Fraud Alert: The ‘McMillion$’ Team Explores Another Major Scam In ‘The Big Conn’ – Contenders Documentary And Unscripted

writer-director James Lee Hernandez And Brian Lazart Recognize a good old fashioned scam story when they see one.

His 2020 Emmy-Nominated Documentary Series McMillion$ revealed how a former police officer managed to rig McDonald’s big bucks Monopoly game in the 1990s. His new documentary for Apple TV+, the big con, falls into an even bigger fraud. He first learned the story from Peter King, a fellow executive producer on the project.

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“We had dinner with him, and he said, ‘Hey, I heard about this interesting lawyer from this small town in Kentucky, and it looks like he stole about $550 million,'” Hernandez told Deadline. The recalled and unpublished incident during an appearance in the Contenders documentary. “We started looking at it, and the rabbit hole got deeper and deeper and more crazier and more outlandish.”

The convicted fraudster, called Eric C. Cohn, conspired to extort money from the Social Security disability insurance program.

“In that area of ​​the country, Appalachia, where you have a lot of physical labor from coal mining, there are a lot of people applying for these. [disability] benefits. And so he found a way to capitalize on that,” Lazart explained. “There was a plan that was essentially fabricated between him and a judge to help people move through the system … [Conn] Everyone will be financially benefited from who will get through this. ,

Law eventually caught up with Conn. Lazart and Hernandez were able to speak with him for their series.

“We really find that idea appealing to the rationales that people employ to do certain things,” Hernandez said. “with the big conWe really love the idea that there’s a guy out there who justified the idea of ​​stealing $550 million from the US government. ,

Conn styles himself as Robin Hood and enjoys traveling the world on adventures controlled by his misguided advantage. With all McMillion$Hernandez and Lazart dramatize throughout the play.

“It’s something we lean on a lot in a sense, because we really want you to feel like you’re there,” Hernandez said. “For everything that we do, as with McMillion$ with and the big conWe want you to feel like the story is putting you in that very moment, and not just, ‘Oh, this is something that happened years ago, and I lived to tell the story…’ It’s helping imagination as well so you can feel what people were feeling at that time.”

big cone Premieres May 6 on Apple TV+.

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