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Ripped Off: Madoff and the Scamming of America (streaming, Academic Video Online)
The 2008 collapse of the American economy wreaked havoc on the American people. While the stock market imploded before them, some investors were devastated by a far more trusted source. See the personal chaos brought onto individual investors by Bernie Madoff, a popular and trusted investor from middle-class Queens, New York - and alleged Ponzi schemer - as experts dissect his $65 billion scam, from its humble beginnings to its stunning downfall.
The Swindler (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This video, produced by CBS News, is about Mark Dreier, a white-collar criminal who is responsible for scamming hedge funds for millions. Steve Kroft reports.
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (streaming, Kanopy)
Exposing the forces responsible for the loss of trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, massive foreclosures and the disappearance of retirement funds, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time investigates the unregulated fraud and theft that led to the market's collapse in fall 2008.
Scheme and scandal : inside the college admissions crisis (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Fareed Zakaria looks at the frenzied competition for slots at elite schools - that has exploded into the biggest cheating scandal in American history - a scheme that exploited the desperate quest for higher test scores, as well as the world of elite sports, played only by the affluent, that college advisors call rich white affirmative action.
60 Minutes: It Takes One To Know One (streaming, Academic Video Online)
May 22, 2005 - In the 1980s, Barry Minkow scammed investors out of millions with his ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning business. But after seven years in jail, the former criminal has gone evangelical -- preaching religion and running a fraud investigation firm. Steve Kroft reports.
60 minutes. It takes one to know one [update] (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Steve Kroft follows up on his story from the previous year on Barry Minkow, a former scammer who now works with law enforcement to catch other scammers. He follows a case on which Minkow is working.
The Enron Scandal (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This film highlights the events that led to the bankruptcy of Enron in 2001. It was the first in a series of debacles that included the mammoth corporations Tyco and WorldCom as well as the leading accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Investigators, politicians and victims reveal the incredible story.
60 minutes. The man who knew (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Harry Markopolos repeatedly told the Securities and Exchange Commission that Bernie Madoff's investment fund was a fraud. He was ignored, and investors lost billions of dollars. Steve Kroft reports.
60 minutes. Pigeon fever (streaming, Academic Video Online)
It's been just over a year since Bernard Madoff's multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme fell apart. But, as Morley Safer reports, despite all the news about the scandal, similar scams are still thriving.
Falciani's tax bomb : the man behind the Swiss leaks (streaming, Academic Video Online)
An insightful documentary on the professed HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani and the global controversy over banking privacy and international tax regulations of the last decade. In 2008, the former employee of HSBC stole over 300,000 bank accounts and distributed them to tax authorities worldwide - the biggest leak of secret bank accounts ever. Falciani's list hit the international financial sector like a bomb and changed the course of history.
Frontline. Abacus : small enough to jail (streaming, Academic Video Online)
From acclaimed director Steve James, this Academy Award® Nominee, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud, the indictment and trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves - and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community - over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Enron : the smartest guys in the room (dvd)
Chronicles the rise of Enron Corporation and its disintegration following scandal. Examines the morality of corporate philosophy. Focuses on key Enron executives Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow.
Margin Call (DVD)
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.
All the President's Men (dvd)
The investigation of the Watergate break-in by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein is powerfully dramatized. Based upon their best-selling book.
American Hustle (dvd)
Set in the 1970s, director/co-writer David O. Russell's smart, sharp-tongued comedy uses the facts of the ABSCAM scandal to spin the sort-of-true story of a New Jersey con man (Christian Bale) and his partner (Amy Adams), pressured to help an ambitious FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) bust a charismatic mayor (Jeremy Renner) about to engage in corruption.
By all appearances, billionaire hedge fund honcho Richard Gereseems master of his perfectly ordered universe. However, as he strives to conceal how deeply leveraged his soon-to-be-sold empire is from the auditors, as well as his involvement in a horrendous car accident from canny cop Tim Roth, how long will he be able to keep the plates spinning?
Barbarians at the Gate (dvd)
F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco decides that the time is ripe to take over his own company and enlists American Express. This kicks off a tide of other firms swarming in to tender offers. The outline of the film follows the actual takeover of the RJR Nabisco empire in a tongue in cheek way
The Big Short (dvd)
n the mid-2000s, hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) took a hard look at the subprime mortgage market...and saw the tidal wave of borrower defaults to come. As a handful of financial industry insiders watched him bet billions against the very stability of the banks, they felt themselves torn between knowing the consequence of collapse...and getting themselves a very lucrative piece of that action.
Boiler Room (dvd)
Ben Younger directs this tense drama about a money-hungry young adult who goes to work for a corrupt investments firm only to find himself in more trouble than he ever expected.
Frontline: The Madoff Affair (dvd)
On Dec. 11, 2008, Bernard L. Madoff confessed that his vaunted investment business was all "one big lie," a Ponzi scheme colossal in volume and scope that cost investors $65 billion. Overnight, Madoff became the new poster child for Wall Street gall, greed and corruption. Through exclusive television interviews with those closest to Madoff's operation, veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith unearths the details of the world's first global Ponzi scheme--a deception that lasted longer, reached wider and cut deeper than any other business scandal in history.
Glengarry Glen Ross (dvd)
This film by director James Foley is a tale of desperation and betrayal based on David Mamet's play. Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alex Baldwin and Ed Harris star in this story set in the world of real estate, where times are tough for the sales force and they take matters into their own hands.
The Informant! (dvd)
rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Mark Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion.
The Insider (dvd)
THE INSIDER recounts the chain of events that pitted an ordinary man against the tobacco industry. Al Pacino plays veteran 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, and Russell Crowe co-stars as the ultimate insider, former tobacco executive Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, in this film directed by Michael Mann. When Wigand is fired by his employer - one of the largest tobacco companies in America - he agrees to become a paid consultant for a story Bergman is working on regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry takes legal action.
The Social Network (dvd)
David Fincher directs this insightful tale, based on Ben Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires," about the personal and legal dealings of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Jesse Eisenberg plays the frustrated young Zuckerberg, who as a Harvard undergrad created an online social network that revolutionized communication but in the process encountered numerous problems that may have cost him what he valued most.
Too Big To Fail (dvd)
Depicting the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis, this fact-based telefilm follows the intersections of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (William Hurt) with Fed chairman Ben Bernanke (PaulGiamatti) and New York Fed president Tim Geithner (Billy Crudup). As Lehman Brothers' meltdown threatens to sink the U.S. economy, they and others race to find solutions to problems born in Wall Street and Washington
The Wolf of Wall Street (dvd)
Martin Scorsese's powerful and profane portrait of '90s-era excess offers a darkly funny take on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), the boiler-room trading impresario whose relentless shilling of penny stocks--and equally relentless consumption of high-grade pharmaceuticals--made his downfall at the hands of the feds all but inevitable.
Money, Power and Wall Street (dvd)
In a special 4-hour investigation, Frontline tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.
This is Real
This is Real
In 2014, more than 30 people were arrested in the nation's capital on charges related to health care fraud. Those arrested included owners and operators of home health care agencies, office workers, personal care assistants, and patient recruiters.
A true crime podcast about white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil.
Hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that questions how and why Madoff was able to get away with the largest con in history and who may have helped.
Scams, sex, and even murder all in the name of a perverted American dream. Enter a world where crime pays until you get caught. CNBC’s unprecedented original true-crime series, “American Greed”, takes you inside the amazing real-life stories of how some people will do anything for money. Narrated by award-winning stage, screen, and television actor Stacy Keach.
Popping the White Collar
Popping The White Collar is a true crime podcast that explores various white collar crimes and scams. Each week, hosts Tommy and Cody dive into a new case of white collar crime. Episodes go through the details of a particular crime/criminal/scam and finish with educational tips on how to avoid similar crimes and scams.
Bribe, Swindle or Steal
Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE, interviews luminaries in the field of financial crime, including bribery, fraud, money-laundering, insider trading and sanctions. Each week, Alexandra and her guests will discuss who commits “white collar crime”, how it works and what is being done to stop it.
Following a Peabody nomination and two Webby nominations for Best General Series and Best Documentary Podcast for Season One: The College Admission Scandal, Season Two of Gangster Capitalism has the NRA is in the crosshairs.