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... 



I've harnessed EVERY imaginable resource at my disposal for the past two and a half years to ferret out the elaborate cons of Marianne 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: Or Call/Text 213-394-2488

Her fantastic past

Like most professional Con Artists...

EVERYTHING Marianne Smyth told people about her life was a lie used to further her cons. She targeted friends, clients and blackmailed married men she had affairs with.

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 . 

Marianne Smyth also has a trail of felonies for Fraud and Grand Theft in Florida and Tennessee under the alias "Marianne Welch". 

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.

Dating apps, day jobs and her psychic business were the tools of her malevolence. 

Faking illnesses to get out of paying rent and scamming Social Security and Unum Insurance to fraudulently collect disability are other tried and true tricks in her arsenal of cons. 

Even running out of nail salons without paying is apparently just par for the course for Convicted Felon Marianne Smyth. 

Finally the press is picking up on the story of how she scammed me and dozens of others. 

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.    Or Call/Text 213-394-2488


Con Artist Uses Crutches as Crutch

When Con Artist Marianne Smyth showed up to court on crutches for her preliminary hearing, an obvious attempt to curry sympathy from the judge, it left bystanders laughing at her latest scam. KABC Eyewitness News Reporter Rob Hayes was at the courthouse and confronted the accused con artist. 

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by Katie Killkenny


When 'American Ninja Warrior' producer Johnathan  Walton began to suspect his best friend — whom he'd loaned nearly $70,000 — was not the royal she claimed, he launched an investigation that uncovered dozens of alleged victims...



“I can help,” she said, with a charismatic sparkle in her eye...

And I was hooked. 

I had no idea that she was an international con artist on the run from authorities and that I was about to become one of her many “marks”. 

Over the next four years, I would fall HARD for one of the oldest cons in the book: The Inheritance Scam. 

But this wasn’t some Nigerian Prince soliciting me through email. This was a delightful and lovable woman, who inextricably inserted herself into my life and became my best friend. 

I’m a happily married gay man so she couldn’t use sex to ensnare me. Her techniques were far more cunning. She scammed nearly $100,000 out of me using a series of brilliant confidence tricks, as she destroyed my sense of self and irrevocably darkened my once joyful outlook.

And as she was scamming me, she was scamming dozens of others around the world by impersonating psychics, mortgage brokers, psychologists, lawyers, travel agents and even cancer victims.

While on the run, she used plastic surgery to alter her appearance and is almost unrecognizable from one crime to the next in these images I dug up.

She was a true "Queen of The Con" and she unwittingly turned me into a relentless vigilante. As I somehow found the strength I didn’t know I had to pick myself up from the wreckage of bankruptcy and the despondent mess she left me in - to fight back. I refused to go ‘gentle into that good night.’ I started my own exhaustive investigation into her scams, uncovered 45 other victims and brought her, kicking and screaming, to justice

Today she’s sitting in a jail cell in Los Angeles County wondering how on earth she became the victim - of one of her own victims. 

Allow me to explain.

She introduced herself as "Mair Smyth" in May of 2013. “I can help.” she said to the angry neighbors gathered in my living room. Our apartment building had just lost use of our swimming pool due to a legal spat with a neighboring building. “My boyfriend is a lawyer and he can help us get the pool back!” she enthusiastically bragged to the wrapt crowd. 

I liked her immediately. We all did. She was brash. Funny. Extremely intelligent and outspoken. Ironically, she came off as a woman who always “Told it like it is.” Mair Smyth would end up scamming me, as well as two other neighbors who were there that night. We just never saw it coming.

After the meeting, Mair invited my husband and I out to dinner. And it quickly became a routine. Over the next year she wined and dined us at fancy restaurants and always insisted on paying. “I love you guys!” she’d convincingly plead. “I have a lot of money let me pay.” 

Mair said she was from Ireland originally and pointed to a framed document hanging in her living room. “This is the Irish Constitution. See that signature at the bottom? That’s my great Uncle.” Since my knowledge of Ireland was scant, I believed her. I had no idea it was fake.

She had a penchant for wearing Jimmy Choos, those $1200 designer shoes. She showed me a pair and then pointed to her closet which housed 250 others.“ That’s $300,000 in shoes alone!” I thought to myself. But those were fake too. Projecting wealth was part of her ruse. Even her Ice Bucket Challenge video was shot by her personal “Massage Therapist”.

We’d hang out almost every evening in our BBQ area, exchanging intimacies under the cool LA sky. She’d bring me Irish tea and pastries and regale me with stories of how when she was a young girl, her Irish grandmother (who was in the IRA) would teach Mair to hide on top of a bridge and hurl molotov cocktails down on British soldiers. I was riveted. But those were all lies too. 

When I tearfully confided in her that part of my family had disowned me for being gay, she pounced like a ravenous cheetah. “My family disowned me too!” she revealed, as she fought back tears. “They’re trying to get me disinherited.” All of a sudden we weren’t just new friends — we were two discarded souls bonding over our painful family circumstances.

Mair told me the patriarch of her family recently died. And her cousins were dividing up a $25 million euro estate. She was supposed to get $5 million euros as her share, the equivalent of $6.5 million US dollars at the time. As months passed, she’d frequently show me angry text messages and emails from her Irish cousins threatening that she won’t get a dime, and she would ask me: “How should I respond?” 

I didn’t realize she actually created those online phone and email accounts herself to impersonate her “cousins.”

Mair said she left Ireland years before and took a lot of family money with her. She never needed to work. But claimed she enjoyed working. So she got a job selling luxury vacations in Los Angeles at Pacific Islands Travel. She said her family did a lot of business with them and that’s why she was able to secure employment there so easily. 

14 months into our friendship Mair Smyth and I were like brother and sister. “I love you,” was how we ended each phone call. She told me her “barristers” were hitting snags trying to secure her inheritance. I had to google what a “barrister” was. Turns out, It’s what they call lawyers in Ireland. Nice touch, huh? The “barristers” warned her about a clause in her Uncle’s will that stated: should any family member be convicted of a felony, they would forfeit their $6.5 million inheritance. 

Mair Smyth was brilliantly laying out the exoskeleton of her con in such exquisite detail that what happened next was truly unbelievable. Instead of her telling me the con, she got me to tell her!

“You better be careful,” I cautioned. “Since your family does a lot of business with the travel agency you work for, they might try and set you up to get you convicted of a felony to keep your inheritance!” 

July. A few months later. My phone rings. 

“You have a collect call from: ‘It’s Mair’ an inmate at The Century Regional Detention Facility, press one to accept” the computerized voice said.

I quickly pressed ‘one.’ 

“You were right!” she sobbed. “I was arrested today. My family set me up to make it look like I stole $200,000 from Pacific Islands Travel.”

“I told you this would happen!” I yelled into the phone. I was distraught. I quickly found a bail bondsman and paid him $4,200 to get her out of jail. That’s when I first learned that her legal name was ‘Marianne Smyth’ not ‘Mair Smyth’.

She paid me back the $4200 the very next day. Or rather, the married man she was dating at the time paid me back the next day. Little did I (or he) know:  she was in the process of scamming him out of $80,000. 

As months passed, she’d show me emails from her “lawyers” talking about how the bogus criminal case against her was falling apart. I had no idea those were from fake email accounts she created too. 

Almost three years into our friendship, she told me the DA in her case froze her bank accounts. She was devastated. So I started lending her money. I mean, she had already paid me back the $4,200 I used to bail her out of jail right? So I felt confident she’d pay me back any other money I loaned her. 

The term “con artist” is short for “confidence artist” because they skillfully use your confidence in them to scam you.

Over the course of several months I loaned her almost $15,000. You’d think I was worried. But I wasn’t at all. I thought I was about to be best friends with a millionaire. At least, that’s what all the emails from her “barristers” said.  

Suddenly, Mair called me one day and said the DA was now demanding $50,000 for his expenses to dismiss the criminal case against her. I didn’t have $50,000 in cash. But I did have an 840 credit score. So I let her charge my credit cards $50,000 to get the criminal case against her dropped so she could secure her $6.5 million inheritance and pay me back. 

A few months later, I found out Mair Smyth was heading to jail again. I was shocked. But I’m guessing you’re not at this point. 

She said the judge in her case considered her charging my credit cards “money laundering” and punished her with 30 days in jail. It was just a “slap on the wrist." she insisted. It was not a felony. She assured me, as soon as she gets out she’ll get her inheritance and pay me back in full. And showed me emails and texts from her lawyers as proof.

She called me collect from jail everyday and begged me not to visit her. “I don’t want you to see me like this.” But I insisted. So I logged onto the jail’s website to schedule a visit and that’s when her house of cards came crashing down. And the true devastation she wrought on my life started to reveal itself. 

It said on the jail’s website - plain as day - that she was arrested for “Felony Grand Theft.” This was no slap on the wrist. 

I took the day off of work and rushed down to the courthouse. With trembling hands, I started reviewing all the records from her case. The truth hit me over the head like a lead pipe. She was lying to me about everything. 

I suddenly couldn’t breathe. 

That $50,000 I let her put on my credit cards was to really pay a $40,000 guilty plea agreement to a felony grand theft charge for stealing more than $200,000 from Pacific Islands Travel. 

I discovered the prosecution did not freeze her bank accounts. There was no wealthy Irish family or inheritance. She's not even Irish. Those were all lies she used to scam me. 

I went home and collapsed in my husbands arms. I didn’t cry. I wailed. The pain and regret washed over me like a slow-moving hurricane. “How could I let this happen to us?” I rhetorically sobbed over and over again. My tears drenched his shirt. I was inconsolable. 

Eventually my raw ache and pain was replaced by a driving anger and rage to  “do something!” 

First, I confronted Mair in the parking lot outside our apartment building the day she was released from jail. I told her I knew she wasn’t Irish. I knew no one froze her bank accounts. I knew there was no inheritance. She emphatically denied everything. “That’s not true, Johnathan! That’s not true!” she pleaded over and over again as tears streamed down her face.

But I had finally learned that those tears, like everything else in her life, were a complete fabrication. And I was done believing anything she had to say. I balled up my fists. Clenched my jaw. And walked away. We never spoke again. 

I went to the police days later in March 2017 and filed a report. The officer interviewing me seemed skeptical that there was anything they could do. “Don’t give strangers your money.” were his parting words. 

So I started my own investigation. 

I discovered Mair Smyth was born poor as "Marianne Andle” in Maine and graduated from Bangor High in 1987. I dug up her yearbook. She later moved to Tennessee, where as a young woman, according to her estranged family, she told everyone in town she had breast cancer and scammed her friends and neighbors out of thousands for “treatments.” They said Mair was oddly obsessed with wanting to be Irish. So much so, that back in 2000 she went to Northern Ireland on vacation and ended up staying nine years and marrying a local. 

I started an online blog about what happened to me and quickly realized; In the same way that wooden stakes kill vampires and silver bullets kill werewolves - internet publicity kills con artists. I began turning my pain into a profound sense of purpose - a calling from God - as Mair’s other victims from all over the world began contacting me.

A Police Detective in Northern Ireland called me. Authorities in Belfast have been looking for Marianne Smyth for years. She worked in mortgages back in 2008 and scammed $500,000 from 26 people - then vanished. 

The wealthy guy she was currently dating called me. Mair was in the process of drawing up paperwork for him to add her name to the title of his two Newport Beach homes - in exchange for her adding his name to this $12 million mansion she was about to “buy” with her $25 million “inheritance”.

She scammed $10,000 from another victim by impersonating a psychologist. 

And conned an LA politician out of $80,000 by impersonating a wealthy industrialist, a former mistress and some angry Irish relatives.  

She even tricked our landlord out of $12,000 in rent by pretending to have cancer.

I did some sleuthing and discovered Mair did have low blood iron and would purposely avoid iron-rich foods so she could strategically get admitted into hospitals for iron transfusions. While sitting in a real hospital bed for a few hours, she’d ask a nurse to take her picture and then email that picture to victims to better sell her cancer story. She used this cancer scam a lot. 

Other victims pointed me to Mair’s still active “SugarDaddyForMe” profile where she’d enter into 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.  

Mair Smyth used 23 different aliases to scam people. In this video she goes by"Mair Aine" as she tries to convince people she's psychic. Yup! She worked as a psychic for years, scamming the most vulnerable of victims, using their innermost secrets and confidences against them. 

She’d also been charged with felonies for Fraud and Grand Theft in Florida and Tennessee under the alias “Marianne Welch.”

The Los Angeles Police Department spent 11 months investigating my case. I called them every day and became a huge pain in their ass. When you’re the victim of a crime, if you don’t call the police every day about your case, your paperwork gets buried under a thousand other cases and eventually gets forgotten.

Finally, in early 2018 she was arrested and charged with scamming me. And then released on her own recognizance - which was a huge mistake, because one month before trial, Mair had another brilliant con up her sleeve. She filed a fraudulent restraining order against me; claiming I was threatening her with violence. I was forced to lose another $1500 to her scams by hiring an attorney to fight this legal artifice.

"If a judge grants her the restraining order, you would be prevented from testifying against her at her criminal trial." the attorney explained. I was apoplectic. 

"Could this be her checkmate move?" I feared.


Thankfully, a prudent judge dismissed her fraudulent restraining order. And her criminal trial proceeded as scheduled.

Four victims testified against her at trial in early 2019. And a mountain of irrefutable evidence was presented by the prosecution. Smyth shockingly did not testify in her own defense. 

As witness after witness told the court how she scammed them, she sat there emotionless. And that was probably her biggest ‘tell’ to the jury. As brilliant an actress as Marianne Smyth proved herself to be while she was conning people - remarkably, she did not know how to “act” innocent. 

Even when TV News cameras confronted her months before trial, she appeared remorseless.

The only defense her slick attorney made to the jury, ad nauseum, was that I was making the whole thing up and getting all the other witnesses (people I didn’t even know before Marianne Smyth scammed me) to lie under oath, so I could make a compelling documentary about it. And he was terrifyingly believable. 

He asked me on the stand why I was making a documentary. "I want to warn people about her." I responded stridently. "By the time I'm done with Marianne Smyth, the world will know her face so she can never scam anyone again."  

Testifying at trial was particularly grueling, as the DA went point by point over each dollar Mair scammed from me. Having to re-live that in front of a jury of strangers blinded me with a searing rage and at times filled me with an all-consuming regret. 

I was an emotional wreck.

I spent two years doggedly pursuing Marianne Smyth. It consumed me and took a considerable toll on my life. I had to file for bankruptcy because of what she did to me. And the 24 court appearances I made before the actual trial meant I had to miss a lot of work and lose even more money because of her. Not to mention the cost of hiring six private investigators in multiple states and countries to ferret out all her scams. 

But damn, it was worth it.

On Jan 9th, 2019, Marianne Smyth was found guilty of scamming me out of $91,784. She was sentenced to 5 years in jail.

Out of the 45 victims I uncovered during my investigation, only two of them, that I know of, ever reported her to police. And that enabled her to continue scamming people years before she met me. Most of her victims are too ashamed to tell anyone what happened to them. I’m ashamed too. But my desire to stop her from hurting other people is much stronger than my shame. 

I’m forever changed by my experience of getting conned by Marianne Smyth. I’m now suspicious of everyone and everything. I subscribe to multiple criminal databases and I background check EVERYONE. I often will suss out even the most minuscule inconsistencies in someone’s story upon meeting them and throw it in their face, demanding an explanation. 

Making new friends is not something I’m good at anymore.

If you’d like to avoid entanglements with con artists, my advice to you is this: the next time a complete stranger offers to "help" you with something… Tell them to go fuck themself.

BEEN SCAMMED? E-MAIL ME:  Or Call/Text 213-394-2488

Johnathan Walton

Other Victims' Stories...


“Thank you so much. Your blog saved me from her.” were the first words out of Bob’s mouth back in April 2017 when he called me. 

Bob was Mair’s last known boyfriend and was on the fast track to becoming one of her biggest victims. Mair was actually in the process of drawing up paperwork for Bob to add her name to the title of his two homes. Thankfully, someone printed out my blog about Mair being a con artist and showed it to him. When he brought it home to confront her, she didn't say a word in response. She just ran out of his house and never came back. 

Mair met Bob on Tinder in late 2016. On their 1st date, after the recently divorced Bob confided in her that he wished he had a better custody arrangement with his kids. Mair told him, as luck would have it, she worked as a “730 expert” which is a court appointed child custody investigator. And she offered to “help” Bob get a better custody arrangement with his kids. That’s how con artists gain entry into your life. They offer to help you. 

For the record, Mair was not a "730 expert”. She was just a resourceful sociopath on the hunt for her next victim. 

Soon Bob started receiving text messages from “Heba” an attorney that was supposedly working with Mair to help Bob with his custody situation. Turns out… Mair was using a google phone number to impersonate Heba, who is actually a real attorney in Los Angeles and the sister of a former client of Mair’s psychic business. 

Yup. Mair worked as a Psychic for several years in Los Angeles. It provided her with a revolving door of fresh victims. Sadly, most of them will never go to police. 

As for Bob’s situation…wouldn’t you know, Heba claims via text to Bob (and Mair corroborates in person) that they have found a ton of dirt on Bob’s ex-wife. So Mair, posing as Heba via text claims to have tapped his ex-wife’s cell phone and is doing deep surveillance on her. Mair and Heba via text tell Bob his ex-wife is running a BDSM sex club out of her house while Bob’s kids are in the next room. Bob is alarmed. But he’s also happy at the thought of getting full custody of his kids and rescuing them from this supposed “sex club” house.

Of course this was all a fantastic story Mair created to get closer to Bob. And it worked. And there were other stories too. 

Mair knew Bob and his son were huge hockey fans so she told him her good friend was Garth Snow, the GM of the New York Islanders. Mair would show Bob text messages from Garth to prove it. And eventually Bob started getting text messages from Garth too. Bob was pretty disappointed when Garth, who was supposed to meet him at his church one day… never showed up. “Something came up.” Garth texted Bob to cancel. Something always came up. Something always does when you’re dealing with a figment of Mair’s imagination. Bob later realized It was Mair who was impersonating Garth Snow via texts and emails the whole time. 

Mair also told Bob about her wealthy Irish family and about a $25 million inheritance she was going to receive soon. And Bob, like the other people she scammed, believed her. Why wouldn't he? She had laid the groundwork flawlessly. 

One day, Mair drives Bob to  this $12 million house  in Newport Beach. She says she’s going to buy it soon with her inheritance money. And she wants to put Bob’s name on the title and co-own it with him. She contracted a realtor and actually looked at the home a dozen times with Bob. She even ordered a home inspection and put an offer in writing on the home… because she told Bob her 25 million dollar inheritance was coming any day.  

“That’s crazy” Bob told her about the idea of adding his name to her new home. “If our relationship goes south I’ll own $6 million worth of your home! That’s not right.” Bob said. “I can’t live with that.” To which Mair artfully replied “OK. If you put my name on the title of both the homes you own we’ll be even.” So Mair drew up papers to get Bob to add her name to the title of his two homes. Then fate intervened. 

Bob’s ex-wife was becoming extremely curious about the woman suddenly in her ex-husband’s life. Mair was spending more and more time with Bob’s kids. So she googled “Mair Smyth” and found my blog online. She was gobsmacked. She quickly printed it out and shared it with Bob in person. When Bob got home, he handed Mair the the printed blog. She looked at it for a second in stunned silence. And then she suddenly ran out of his house, as if someone was going to chase her - and never came back.  

If Bob had put Mair's name on the title of the two homes he owns, she would have legally owned them too. And he'd have to pay to "buy" them back from her. Or spend years in court trying to prove he was scammed. Because it does take years. Ask me how I know.  


Sarah was Bob's nanny that "Mair" aka "Marianne Smyth" got fired by telling Bob she's a drunk and a bunch of other crazy made-up stories to paint her as irresponsible and untrustworthy. Smyth wanted Sarah out of the picture so Bob would lean on Smyth to help with his kids so she could better insert herself into his life and take his two homes in Newport Beach. 

Sarah took care of those children since they were babies and being fired devastated her. Smyth then "hired" Sarah as an apprentice to her life coaching scam. And let her listen to her clients' recorded sessions without their consent, unbeknownst to Sarah. Of course Smyth was not really a Psychologist or Therapist. She pretended to be so that she could "treat" patients, get all their personal information and secrets and use to scam them.  

Also... to get Sarah to move on and not beg for her job back... Mair included me, Johnathan Walton, in her scam. I'm a TV Producer. So Smyth told Sarah I was looking to hire a tutor to be on set for some kid and that it was part of a reality show so she'd be on camera. In reality I was producing a Travel Channel series called "Booze Traveler" at the time featuring zero kids and was certainly not looking for a tutor. 


Andrew is a wealthy Los Angeles politician and partner in a huge estate planning law firm who met Mair on one of those “cheat-on-your-wife” websites. Mair convinced him her wealthy Irish Uncle was dissolving a billion dollar family trust and wanted to leave the bulk of the estate to his wayward gay son who was living in California; who the uncle had cast out 20 years prior. Mair led Andrew to believe her uncle would hire him to handle the trust. Her "uncle" texted and emailed Andrew frequently explaining the particulars of the billion dollar trust he wanted to hire his firm to set up. In reality, it was Mair texting and emailing Andrew impersonating her "uncle" (who didn't really exist) by using a series of online google accounts she cleverly created to scam people.

I don’t know how much money Andrew thought he would make from handling a billion dollar trust but it must have been considerable because whenever Mair needed, say, $25,000, to add a new roof to one her estates in Ireland because her money was tied up in CDs, Andrew was happy to oblige. Or when she needed $4200 to pay me back for bailing her out of jail - he was there with cash the next day. 

Early in their relationship Andrew made the fatal mistake of confiding in Mair that he once had a crazy mistress named Jen, years before he met Mair. So right when Andrew was running for reelection, Mair impersonated this crazy mistress using fake email accounts and texts from online phone numbers and threatened to go public with evidence of their past affair to destroy Andrew’s chances of winning his election. 

So the real Mair, pretending to be a supportive girlfriend, agreed to "help" her married politician boyfriend by hand delivering $50,000 in cash to this past mistress as hush money. Of course, Mair had help from her Irish cousins Fintan, Dairmuid and Tristan - who in reality were other fake online identities Mair created using fraudulent e-mail accounts and online phone numbers to communicate with the married politician. Andrew would later find out that it was Mair impersonating his former mistress Jen all along. 

In total Mair scammed more than $80,000 from Andrew. But do you think he went to police?   


Mair impersonated a psychologist and scammed Heather into taking fake life coaching and therapy sessions from her. Mair then used the intimate details she gleaned from Heather’s “sessions” to scam her. For instance, she tricked Heather into believing that the guy Heather was head-over-heels in love with was also taking life coaching classes from Mair. He of course was not. 

But that didn’t stop Mair from impersonating this guy using online phone numbers and fake email accounts - all in an effort to trick Heather into believing he was. Mair kept reiterating to Heather that if she just took more life coaching sessions and more therapy sessions Mair would be able to broker a romance between them. 

$10,000 later, Heather realized it was a scam. The guy Heather was in love with had never even heard of Mair Smyth. 

Heather was devastated and embarrassed. And Mair proved herself once again to be a master manipulator of human emotion. A woman as heartless as she is creative and “Impersonating a Doctor” got added to her long list of felony exploits. 

Heather was the only one of the dozen or so other "clients" Smyth scammed with her fraudulent "Life Coaching" racket who had the strength and the courage to report Mair to police.  All her other victims begged me not to mention their names. Which of course enables Smyth to keep scamming people. The LAPD is investigating.


Marcy is a wealthy West Palm Beach housewife who met Smyth on a psychic hotline. They quickly struck up a friendship. They'd meet in New York City on girls-only vacations. Marcy had no idea she was being targeted by Smyth. Marcy's husband filed for divorce from Marcy citing Smyth scamming her out of $150,000 as one of his grievances. Neither Marcy nor her husband reported Smyth to police. 


I was Mair’s neighbor for years but I had no idea that she got out of paying rent for many months by convincing the manager of our apartment building that she had cancer and that she was frequently in the hospital getting either surgery or chemotherapy. Our building manager felt sorry for her, as any human being would. And Mair skipped out on paying more than $12,000 in rent over the course of 5 months. Who would lie about having cancer? In actuality, this cancer bit was just a recycled scam Mair had used with much success in her youth, according to her estranged family. 

Mair did have low blood iron and from time to time would purposely not eat iron-rich foods so she could strategically go to the hospital for Iron transfusions. While she was sitting in a real hospital bed for a few hours, she’d ask a nurse to take her picture and use that picture to email and text people to trick them into believing she was getting treatment for cancer. I discovered she used this cancer trick on a lot of people. 


Smyth conned 2 neighbors in my building using the same Irish Inheritance scam she used on me. She took one neighbor for $5000. And another one for $2000. Both neighbors do not want to go to police. They wish to remain anonymous and want to put the whole ordeal behind them. 


Ned is a patient at a facility for the mentally ill. Smyth faked mental illness to get room and board at that facility when the law began catching up to her. It was the perfect hiding place. Ned was living off his Social Security and Veteran's Benefits. Smyth targeted Ned, who is in his 70's and in poor health and convinced him she was in love with him and wanted to marry him. Smyth also pretended to suffer from the same mental illness as Ned which bonded them even closer. One day Ned noticed the legal name on one of Smyth's prescription bottles did not match the name she had given him. While Ned is mentally ill, he's not stupid. So he googled her legal name, found my blog, discovered she was a con artist and dumped her. If Smyth had been able to execute her scam and marry Ned - after his death, she would have collected his social security and his veterans benefits as a living spouse FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.  


Mair "Marianne Smyth" told the guy she was dating for a couple months, Chris, that she was good friends with Jennifer Aniston. And she'd show him text messages from Aniston to prove it. Since Chris worked in TV Production Mair was telling him Jennifer freaking Aniston was interested in working with him. It was great bait to be sure. But Chris eventually figured out those Jennifer Aniston text messages were actually coming from a Google Voice account that Mair herself created to text HERSELF as Jennifer Aniston. Then he dumped her. He figured it was a major red flag. BOY DID HE DODGE A BULLET. Smyth's con in this case never got off the ground. 


Mair "Marianne Smyth", met Jonathan on Tinder. He's a well to do businessman in LA. At one point, Mair, using another Google phone number, impersonated a client of hers, a Studio Exec, who worked at a big movie studio here in LA to try and get Jonathan, the wealthy guy she was dating to pay $15,000 to the studio exec for some tickets to a major awards show. His young daughter really wanted to go this star-studded awards show. And he was going to surprise her with tickets. The Studio Exec had no idea Mair was impersonating her and doing this. She has since hired a lawyer and is pursuing a case against Mair. Jonathan never actually handed over the $15,000 for the tickets. He got a weird feeling about it at the last second and changed his mind. But then, Mair, pretending to be The Studio Exec via text sent a lot of lewd sexual advances to Jonathan to create drama. 


Robert was dating Mair "Marianne Smyth" for a few months after meeting her on Tinder. He was the head of a non-profit foundation. Suddenly Robert started getting texts and emails from Mair's cousin "Fintan" offering to donate $100,000 to his foundation. He had no idea it was Mair impersonating "Fintan" the whole time. And that Mair was trying to steal his financial information in the process of the "donation". He eventually was able to figure out she was trying to con him and dumped her but he wouldn't tell me how he made that discovery. One of his best friends is a high ranking member of law enforcement so I suspect that had something to do with it.


Mair "Marianne Smyth" dated Michael for a few months on the cusp of 2016-2017. He's of Irish descent. And Mair convinced him she was dying of cancer and needed his help to take over her multimillion dollar trust in Ireland so he could take care of her daughter financially after she dies. Her cousin Fintan was arranging a trip to Ireland to meet Michael. Of course it was actually Mair emailing and texting Michael pretending to be "Fintan". At some point Michael got suspicious and dumped her. Then one of Fintan's hired guns (another character Smyth impersonated via text) told Michael that Smyth had died. LOL. Before her death she was pressuring Michael to send her his legal name and SS# etc. so she could help him get a passport to travel to Ireland. With Smyth's history of applying for credit cards in people's names and charging up thousands... it's a good thing Michael didn't give her any info. 


Marianne Smyth sold luxury vacations at Pacific Islands Travel for a couple years. She cleverly created a personal PayPal account using the words "Pacific Islands" in the name and took customer's vacation payments into her personal bank account. She eventually got busted by the cops and was convicted in a Los Angels courtroom for stealing close to $200,000 over 2 years. COURT RECORDS HERE




Maryville-raised con artist convicted in Los Angeles

1-11-19 - The Daily Times - Blount County, Tennessee

Marianne Smyth was an alleged con artist before Wednesday.

Now she is a convicted one.

A Los Angeles court has found the former Maryville woman guilty of grand theft after she stole more than $75,000 from a reality TV producer.

Johnathan Walton, a producer behind shows like “Shark Tank” and “American Ninja Warrior,” had been led to believe over the course of years that Smyth was a royal Irish woman being cheated by her estranged family out of an inheritance worth millions.

This was a story she leaked out slowly after meeting Walton in 2013. She treated him and his husband to lavish dinners and gifts, projecting an image of wealth she did not actually have.

And once she told him of her inheritance problems — explaining away complications related to real felony charges being pressed against her by a former employer — it was still 14 months before she asked Walton for any money.

Walton became suspicious after Smyth was put in jail. He found that not only was she convicted for embezzling close to $200,000, but through a private investigator, he found that almost everything she had told him was a lie.

Smyth was raised in Maryville, and through the years built a long rap sheet of fraud-related charges in Blount County and across the country — as well as Northern Ireland.

Walton was one of four victims to testify against Smyth in the grand theft trial.

In an email to The Daily Times, Walton said Smyth’s defense attorney argued that Walton was exaggerating his claims to make more compelling the documentary he is producing about the ordeal.

Walton says the jury took three hours to deliberate before declaring Smyth guilty.

“The past 22 months of pursuing this con artist has taken a toll on my life,” Walton wrote. “But now it feels like it’s all been worthwhile.”

Walton runs a website where he details his story and the accounts of others.

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