attempt shortcut his way to the top.
37:11
March 18, 2018
BONUS 04: The Mortician (Jean Crump)
A 67-year-old mortician uses her experience to defraud insurance companies.
09:31
March 07, 2018
07. The Treasurer (Budd Dwyer)
An honest, hardworking politician reaches his breaking point after becoming entangled in a bribery scandal. Prelude: A shocking discovery is made after the death of Illinois Secretary of State, Paul Powell.
37:00
March 04, 2018
06. The Contraceptive (Dalkon Shield)
A pharmaceutical company looks the other way as its promising new birth control product, the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD), endangers the lives of more than 2 million women around the world. Prelude: A pill scare sweeps the nation as a result of the Nelson Pill Hearings.
41:16
February 18, 2018
05. The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)
A bizarre bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania, involving a pizza delivery man and an improvised collar bomb leads to a scavenger hunt full of explosions, bodies, and double-crosses. Prelude: The teenage daughter of a wealthy Australian businessman is strapped to a bomb in a brazen extortion attempt.
39:11
February 04, 2018
BONUS 03: The Fire (Marc Thompson)
A successful stockbroker sets his own house on fire (with his elderly mother inside) to fraudulently collect insurance money.
10:13
January 29, 2018
VIDEO: The Canal (Love Canal)
Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagra Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster. Prelude: James Denney, a Missouri farmer, makes a deal for a local chemical company to bury its waste on his property.
38:10
January 21, 2018
04. The Canal (Love Canal)
Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagra Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster. Prelude: James Denney, a Missouri farmer, makes a deal for a local chemical company to bury its waste on his property.
39:41
January 21, 2018
03. The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)
An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who discovered it. Tommy Thompson, who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever", successfully evaded law enforcement and angry investors for years while hiding in plain sight. Prelude: A millionaire art dealer named Forrest Fenn releases clues pertaining to the location of a hidden treasure chest.
29:36
January 07, 2018
02. The Horse Queen (Rita Crundwell)
In the largest municipal fraud in American history, Rita Crundwell embezzled over $50 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, to support her extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobby. Prelude: History of Ronald Reagan's oft-repeated maxim, "Trust but verify", and its relevance in modern society.
29:59
January 07, 2018
01. The Lucky Winner (Eddie Tipton)
An unclaimed, jackpot-winning Hot Lotto ticket purchased in Iowa led to a cross-continent search for the winner, the uncovering of the largest lottery fraud in American history, and the arrest of long-time lottery employee, Eddie Tipton. Prelude: Nick Perry, a local TV celebrity in Pittsburgh, rigs the Pennsylvania lottery in a scandal known as the "Triple Six Fix."
30:52
January 07, 2018
BONUS 02: The Reef (Osbourne Reef)
An artificial reef constructed with more than 2 million used tires leads to an environmental disaster near the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
09:54
December 28, 2017
BONUS 01: The Promotion (McDonald's Monopoly)
In a scheme that lasted over a decade, Jerome "Uncle Jerry" Jacobson defrauded fast-food giant McDonald's for over $20 million by rigging the promotional Monopoly game.
12:57
December 28, 2017