Content Group to adapt con artist’s story
LA-based The Content Group (TCG), part of Asylum Entertainment Group, is partnering with US con artist Barry Minkow to tell his life story in a limited documentary series.
Minkow is best known for launching a carpet cleaning and restoration company while still at high school that later turned out to be a front to attract investment for a Ponzi scheme.
The company collapsed in 1987, costing investors and lenders over US$100m – one of the largest investment frauds ever perpetrated by a single person, as well as one of the largest accounting frauds in history.
After being released from jail, Ponzi became a pastor and fraud investigator, but was soon back behind bars after admitting he helped deliberately drive down the stock prices of businesses he was investigating and defrauding his own church.
Exec producing the limited series are TCG president Jodi Flynn and CEO Steve Michaels, in addition to producer Sami Abdou.
“Barry’s life is a real-life house of cards story; from boy phenom to Ponzi scheme, from redeemed pastor to insider trader – you can’t write it! We have unprecedented access to tell his point of view, not just the details of his trickery but why he committed crimes time and time again,” said Flynn.