Masterminds

Masterminds

About the show

Real stories about the brilliant but deceptive masterminds behind amazing deceptions and seemingly impossible capers. Shot in some of the most exotic locations around the world, Masterminds focuses on the deceivers and their ambitious plots.

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Upcoming episodes

Mar 22nd
900p

The Berlin Heist

German police respond to a hostage takeover at a bank in a wealthy Berlin suburb. They negotiate with Mastermind Khaled Al Bazari, for more than 15 hours before delivering $4 million in ransom money. What the police didn’t realize was that Bazari and his team had spent the last 16 months painstakingly digging a tunnel by hand from their headquarters to the bank. Using skateboards to haul $11 million in cash and jewels through the tunnel, they pull off a heist for the ages.
Mar 22nd
930p

Money Bags

Maurizio Percan, the mastermind of the most sophisticated auto-parts theft ring in American history, netted $14 million in 3 years while dealing only in stolen airbags. Brash and audacious, Percan set up an elaborate front for his operation an auto parts store in the Bronx that played by the book. Percan fooled police for years while operating a business that stole more than 5000 cars every year. He became so successful that he was even able to drive up the market for his own product and sold airbags to customers he’d stolen from. After half a dozen attempts to get close to him, investigators finally nabbed Percan on his honeymoon in Hawaii.
Mar 22nd
1000p

Foul Ball

For over five years, wayne bray and his associates flooded the billion dollar sports memorabilia market with counterfeit merchandise and made tens of millions. His wide-ranging enterprise created virtually undetectable fakes and sold them to unwitting fans, retailers, and collectors around the world. To this day, it remains the largest sports memorabilia scam in american history.
Mar 22nd
1030p

Money Maker

University-educated wesley weber ran the most successful counterfeiting operation in canada—while still in his early twenties. He produced foolproof counterfeits using his home computer, and pumped over 20 million dollars’ worth of fakes into the economy. Police got on the trail and tracked him around the country. Thanks to him, most stores in canada refuse to accept $100 bills to this day.
Mar 29th
900p

Great Escape, The

In 2000, Jeffrey Manchester began serving a 45 year sentence in a triple-maximum security prison in North Carolina for burglarizing more than 60 fast food restaurants. Though no one had ever escaped from this prison before, Manchester secured his freedom and evaded capture by hiding out in a local Toys R Us. For weeks, Manchester lived in the walls of the store before moving over to Circuit City where he built himself a completely functioning and hidden apartment (he even had plumbing and electricity). Before long, Manchester infiltrates the local community and charms everyone with his new persona as a toy salesman, selling video games and DVDs stolen from Toys R Us. But Manchester’s luck runs out when a robbery goes awry and investigators finally discover his secret hideout.
Mar 29th
930p

Highway Robber, The

In 2002, David Brankle began a robbery spree that netted him millions. Hitting bank branches located in supermarkets, this smooth talking Cassanova pulled nearly fifty jobs in six states while driving a stolen $80,000 BMW. Charm was his weapon of choice-- he even seduced his stripper mistress into becoming his accomplice on several jobs. He was pursued by dozens of police agencies, but his double life as a suburban family man in Vincennes, Indiana kept him off the authorities’ radar for years.
Mar 29th
1000p

Off the Rack

In the 1980s, Peter Cassese was known as a successful New York clothing wholesaler. In reality, the store he owned was a front for one of the most brilliant burglary rings in American history an enterprise that boosted tens of millions of dollars worth of garments from high-end fashion designers without them even realizing they’d been hit. His intricate operation, mob connections, and the cops on his payroll helped him elude detection for ten years.
Mar 29th
1030p

The Copycat Millions

Starting in 1990, new york art dealer ely sakhai created an ingenious and audacious system to sell multiple forged copies of paintings by such greats as chagall, renoir, modigliani, monet, rembrandt and others. After unloading his forgeries on the unsuspecting asian market for hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop, he then turned around and sold the original paintings to the savvy dealers in new york. Sakhai kept his operation invisible for a staggering fourteen years, and made himself over 10 million dollars in the process.