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Greenlit: American Greed: The Fugitives, CNBC

American Greed: The Fugitives (7  x 60′) – White-collar crime can destroy companies, cost investors billions, devastate families and wipe out a person’s entire life savings. This series, narrated by Stacy Keach, goes in search of the alleged masterminds behind some of the biggest financial fraud cases in the U.S., and tells the never-before-heard stories of alleged white-collar criminals who orchestrate elaborate scams to dupe investors and ultimately, evade capture. Investment schemes are more sophisticated than ever before and each episode features interviews with law enforcement, prosecutors and victims, all sharing the goal of bringing these fugitives to justice.

The series kicks-off with John and Julieanne Dimitrion who commit mortgage fraud by convincing distressed owners to relinquish their homes under the premise of improving their financial position. But, the Dimitrions use the proceeds of the sales to fund their own lavish lifestyle. It’s nearly impossible to leave Hawaii without a trace, so how did this couple vanish into thin air? The hour also features the story of Spiro Germenis, a heartless hedge fund manager, wanted for allegedly scamming more than 25 victims in a massive investment fraud. Using falsified financial statements, Germenis allegedly steals from middle-class people and senior citizens who lose their entire life savings. Spiro tells his wife he’s heading to a Mets playoff game, but instead buys a one-way plane ticket, never to be heard from again.

Upcoming episodes include a mutual fund manager on the run in a small town accused of bilking $65 million from investors; a contractor who preys on unsuspecting clients who pay for home renovations that never happen; a man wanted for his alleged involvement in a lottery scheme where the players lose big and he’s the only winner; and a fraud ring that schemes to rob banks across the country.

For more information and special web exclusives go to: thefugitives.cnbc.com.Channel: CNBC

Producer: Kurtis Productions

TX: 1st August 2012

Source: CNBC press release

Nicola Lees (8802 Posts)

I have worked in the media - radio & TV, production and post-production - for more than fifteen years. I have extensive experience as a TV development producer, and have originated, developed, written and pitched proposals for award-winning documentaries, docu-dramas and interactive TV events for a range of UK and US channels, including BBC, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel and Science Channel. I'm the founder of TVMole.com, a website that provides industry intelligence to help TV professionals and aspiring filmmakers get their programme ideas commissioned. I've written two books for Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury: Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot! Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project (2012) Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch (2010) I've produced industry panels for Televisual's Intelligent Factual Festival (2010) and am a regular speaker at universities and film festivals (e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest, Open City Docs Fest, Northern Nights Film Festival, Televisual Intelligent Factual Festival, Broadcast Video Expo). I've served on several film festival juries, including: FD4W International Film Festival, WFTV Awards, Northern Nights Film Festival and TV Collective Film Night at Portobello Film Festival.


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