Premium cable network HBO has begun production on a docuseries about an ex-cop who swindled the McDonald’s Monopoly game promotion over the course of a decade.
Produced by Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas, McMillions will chronicle how Jerome Jacobson, a former cop-turned-security auditor, managed to cheat the system by defrauding the multi-national fast-food company out of millions through a vast network of co-conspirators across the U.S.
The series is set to feature firsthand accounts and archive footage of the FBI agents who brought down the gaming scam, defrauded McDonald’s corporate execs, the lawyers who tried the case, and the culprits and prizewinners who profited from the complicated scheme, as well as those unwittingly duped into being a part of the con.
Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips executive produce for Unrealistic Ideas. James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte will direct and executive produce the docuseries.
“Having been obsessed with the game as children and now developing this story for years, we’re thrilled to partner with Unrealistic Ideas and HBO, who both share our passion for this incredible case,” say Hernandez and Lazarte. “The real story behind the fraud is far more complex and interesting than we ever could have imagined.”
WME reps Unrealistic Ideas.