05/21/2018 - KABC Eyewitness News reporter Rob Hayes  in Los Angeles has the exclusive first story ever reported on Con Artist Marianne Smyth charged with Grand Theft for conning Reality TV Producer Johnathan Walton out of almost $100,000.

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5/25/2018 - When Con Artist Marianne Smyth showed up today in court with crutches, 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. 

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Maryville, Tennessee paper RUNS a STORY


Former Maryville woman accused of being international scam artist

6-7-18 - The Daily Times - Blount County, Tennessee

A former Maryville woman is set to appear in a Los Angeles court on charges of grand theft after she allegedly played an elaborate series of confidence tricks to steal more than $75,000 from a man over the course of years.

Marianne Elizabeth Smyth — who has at various points gone by Mairaine O’Clerigh, Marianne Andle and close to a dozen other aliases — is accused of being a lifelong con artist by Johnathan Walton, a reality TV producer behind shows like “Shark Tank” and “American Ninja Warrior.”

Walton met Smyth in 2013 and until last year believed she was a royal Irish woman being cheated out of an inheritance worth millions by her estranged family.

In reality, she was born in Maine and raised in Maryville, and had through the years racked up a long rap sheet of fraud-related charges across the country, including Blount County, records show.

Guilty in 2017 case

Walton’s suspicions were raised after Smyth was convicted in 2017 of embezzling close to $200,000 from her former employer, the L.A.-based travel agency After hiring a private investigator, he claimed he discovered the truth.

Now he is making a documentary about his ordeal and said he has found dozens of victims across the country.

Additionally, police in Northern Ireland are seeking Smyth after she allegedly conned several neighbors and an employer out of thousands of British pounds while she lived there for several years in the 2000s.

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