Here, we are going to talk about the upcoming episode 5 of The Con. This American show is the true crime television series from ABC, The American Broadcasting Channel. The Con is a documentary series that explores the stories of people who commit millions and billions of dollars of fraud in America. The series features interviews with people involved in cons, victims, eye witnesses, law enforcement, and perpetrators. Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, narrates the series. She is popular for classic films such as “Ghost”, and the film series “Sister Act”. The series follows the deception of a different person in each episode with all the other cast and guests.
The series premiered on October 14, 2020 and aired three episodes until October 28, 2020. However, due to the Corona virus pandemic, the series was postponed. Last week’s episode marked their comeback as ABC announced a return with five new episodes in March. The first season will have a total of eight episodes, and the finale will air on March 31, 2021. Additionally, The Con Episode 5 will be released on March 31, 2021. March 10, 2021 on ABC at 10 p.m. EST.
Episode 4 Recap:
The series returns with an exciting episode, featuring the notorious Fyre Festival and crime mastermind Billy McFarland. Not only that, the show featured Billy’s first interview from behind bars. Billy is currently serving a six year sentence for defrauding more than $ 26 million since 2018. He talks about his lies and some details of how he committed the fraud.
In 2017, a music festival called Fyre Festival became popular with international social media influencers, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and Emily Ratajkowski, promoting it. Somehow, this luxury music festival founded by Billy McFarland, CEO of Fyre Media Inc, and rapper Ja Rule became a hot sensation.
The intention behind this festival is to promote the company’s Fyre app to book musical talent. The festival schedule is 28-30 April 2017 and 5-7 May 2017 on the island of Great Exuma, Bahamas. However, during the inaugural weekend of the festival, the event encountered problems related to security, food, accommodation, health services, and many other problems which eventually led to the cancellation of the event. In addition, festival attendees who pay hundreds of dollars for luxury villas and gourmet meals receive only pre-packaged sandwiches and a FEMA tent for accommodation.
Billy pleaded guilty to court in March 2018 and was jailed in October 2016 with a sentence of $ 26 million. Many websites and networks such as Netflix and Hulu have made documentaries for this show since Billy was imprisoned. However, this is the first time the audience has found the truth from Billy McFarland’s point of view. He made this plan by securing investors and hype with the help of expensive promotional videos with many influencers and models that went viral in no time.
What to Expect in The Con Episode 5?
The title of the episode is “The Royal Con”. This episode will discuss the details of a man’s attempt to steal millions of dollars by pretending to be the Saudi Crown Prince. Anthony Enrique Gignac made headlines for his scams in 2017. He is an orphan from Colombia who was adopted by a family in Michigan and grew up there. However, he somehow managed to disguise himself as Prince Khalid for decades and was able to deceive even the US government. This episode will detail his story and what led to his arrest.
The series will largely explore his arrival in Miami and the prince’s life of high standard, leading everyone to believe he is royalty. However, he pretended to be a prince and stole $ 8.1 million from the rich. When he arrived in Miami, he lived a life of luxury while plotting to swindle millions from wealthy Florida real estate mogul Jeffery Soffer and several others.
The goal of “Prince Khalid” in coming to Miami was to strike a deal with a real estate developer to make a $ 400 million investment in an iconic luxury hotel in Miami Beach. However, his one mistake acted as a catalyst which started an investigation on him and ended up putting him behind bars. This mistake is ordering prosciutto at a business luncheon. This may seem normal, but eating pork of any kind is a serious taboo in Muslim religion. When the investigation begins, Anthony’s real identity and worldwide fraud are revealed.