Thursday, December 6, 2018

Queen of the Con


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On Jan 9th 2019 Marianne Smyth was found GUILTY in Los Angeles Criminal Court of scamming me out of $75,000. The jury deliberated a total of 3 hours and convicted her of Grand Theft by Inducement. 

Four victims testified against her. She 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 jury left the courtroom cuffs were slapped on Smyth's wrists and she was led away to jail. The judge sentenced her to 5 years. 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. Back 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" (One of the 23 other aliases she used to scam people I would later discover.) 

In this video she goes by the name "Mair Aine" as she tries to convince people she's psychic. 

When we met, I had no idea she was actually a professional con artist, on the run from authorities, and I was one of her many "marks". She would end up scamming more than $75,000 from me through an elaborate series of Confidence Tricks. And she scammed hundreds of 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.

After posting my story on social media, I got a call from a detective in Northern Ireland telling me Marianne Smyth is actually a fugitive wanted by Police in Northern Ireland for scamming $500,000  from 26 unsuspecting victims there. 

She used plastic surgery to alter her appearance when she got to Los Angeles. 

Back in 2017 Smyth was CONVICTED of scamming $190,000 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.  Click here for: Court Records 

Marianne Smyth also has a trail of felonies for Fraud and Grand Theft in Florida, Michigan and Tennessee. 

No low was too low for this seasoned grifter. Smyth even stole the identity of her own daughter who lives in Tennessee, to lease an apartment in Los Angeles, and then left her daughter on the hook for $15,000 when Smyth was evicted for not paying rent for months. (After her cancer scam backfired)  

Smyth also used the fatal illness of her other daughter, who courts took from Smyth as a baby, declaring her an unfit mother, to fraudulently raise $16,460 in that poor deceased girl's name using a scam GoFundMe Campaign  

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." 

But when she arrived in Los Angeles in 2011, Marianne Smyth 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 found her yearbook. 

But she successfully presented herself as a wealthy Irish heiress 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.

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 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 she was "outed" as a con artist in 2017 while she was being prosecuted for scamming $190,000 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 (Kedren) 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. 

I'm a former TV News Reporter and I've harnessed EVERY investigative journalistic resource at my disposal for the past 22 months to ferret out the elaborate cons of Marianne Smyth and bring her to justice. I've hired 6 private investigators in multiple States and countries. I've spent countless hours on the phone and online with law enforcement officials across the country. I've gone to courthouse after courthouse pulling records and I've uncovered 39 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. But evil only triumphs when good people do nothing. 

Have you had an experience with Marianne Smyth? Let me help you get justice. 


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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"
"Mairaine Ellis Ni Clerigh"  
"Mairaine Ni Clerigh"  
"Mairaine O Clerigh"
"Mairaine Ellis"
"Mairaine Ellis Clarke"
"Mair Elis"
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