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FRONTLINE; How to Steal $500 Million

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How to Steal $500 Million
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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This program tells the story of the rise and fall of Phar-Mor, Inc., the chain of discount drug stores, from its inception and rapid expansion to its plunge into bankruptcy, caused by one of the largest corporate frauds in U.S. history. The program reveals how, for five years, Phar-Mor's top executives were able to hide from the company's auditors losses which eventually left the company $500 million short of its stated net worth. Reporter: Paul Judge. Correspondent: Paul Solman.

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