Here, we will talk about the details of American Greed Season 14 Episode 5. American Greed is the longest-running television series on CNBC. It is an American documentary series that CNBC first broadcasted on 21 June 2007. The series is a business-reality program that focuses on the stories behind the high-profile corporate and white-collar crimes. Additionally, it focuses on history’s largest crimes and financial scams involving WorldCom, CyberNET, HealthSouth, and Tyco International. Apart from this, the show also features low-level crimes including Ponzi schemes, murder for hire, bank robbery, medical fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and so on. The fourteenth season of the series premiered on 18 January 2021. Like every other season, this season is filled with fascinating stories and shocking cases.
American Greed Season 14 Episode 5 will air on 15 February 2021, Monday at 10 pm ET/PT on the CNBC channel. The show is particularly controversial for its portrayal of law enforcement and involvement in combating fraud. The series cites that many frauds were discovered only after there had been a large number of victims, Due to this, the series received criticism from the audience. However, the series is still fairly popular with a few awards under its belt. Kurtis Production company produces the series for CNBC. Luke Bauer is the major executive producer of American Greed. American actor Walter Stacy Keach Jr. narrates the series. American Greed presents different stories about a different group of characters in each episode. For that reason, we see different actors every episode, none ever appearing in other episodes.
The title of the episode was “The Fall of an Opioid Mogul”. It aired on 8 February 2021, where the series portrayed the opioid pandemic that destroyed the lives of millions of Americans. Amidst the deadly disease was a billionaire drug mogul John Kapoor who stoop to the low for more money.
The episode reveals his criminal charges as he was accused of bribing doctors to push a dangerous drug called Subsys. However, we soon learn that his shady business goes back to the 1980s.
John Kapoor is the founder of InSys Therapeutics, an American pharmaceutical company. Ever since he started the company, he has been involved in dangerous dealings as he creates Subsys, a spray version of fentanyl. It is now one of the riskiest narcotics for both addiction and possible death.
The entire episode includes the testimonies of the former vice president of InSys, Alec Burlakoff who was in the middle of all this, making the episode all the more interesting. He unhesitantly reveals the dark side of the company. Though the series always includes statements from the bosses and colleagues, Alec Burlakoff’s anecdotes reveal the most important piece of the story.
However, the series makes it clear that the company only serves as the roots of the poison tree. We also get to know about those greedy doctors who prescribed their patients those drugs, making them highly addicted to them. The episode reveals a heartbreaking story of one patient who goes way beyond the limits of addictions.
The series reveals almost all the people involved in the scam where the doctors prescribed those drugs to more than 500 people.
Also, the episode becomes much more intense as well as creepy in the second half of the episode. The series reveals John’s obsession with money as he had incentives for doctors prescribing higher doses to the patients.
The episode reveals more and more shocking truths about the illegal dealings of the multi-billionaire company that ruined hundreds of lives.
American Greed Season 14 Episode 5 Spoilers
The title of the episode is “A Family Vanishes”. The theme of the episode is self-explanatory as it will show the story of a vanishing family.
The episode will portray four members of the McStay family. They all seemingly vanish into thin air with no trace of their whereabouts.
The series will feature a biker in the Mojave Desert who finds the bodies of the family members in shallow graves.
A Family Vanishes reveals shocking truths about the demise of the family. The series also features how a close friend of theirs falls under the suspicion of murder.