I’m a reality TV producer.
I’ve worked on shows like American Ninja Warrior for NBC and Shark Tank for ABC.
But the most spectacular reality show I’ve ever been a part of had no cameras shooting it. And no network airing it. And no viewers watching it. Just a devious con artist secretly plying her craft in the shadows. And dozens of unsuspecting victims like myself, quietly falling prey.
In May of 2013, Marianne Smyth was a new neighbor and quickly became my best friend. But she told me her name was "Mair Smyth" (This was one of the 23 aliases she used to scam people, including "Marianne Andle" and "Marianne Welch," I would later discover.)
In this video she goes by the name "Mair Aine" masquerading as a psychic to swindle "clients" in Los Angeles. In fact, she assumed the identities of lawyers, psychologists, cancer patients and even celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Judd to scam people.
When we met, I had no idea that she was actually a professional con artist, on the run from authorities; and that I was about to become one of her many "marks". She would end up scamming almost $100,000 from me through an elaborate series of Confidence Tricks.
The financial toll this con artist took on my life was devastating. I collapsed into a helpless, whimpering mess. Then I got up. And got angry. And acted. I went from Victim to Vigilante - and spent the ensuing two and a half years bringing Marianne Smyth, kicking and screaming, to justice. And I uncovered 45 of her other victims in the process. Innocent, unsuspecting people in California, Michigan, Tennessee, Maine, Florida, New York and Northern Ireland - she scammed hundreds of thousands from them using a sophisticated web of pretexts and identities.
Today, Marianne Smyth is sitting in a jail cell wondering how on earth she became the victim - of one of her own victims.
And that's the real story...
Have you been conned?
E-MAIL ME: TheConHunter@gmail.com
Or Call/Text 213-394-2488
I've harnessed EVERY imaginable resource at my disposal for two and a half years to ferret out the elaborate cons of Marianne "Mair" Smyth.
I've hired six private investigators in multiple states and countries. I've spent countless hours on the phone and online with law enforcement officials across the country and the world. I've gone to courthouse after courthouse pulling records. And I've uncovered dozens of other victims so far. But I suspect there are more. Many more.
At this point I've learned most of Smyth's victims never go to police because they're ashamed and embarrassed they fell for her scams and they don't want their friends and family to find out. Make no mistake. I'm ashamed and embarrassed too. But my desire for justice and my desire to warn people about her is stronger than my shame. Evil only triumphs when good people do nothing. And I have done everything in my power to see that this Con Artist is held accountable for her actions. Will you?
Have you had an experience with Marianne Smyth?
E-MAIL ME: TheConHunter@gmail.com Or Call/Text 213-394-2488
To read an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book, "Hunting the Irish Heiress"
My unrelenting investigation into Smyth's cons ultimately led me to Northern Ireland, where I discovered she's a fugitive wanted by Police for scamming $500,000 from 26 victims by impersonating a mortgage broker and an investment expert .
I discovered Smyth's own family disowned her 30 years ago, after she scammed dozens of friends and family members in her neighborhood out of thousands by pretending to have cancer and asking for money for "treatments."
She used plastic surgery to alter her appearance when she got to Los Angeles in 2011. And she had an all new con figured out to fleece people out of hundreds of thousands in Southern California: She told everyone she'd meet that she was born in Ireland and was heir to an Irish family fortune. In reality, she was born poor in Bangor, Maine as Marianne Andle and graduated from Bangor High in 1987. I dug up her yearbook.
But she successfully presented herself as a wealthy Irish heiress in Los Angeles for years. Near the end of her Ice Bucket Challenge Video from 2014 she actually thanks her massage therapist! (While trying to execute an Irish-American accent.) That video was shot where she lived at the time HERE where her rent was $5800 per month. This was the lavish lifestyle successfully conning dozens of victims afforded her. And living there provided her the opportunity to scam a new circle of affluent victims.
In late 2016, she started dating a wealthy man in Newport Beach. It wasn’t long before she was drawing up paperwork to add her name to the titles of his two homes. In exchange, she promised to add his name to this $12 million mansion she was about to “buy” using her now-infamous Irish inheritance scam.
A few years prior, Smyth conned an LA politician out of $80,000 by impersonating an entire cast of fictional characters, including a wealthy industrialist, a former mistress, and some belligerent Irish relatives.
She also scammed $10,000 from another victim by impersonating a psychologist. Smyth actually had a dozen other "patients" in Los Angeles she was seeing while pretending to be a psychologist. She'd record their "sessions" and use the intimate details of their lives to scam them.
In 2017 Smyth was CONVICTED of scamming more than $200,000 from her employer in Los Angeles, Pacific Islands Travel. They busted her using her personal PayPal account she cleverly renamed "Pacific Islands Travel" to scam customers paying for vacations by taking their money into her own account. PayPal banned her after that conviction yet Smyth found a loophole in the ban that allowed her to continue scamming people using PayPal for years thereafter.
Other victims pointed me to Smyth's still active “SugarDaddyForMe” profile where she’d enter into financial arrangements with married men who’d pay her a monthly fee for sex. Then she'd blackmail them when they tried to end the relationship.
No low was too low for this seasoned grifter. Smyth even stole the identity of her estranged daughter who lives in Tennessee, to lease an apartment in Los Angeles, and then left her daughter on the hook for $12,000 when Smyth was finally evicted for not paying rent for months. (After her cancer scam backfired)
Smyth also used the fatal illness of her other estranged daughter, who courts took from Smyth as a baby, declaring her an unfit mother, to fraudulently raise $16,460 on GoFundMe in that poor deceased girl's name. I was able to work with GoFundMe to shut that scam down. But here's a screen grab from the fraudulent campaign page before it was yanked. None of the money was ever returned to the victims.
Even running out of nail salons without paying is apparently just par for the course for Convicted Felon Marianne Smyth.
Marianne Smyth is as creative as she is convincing and uses every loophole in the legal system to avoid and delay prosecution. Case in point: After I publicly outed her as a con artist in 2017, while she was being prosecuted for scamming $200,000 from her employer Pacific Islands Travel, her past victims from other scams started showing up to court to confront her. She didn't want to face them. So she pulled a "51-50" - she took an Uber to a mental hospital and threatened to kill herself. The hospital bought it. And the judge bought it. And she got out of a bunch of court appearances. Still to this day she pulls this suicide scam whenever she wants to avoid court.
The Los Angeles Police Department spent 11 months meticulously investigating Marianne Smyth for scamming me. They interviewed me a dozen times and I handed over tons of evidence. In February 2018 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Marianne Smyth. And 2 months later the LAPD's fugitives division arrested Marianne Smyth and charged her with Grand Theft. Once my case began turning in the giant wheels of the justice system it would take almost two dozen court appearances over the span of 10 months and a total of 6 different Deputy District Attorneys before my Con Artist was made to stand trial.
On Jan 9th 2019 Marianne Smyth was found GUILTY in Los Angeles Criminal Court of scamming me out of $91,784. The jury deliberated a total of 3 hours and convicted her of Grand Theft by Inducement. Four victims testified against her. And a mountain of irrefutable evidence was presented by the prosecution. Smyth did not testify in her own defense and had no witnesses testify on her behalf. She sat in court with no emotion on her face. No remorse. No regret. As witness after witness told the court how she scammed them.
After the guilty verdict, the jury left the courtroom and cuffs were slapped on Smyth's wrists as she was led away to jail. The judge sentenced her to 5 years behind bars. She'll have to serve at least 2.5 years; unless she's a problem inmate then they'll make her serve the full five.
If you've been a victim of Marianne Smyth email me. I can help you.
Email: TheConHunter@gmail.com Or Call/Text 213-394-2488
CLICK HERE to watch. You'll learn how I hunted down Con Artist Marianne "Mair" Smyth and put her in jail - while uncovering 45 others she scammed all over the world. A bunch of her victims speak publicly for the first time EVER on this show. Including her ex-husband. Think you know Marianne Smyth? This episode of 'The Con' will blow your mind.
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