Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mair Smyth aka "Marianne Smyth" FAKED CANCER to avoid paying rent.

Many months when rent was due Mair Smyth aka "Marianne Smyth" would send an e-mail to our landlord saying she had cancer and was in the hospital getting either surgery or chemotherapy.

Our landlord felt sorry for her, as any decent human being would, and let Mair Smyth aka "Marianne Smyth" forego paying rent for months.

Eventually though, after many months, because our building is corporate owned, our landlord was forced to evict her. But she got out of paying more than $12,000 in rent using the cancer scam.

Who would lie about having cancer? Marianne Smyth.

If you're new to the blog... here's the background on Mair Smyth aka "Marianne Smyth"  


I'm a Journalist. Having worked in the news business for more than 10 years and won numerous awards for my reporting, I thought I had seen it all. 

That is, until Mair Smyth crossed my path. 

This blog is a journalistic chronicle of how Mair Smyth - legal name "Marianne Elizabeth Smyth" AKA "Marianne Smyth" - managed to scam $75,000 out of me and thousands more from many others.

Other Known Aliases: 
"Marianne Andle" 
"Marianne E. Andle" 
"Marianne Elizabeth Andle"
"Barianne E Welch" 
"Mariane Smyth"  
"Mariane E. Smyth"  
"Marianne E Andle" 
"Marianne E Welch"
"Marianne Welch"
"Marianne Elizabeth Welch"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mair Smyth aka "Marianne Smyth" SCAMMED $75,000 out of me... and thousands from other clients and friends

She was a neighbor and quickly became a best friend. Little did I know she was actually a professional con artist and I was one of her many "marks". 

She would end up scamming more than $75,000 from me and thousands more from many others. EVERYTHING she 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.

I would later learn she's a fugitive on the run wanted by Police in Northern Ireland for stealing hundreds of thousands from unsuspecting victims. 

She was also recently convicted of stealing $190,000 from her employer Pacific Islands. Click here for: Court Records and has a trail of felonies for Fraud and Grand Theft in Florida and Michigan.

Dating apps, day jobs and her psychic business were the tools of her malevolence. She even used her dead daughter, a daughter the courts took from her at a young age and a daughter who wanted nothing to do with her, to scam people out of money. 

I'm a Journalist. Having worked in the news business for more than 10 years and won numerous awards for my reporting, I thought I had seen it all. 

That is, until Mair Smyth crossed my path. 

This blog is a journalistic chronicle of how Mair Smyth - legal name "Marianne Elizabeth Smyth" AKA "Marianne Smyth" - managed to scam $75,000 out of me and thousands more from many others.


The woman pictured above is "Mair Smyth" AKA "Marianne Elizabeth Smyth" AKA "Marianne Smyth" from "Orchid Psychics" She's a felon on probation convicted in Los Angeles County of stealing and scamming $190,000 from her former employer Pacific 

Mair Smyth did prison time at Lynwood Correctional in LA County for her crime:

But she's out now... and scamming people by the day. She scammed me for $75,000. She scammed another friend, Heather, for $10,000, she scammed another friend who doesn't want to be named for $5,000. She scammed another friend Michalle for $5000 by fraudulently applying for credit cards in her name and charging them up.  She scammed yet another former friend Nina for $2000. And she scammed another former friend Sam for $900. The list is growing every day.



Bob was her last known boyfriend and almost her BIGGEST victim. Mair "Marianne Smyth" 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 and showed it to him and when he brought it home to confront Mair  "Marianne Smyth" (who was staying at his house for a few days) she didn't say a word, ran out of the house and never came back. 

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Mair "Marianne Smyth" met Bob on Tinder in late 2016. On their 1st or 2nd date, after Bob confided that he was in a custody battle with his ex-wife over his kids… Mair told him, as luck would have it, her day job was 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. Which of course was lie. In reality Mair was a Psychic for a company she created called "Orchid Psychics". Here's her yelp page:

So like all professional con artists do, she offered to "help" her next victim Bob from the very beginning in an effort to engender trust. And it worked like a charm. 

Soon Bob started receiving text messages from “Heba Matta” an attorney that was supposedly working with Mair 
"Marianne Smyth" to help Bob with his custody situation. Turns out… Mair was using a google number to impersonate Heba Matta, who is actually a real District Attorney in Los Angeles and the sister of a former client of Mair’s Orchid Psychics business, so that's how she knew just enough to impersonate Heba. 

This is the California State Bar's website showing that Heba Matta is actually a real person that Mair was impersonating to Bob.

Wouldn’t you know, Heba claims via text and Mair
 "Marianne Smyth" corroborates in person that they have found a ton of dirt on Bob’s ex-wife. Mair posing as Heba via text claims to have tapped the ex-wife’s cell phone and is doing intense surveillance on her. Mair and Heba via text told Bob his ex-wife was running a BDSM sex club out of her house while Bob’s kids were in the next room and a ton of other crazy stuff.  Bob is alarmed but pleased at the thought of getting full custody of his kids and rescuing them from that sex club house. Of course this was all a story Mair created to get closer to Bob.

"Marianne Smyth" knew Bob and his son were huge hockey fans so she told him her good friend is 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. Something came up. Something always came up. Something always does when you’re dealing with a figment of Mair’s imagination. Bob realized It was Mair who was impersonating Garth Snow the whole time.

So in Feb-March 2017 when Mair went to jail for 30 days of her 180 day jail sentence after being convicted of stealing from Pacific Islands… she explained her 30 day absence to Bob by saying that her Irish Uncle - Cardinal Richard F Clarke had just died and she had to make an emergency trip to Ireland and deal with everything. Bob was texting and e-mailing Mair while she was in Ireland (Jail) and Mair said the reason she never responded was that she was in mourning for a month. Didn't want to talk to anyone but be in prayer. First, she was going to the Vatican for a service by the Pope then his body was being taken back to Gallway for another service. Which of course was a fantastic LIE to continue stringing Bob along for the giant con soon to come. 

When she got back from “Ireland” (Jail) she said her apartment was flooded and she had nowhere to stay so Bob let her crash with him. In reality, she was evicted from her apartment 2 months prior, had no job and no money coming in.

And here's the biggest con yet... Mair 
"Marianne Smyth" tells Bob about her wealthy Irish family and the $25 million inheritance she’s going to receive soon. And Bob, like the other people she scammed, believed her. Why wouldn't he? One day Mair shows Bob a $12 million house she says she’s going to buy with her inheritance money. She says she wants to put Bob’s name on the title and co-own it with him.

For the record, Mair "Marianne Smyth" is not from Ireland. She was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Tennessee. There is no wealthy Irish family and there is no 25 million dollar inheritance. But she cleverly convinces Bob there is and that she'll be receiving her 25 million dollar inheritance any day now and that she wants to buy a 12 million dollar home and put Bob's name in it because she loves him. 

“That’s crazy” Bob says. “If our relationship goes south I’ll own $6 million worth of your home! That’s not right.” Bob says. To which Mair artfully replies “OK. If you put my name on the title of both the homes you own we’ll be even.” So Mair drew up papers and was about to get Bob to put her name on the title of the two homes he owns when fate intervened in the form of Bob's ex-wife. 

Bob’s ex-wife wanted to check out the woman in her ex-husband’s life because Mair was about to formally meet their kids… that’s when his ex-wife found my blog online by googling "Mair Smyth" - printed it out and shared it with Bob... who then came home and confronted  Mair.. who then immediately ran out of the house and left without saying a word.

Bob said all he ever paid for was hotel rooms for her. She explained her lack of funds to him by saying I had charged up all her cards and ruined her finances while she was in Ireland. (Jail) 

Turns out... Bob was supposed to be the BIG CATCH. Can you imagine if he had put Mair's  "Marianne Smyth's" name on the title of the two homes he owns!!!! She would own them. And he'd have to pay her out to "buy" them back from him. 

Mair "Marianne Smyth" was dating a married local politician for a few years. Early in their relationship he confided that he once had a crazy mistress named Jen years before Mair "Marianne Smyth". So right when he was running for an election, Mair "Marianne Smyth" impersonated this crazy mistress named Jen using fake email accounts and texts from google phone numbers and then threatened to go public with their past affair to destroy the politician's chances of winning his election. So Mair "Marianne Smyth" 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 in another state and get a non-disclosure agreement signed by Jen the former mistress. The politician later found out that it was Mair "Marianne Smyth" impersonating former mistress Jen all along and shortly there after he dumped her. But he never reported it to police or tried to file charges for obvious reasons. And that's how she keeps getting away with her scams. FYI... that nondisclosure agreement is null and void because the real "Jen" never actually signed it. Only the fake "Jen" aka Marianne Smyth, who at that point had an extra $50,000 cash to spend on horrendous plastic surgery that left her arms, legs and stomach looking grotesque. 

Years before Bob, she claimed to be dating her version of Big (Sex and the City references anyone?) for nine years. But I interviewed Big at length, he wants to conceal his identity, and Big only knew Mair "Marianne Smyth" for 4 years. Big eventually wanted nothing to do with her after he discovered all the text messages and e-mails he was supposedly receiving from her "wealthy family" in Ireland dangling a lucrative job offer that never seemed to pan out were actually coming from fake google voice accounts and fake e-mail accounts that Mair created. By then she had scammed 21K from him... most of it going to repair a roof on one of her many estates in Ireland. Which was another lie Mair invented. Big would later learn Mair wasn't even from Ireland. She was born in Bangor, Maine. During their association, Mair told Big she was good friends with Jennifer Aniston, and showed him text messages from Jennifer to prove it... a story she would use again and again with many other victims.

Mair "Marianne Smyth" told Chris she was good friends with Jennifer Aniston too.  And she'd show him text messages from Aniston to prove it... well 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 WAS HE RIGHT.

Mair "Marianne Smyth", 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 for some tickets to an awards show. The Studio Exec had no idea Mair was doing this. She has since hired a lawyer and is pursuing a case against Mair for impersonating her. Jonathan never actually handed over the $15,000. He got a weird feeling about it at the last second and changed his mind. But Mair, pretending to be The Studio Exec via text sent a lot of lewd sexual advances to Jonathan to create drama. When The Studio Exec found this out she was FURIOUS.

Robert was dating Mair "Marianne Smyth" for a few months then dumped her after he discovered she was using Google Phone Numbers to text him and other people in his life to cause drama. He would then see her in his neighborhood at all hours stalking him so he filed a restraining order. After he dumped her all his drama went away. 

"MAIR SMYTH" AKA "MARIANNE ELIZABETH SMYTH"  aka "Marianne Smyth"  is also running a scam now on Go Fund me where she's using her dead daughter to "raise" money


I talked to Mair's family recently back in Tennessee and learned Mair was a HORRIBLE mother who abandoned her daughters, Chelsea and Courtney, for YEARS.

What’s funny is her family doesn’t know her as "Mair" they know her as "Marianne Smyth" They have no idea why Marianne changed her name, though not officially, to Mair but they suspect it was to avoid any association to her previous life in Tennessee and elsewhere. 

According to Mair's family, Mair "Marianne Smyth"  has been a lying, cheating, con artist ever since she was born. Mair's family HATES her because of it and they want NOTHING to do with her.

Mair's brother said "If I see Mair I'm going to shoot her in the head." And he's not kidding. He really would. And who could blame him at this point.

According to her family, Mair NEVER went to Northwestern University or graduated college or University of any kind. 

Mair "Marianne Smyth" has never told her family or Chelsea who Chelsea’s biological father is. Over the years the stories have changed. At one point Mair said he was dead… then she’d say he's a professional Hockey Player… then she’d say he's Black… then she’d say he's married with kids.

After Chelsea was born, Mair "Marianne Smyth"  disappeared for the first 6 or 7 years of her life. That's why Mair's parents were awarded custody of Chelsea. Then when Mair showed back up she got joint custody.

Mair "Marianne Smyth" was born in Maine and grew up in Tennessee but Mair was obsessed with wanting to be Irish. So much so Mair sought out Irish guys online and started a long distance relationship with one. When Chelsea was 11, Mair wanted to go visit Ireland on vacation to see this guy. And she wanted to take Chelsea with her. So she did. 

Then when Chelsea and Mair "Marianne Smyth" were in Ireland supposedly on vacation, Mair "Marianne Smyth"  forced Chelsea to call her grandparents and tell them, "This is not a vacation after all. We're moving here permanently" That's when Chelsea really started to loath her mother. Mair eventually married the Irish guy, Stephen Smyth, she met online.  Mair kept the Smyth name after the divorce. Chelsea and her stepfather had a close relationship.

Seven years later, Chelsea turned 18 and she insisted on moving back to Tennessee. She hated Ireland and hated her mother for kidnapping her and forcing her to live there. And on the day Chelsea was leaving, Mair "Marianne Smyth"  at the last second changed her mind and moved back to Tennessee with her daughter. Chelsea was furious because she was trying to get away from Mair "Marianne Smyth" . Chelsea asked her stepdad "Why the sudden change of plans?" And he replied "Your mother is not safe in Ireland anymore. People want to kill her. She has to move." Apparently Mair had her own mortgage broker business in Ireland. So you can just imaginethe grand scams she was running with people's money and why those people would want to kill her for it. 

After that, Chelsea didn't see her mother "Marianne Smyth"  again until a couple years ago in LA when Pablo and I met her and she got the false impression that Mair had turned her life around. Meanwhile Mair "Marianne Smyth" was really in the process of scamming us and our neighbors and all the “friends” she’d meet in LA.

The family said as far back as they can remember, Mair "Marianne Smyth"  has never worked for anything. She wants money and the trappings of wealth but never wanted to put in the effort. She just lied and cheated her way through life. 

Another lie Mair "Marianne Smyth" told her family in Tennessee was that she had breast cancer. She never did. Mair just used that story to gain sympathy and scam people back home. They said Mair was always pretending to be sick with something.

Mair's other daughter, Courtney, in particular HATED Mair. Mair "Marianne Smyth"  had lost custody of Courtney almost immediately after she was born. Courtney was raised by her father and her father's family. When Mair was living in Ireland with the Smyth guy she married, she lied and told him Courtney had died years before. That way, she wouldn't have to explain why she lost custody of Courtney and what a lying, cheating, screw-up of a mother and human being she is. But one day, the Smyth guy saw an instant message pop up on Mair's computer screen from Courtney and busted Mair in her lie. Courtney was in fact alive. Mair just never had custody of her and wasn't allowed to see her and didn't want the Smyth guy to know why. I'm sure that led the Smyth guy to bust Mair in a thousand other lies. Mair drove him INSANE with her lies and cons.

Mair "Marianne Smyth" even had an urn of fake ashes labeled "Courtney" she'd use as a prop in her apartment, so clients and friends would see it when they visited.

Courtney did eventually die of Cystic Fibrosis. But on her deathbed, she BEGGED her sister Chelsea to "Promise me you'll never have any contact with mom ever again". So yes Courtney died of Cystic Fibrosis, but Mair wasn't there for that. And Mair never raised her. That's why none of us have ever seen any pictures of Mair with Courtney!!! Mair has only used her daughter's death to gain sympathy so she can scam people for money like with that GoFundMe page where she raised more that $16,000 FOR HERSELF while pretending the money went to Cystic Fibrosis.


Back in July 2013 I met convicted felon Marianne Elizabeth Smyth AKA “Mair Smyth” aka "Marianne Smyth" at Bunker Hill Towers. She was my neighbor and she quickly became one of my best friends. But in reality, I was just her next “mark” I had no idea about all the financial crimes she was accused and would be convicted of.

LA County Court records are here showing her conviction for stealing more than $100,000 from her former employer Pacific Islands.Com - She is currently out of jail and on probation.

When I met Marianne Elizabeth Smyth aka "Marianne Smyth" , she claimed she stood to inherit millions of dollars because her family’s trust in Ireland was being dissolved. She said her Uncle died and the family was dividing up the $25 million estate. She said she would get $5 million. She said her family in Ireland owned a lot of land. And one of her great uncles actually signed the Irish constitution. She said they were a very powerful political family with IRA connections. But she said her family hated her, especially her cousin Finton and there’s a clause in the trust that if any heir is convicted of a felony they will forfeit the inheritance. She established this story 4 months before she ever asked me for anything. I believed her because she became one of my best friends in the ensuing years and I had no reason to doubt her. But this story turned out to be a huge a lie to bait me for the con coming up.

Four months after she solidly established her wealthy family inheritance story, she said her wealthy family, who did business with the luxury travel agency she worked for (Pacific, set her up to make it look like she stole more than $100,000 so they could disqualify her from the inheritance and keep her $5 million for themselves. She was fired, arrested and charged. I paid her bail of 4K. She was my friend at the time and I believed her and I wanted to help her get her inheritance because she asked for my help. And it seemed she needed my help. I’m a happily married gay man and my husband and I were only helping Marianne Smyth because we felt sorry for her. And because we thought she could pay us back.

On March 10th 2017, I discovered there is no family inheritance. That was a story she made up. And she’s not from Ireland. That was another made up story. I hired a Private Investigator and discovered she was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Tennessee. 

She’s also a felon convicted of stealing $190,000 from Pacific, the company she scammed using her own PayPal account to take customer’s vacation money for herself.

In all I’ve loaned her $75,000 (including credit card interest payments) over 3 years most of it using PayPal. I loaned this money to her based on the series of fantastic lies she told me over and over again. She scammed me. And I’m discovering she’s scammed other people. On March 16th 2017 when I told my neighbor Nina about what happened. Nina confessed that Marianne Smyth told her the same lies and scammed $2,000 out of her. So I started calling other neighbors we knew in common and discovered on March 17th 2017 that she managed to scam another neighbor out of $5,000 using another made up story. And she applied for credit cards in her former friend and client Michalle's name and charged up $5000. And another friend, Heather, she scammed out of $10,000 over a 12 month period telling fantastic, whimsical lie after lie. And yet another friend Sam, she scammed out of $900.

I know there must be more victims out there. This woman needs to be stopped before she scams more innocent people. She’s a convicted felon of financial crimes. 

In 2014 she told me the prosecutor in the Pacific Island’s case, working in concert with her wealthy family, froze her bank accounts so she can’t pay rent. She said she had more than $50,000 in a Bank of America account that was frozen. And she had her wealthy family’s $5 million inheritance coming to her very soon. She was a good friend at the time and I believed her. She asked me to borrow money to pay rent. So I paid her rent at 717 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 for one month $5800 and I paid $3500 to help her move into a cheaper place at Bunker Hill Towers 222 S. Figueroa St. LA CA 90012 APT 1622. 

I recently learned on March 15th 2017 the prosecution did not freeze her bank accounts. That was a lie. And there is no wealthy Irish family inheritance. She's not even Irish! She was just broke. She lied to gain my sympathy so I would loan her money to pay her rent. And she lied that she had more than 50K in a bank account so we’d think she’d be able to pay us back. And she lied about a family inheritance of $5 million coming to her.

Also back in 2013 she says she broke up with her married boyfriend Lawyer. She says he was also her attorney. She claims they own property in Colorado together and that after the break up he stopped representing her so she’s suing the firm and him. She says he offered $100,000 to settle out of court in order to make us feel more comfortable about loaning her more money. This was all a lie. There is no case against the lawyer or his firm. And there is no $100,000 settlement coming to her. She just lied to scam more money out of me.

From 2014-2017 she had dozens of appearances in court (See case docket attached to this statement) getting continuance after continuance based on health reasons. She said the Public Defender she got, said for the case to go away she’d need $50,000 plus another $4000 and she would do no jail time and would not be convicted of a felony. She also kept mentioning that her inheritance is coming soon and she’d soon have a lot of money to pay us back what she already owed us and much more. So I allowed her to charge my credit cards $50,000 using her business PayPal account “Orchid Psychics” and she asked me later for a cashiers check for an additional $4,000 to pay her plea so she could get her inheritance so she could pay us back. I had her sign an IOU stating she’d pay me back the cash and credit card loan and the interest the credit cards incurred. Then I discovered through court records she was lying to me to get more money out of me. The plea agreement was for $40,000… but she told me $54,000 to scam me out of an additional $14,000. And the plea agreement always involved her doing 180 days in jail and pleading guilty to a felony. She told me there would be no jail time and no felony conviction so she could still inherit her family’s money and pay me back.

I recently discovered all these lies. She’s a convicted felon of financial crimes. There is no family inheritance. She’s a professional scammer from Maine not Ireland. I’ve been talking to LAPD’s Detectives who investigated the case she was convicted of and District Attorneys who prosecuted the case she was convicted of and they urged to me file a police report ASAP so Marianne Elizabeth Smyth can be stopped from scamming other people out money. So I did,



Other Known Aliases: 
"Marianne Andle" 
"Marianne E. Andle" 
"Marianne Elizabeth Andle"
"Barianne E Welch" 
"Mariane Smyth"  
"Mariane E. Smyth"  
"Marianne E Andle" 
"Marianne E Welch"
"Marianne Welch"
"Marianne Elizabeth Welch"



MAIR SMYTH - PLEA AGREEMENT - Admitting to stealing more than $100,000 from