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American Greed, also known as American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels, And Suckers and as American Greed: Scams, Schemes, And Broken Dreams, is an original primetime series airing on the business news network CNBC.[1][2] It was created by Bill Kurtis through his Chicago-based Kurtis Productions. As Kurtis was under exclusive contract to competing network A&E at the time, the program is narrated by Stacy Keach Jr..[3] It first aired on June 21, 2007, in the US and is currently airing in its thirteenth season.[4] Episodes are also rebroadcast on the television network Escape.

American Greed
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GenreDocumentary
Narrated byStacy Keach
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes157 & 3 Specials (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Sharon Barrett Charles Schaffer
Producer(s)Kurtis Productions
Production location(s)Chicago, Illinois
Release
Original networkCNBC
Original releaseJune 21, 2007 –
Present
External links
Website

The program has been renewed for a twelfth season which premiered on February 26, 2018.[5]

On April 16, 2019, it was announced that the thirteenth season will premiere on August 12, 2019.[6]

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SubjectsEdit

The business-reality program focuses on the stories behind some of the high-profile corporate and white collar crimes in recent U.S. history, including the financial scandals involving WorldCom,[7] HealthSouth,[8] Tyco International,[9] and CyberNET.[10] In addition, stories feature low-profile financial crimes affecting individual investors and smaller companies, including various Ponzi schemes, real estate and other investment frauds, bank robbery, identity theft, medical fraud, embezzlement, insurance fraud, murder-for-hire, art theft, credit card fraud, money laundering, and crimes committed by elected officials.[11]

In addition, there have been 3 American Greed special presentations: American Greed Special: Bernie Madoff Behind Bars;[12] American Greed: Special Presentation: 9/11 Fraud - “A Contractor Capitalizes on Disaster";[13] and Mob Money: an American Greed Special Presentation.[14]

EpisodesEdit

The show began airing its eleventh season in January, 2017.

In August 2012 CNBC aired the series American Greed: The Fugitives which focused on active cases of alleged white-collar crime. The show documented stories of suspects who were still at large and had continued to evade authorities.[15] It lasted 2 seasons, covering 13 cases of financial crimes.[16] After the Nov. 14, 2013, airing of American Greed: The Fugitives #12, viewer tips led to the successful Nov. 26, 2013, arrest of FBI Most Wanted fugitive David Kaup, who had been a fugitive since Dec. 17, 2012, when he failed to appear for sentencing in Los Angeles.[17][18]

In early 2019, CNBC aired another companion series, American Greed: Deadly Rich, which focused on high-profile murder cases involving the wealthy.

Criticisms

The show has been criticized for overestimating law enforcement's interest and involvement in combating fraud, as many frauds are discovered only after a number of people have already been victimized; e.g., the largest fraud, Bernie Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme, ended only after he confessed. In civil fraud claims, courts require that the fraud be pleaded with specificity and the proponent provide documentation corroborating the claim.[19] In the Madoff case, an early administrative complaint was dismissed for lack of evidence, with the claim of a Ponzi scheme deemed speculative and unsubstantiated using essentially the same standard federal courts employ in evaluating civil fraud claims.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/19170720/
  2. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/american-greed/
  3. ^ http://www.robertfeder.com/2015/02/18/bill-kurtis-for-us-greed-has-been-good/
  4. ^ https://www.moviefone.com/tv/american-greed/178448/season-11/
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (August 3, 2017). "CNBC Prime Unveils Fall Lineup With New Series 'The Job Interview', More 'Billion Dollar Buyer' & 'The Deed'". Deadline. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "CNBC Prime Announces Biggest Summer Slate Yet". The Futon Critic. April 16, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/100000090
  8. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/100000081
  9. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/100000088
  10. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/100000089
  11. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/id/19170720/
  12. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/madoff-behind-bars/
  13. ^ http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000547519
  14. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2765580/
  15. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacy-keach/american-greed-the-fugitives_b_1773736.html
  16. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/american-greed-the-fugitives-season-1/
  17. ^ https://www.cnbc.com/2013/12/04/a-capture-after-american-greed-the-fugitives-profile.html
  18. ^ https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/losangeles/press-releases/2013/fugitive-who-failed-to-appear-for-sentencing-for-carrying-out-a-multi-million-dollar-scheme-that-defrauded-homeowners-arrested-in-las-vegas
  19. ^ Fed. R. Civ. Pro 9 content
  20. ^ content

1. Fed.R. Civ. Pro 9.

2. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009).

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