Like the popular Bravo series Dirty JohnShowtime's Love Fraud documentary series is the story of how con artist Richard Scott Smith married at least 10 women and defrauded them, often draining their bank s in the process.
Jean Hansen, another victim, had to file for bankruptcy after marrying Smith in Vegas, and going into business with him. A master of evading the law, Smith has racked up 10 Social Security s and 43 phone s, and innumerable victims over the years.
The main, most chilling, difference between Love Fraud and Dirty John?
Unlike "Dirty" John Meehan, who is no longer aliveRichard Scott Smith of Love Fraud is, according to those involved with the documentary, continuing his scheme. He's still out there. I've talked to his first wife and I've talked to his last victim and he's doing the same thing," Campbell says.
Smith left a trail of women victims around the United States, but especially in the Kansas City region. He married at least 10 women, and preyed on dozens more. Love Fraud follows what happens when these women band together to track Smith down, with the help of Campbell and documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. After hearing about Smith's crimes, Campbell agreed to take on the women's case pro-bono.
I've been through an abusive relationship. I've lost money. I've already been there and did all of that stuff," she says.
Smith was sentenced to prison, and was released in Aprilper the documentary. According to the filmmakers, Smith was last seen in Kansas in August But the women are keeping track. For years, Smith's victims found the truth—and found one another—through the "Scott the Crook Smith" website that Lisa Lenton used to document her experience with Smith, her then-husband. The site has become a meeting ground for Smith's victims, who swap stories and track the elusive con man's whereabouts. They had been through it, and they made me feel better.
Other people who hadn't been conned asked, 'How could you be so naive? Together, the women pieced together Scott's pattern of behavior, consistent across his relationships—which he often juggled at the same time.
He would bring me roses all the time. All that old-fashioned courtship type stuff. But there comes a point in a relationship where he changes, and it was the same for all of us. He becomes controlling, mean, and aggressive," Tracy says.
Sandi, another one of the women featured in the documentary, reportedly had a particularly harrowing experience with Smith after the "change" that Tracy described. After they became engaged, Sandi said that he physically abused her.
She feared for her life. I truly do," Sandi tells OprahMag.
For the women featured in Love Fraudparticipating in the documentary served their broader goals: Retribution, and saving others. Sandi adds, "We have a crusade. We're not going to stop until we see him behind bars again— that is our end goal.
We're not going to stop until we see him behind bars again. So far, it's working. After the trailer for Love Fraud came out, a woman whose sister was living with Smith reached out to the filmmakers. The relationship ended.
As his victims hoped, Love Fraud is functioning as an even more exaggerated version of the blog, which had so bothered Smith—Sandi recalls how, when they were dating, he didn't allow her to Google him. Looking back, she realizes he was afraid of her finding the website. Certainly, widespread notoriety from Love Fraud will make it more difficult for Smith to continue his con.
The billboards of Smith's face currently up in New York and L. Campbell expects to meet Smith again, one day. After the documentary wrapped, Campbell was diagnosed with lung cancer, and has had to retire from bounty hunting. Now, she's consumed with tracking down Smith, and bringing new charges against him.
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Rick gave me purpose," Campbell says. She predicts the hunt for Smith will only grow more complicated as his fame grows. If they think there's somebody watching them, they'll go further underground.
I think that's what this show is going to do. It's going to move him further underground. Nobody's going to know where he's at until he's got another victim that comes forward," Campbell says.
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This much is for sure: She'll be watching. He's not done," Campbell says. Your Best Life. Type keyword s to search. Love Fraud is the true story of Richard Scott Smitha con man who seduced and married women to take their money, and the ex-wives who hunted him down.
Here's where the search for Smith stands, according to Carla Campbell, the bounty hunter determined to track him down. Related Stories. Carla Campbell, the bounty hunter in Love Fraud.
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