An American Ninja Warrior producer revealed how he was duped by a fake Irish heiress who raised him from $ 70,000 after telling him she was friends with Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Judd and would inherit 5 million euros.
Johnathan Walton, 45, met Mair Smyth in 2013 during a meeting in his L.A. apartment complex to discuss residents who have withdrawn their access to the pool.
They became good friends and she told him that she was a member of the fictional Irish royal family that would inherit 5 million euros from her wealthy great-uncle.
Instead, Smyth was a conwoman who had focused money on people in L.A.
Jonathan Walton was duped by Mair Smyth after meeting her in 2013 in L.A. They are shown together
She first let Walton pay her nearly $ 10,000 in loans so that she could cover her rent, claiming that her bank accounts were frozen in a dispute with her cousins about her legacy, and then charged him $ 50,000 on his credit cards when she was finally arrested and said she needed money to make a plea.
She had succeeded in convincing him that the arrest was an arrangement orchestrated by the same cousins she said they wanted to squeeze her out of her uncle’s will.
Smyth told Walton that she was Irish princes and that she would inherit $ 5 million
Walton finally realized that he had been arrested by the judge after arresting Smyth.
She was eventually convicted of greatness and is now sentenced to five years behind bars.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday he told how she charmed him to make him her best friend with her dazzling stories about Hollywood friendship and candid personality.
‘At the time, I was a different person and I took everything in advance. That’s how they come into your life, they’re trying to help you, “he said, explaining that he fell for her offer of help fighting their building about pool restrictions.
Walton and his husband became friends with Smyth, and he and she became very close.
As their friendship blossomed, she gradually revealed facts about her privileged background.
During a visit to her apartment, she pointed out to him a signed document framed on the wall that she claimed was the Constitution of Ireland. She pointed to a signature that she said was her uncle.
She said that she would soon inherit part of his fortune, but there were problems with his children.
To uphold the façade of a Hollywood force player, she said she didn’t have to work but wanted and claimed to have friendships with Judd and Aniston.
The pair came so close that Walton took photos for Smyth’s dating app profiles (right). He also said he was a friend while undergoing plastic surgery, but didn’t think about it
She even showed Walton texts and emails that she said belonged to the couple.
“She seemed rich, she seemed educated, she matched the role she played for a T,” he said.
Smyth promised to introduce him to them, but every time they met, the “stars” suddenly withdrew.
He soon became “enthralled” in her family drama.
“It was like a soap plot, but it happened in real life,” he said, adding that he didn’t think about it when she got liposuction and plastic surgery because “that’s what rich women do.”
As they approached, she confided to him that there was a clause in her legacy that if she had been convicted of a crime, she would lose everything.
He warned her that her cousins would fool her for a crime to force her out of her share.
So when she was arrested for stealing $ 200,000 from PacificIslands.com – a luxury travel company she worked for to pass the time – he immediately suspected the cousins.
Walton paid her $ 4,200 bond money. One of her friends paid him back.
In the end, Smyth’s lies caught up with her. She is led into court after being arrested for major lawsuit
She then asked him for rent and claimed that her bills were frozen.
He gave her a check for $ 5,800. When she moved to a cheaper apartment, she gave her another one for $ 3,800.
The case dragged on in the course of the following year.
Finally she told him she could solve it by paying a $ 50,000 plea deal fee. He loaded it on his credit cards.
Then she was hit with a 31-day prison sentence. She asked for another $ 4,000 to pay an expert witness to testify on her behalf. Walton then gave her another $ 2,000 to help her pay her attorney fees.
He had believed her story until February 2017 when, while logging in on the prison website to schedule a visit, he found discrepancies between what it said online and what she had told her.
Walton discovered that she had many aliases and apparitions that she used to mislead people
Instead of being accused of ‘money laundering’, as she said, she had pleaded guilty for another charge and agreed to pay a $ 40,000 refund – not $ 50,000 – to settle it with PacificIslands.com.
The company said they had implemented a Ponzi scheme with their accounts.
Walton picked her up from jail, but only to confront her with her lies.
He then spent the next two years trying to knock her down and pump his own money to hire private investigators and lawyers.
His investigation revealed that she was also accused of fraud in Ireland.
In her trial in January 2019, her daughter was among those who testified. She told how she was “a troubled person who used her intelligence maliciously.”
The daughter added, “The things she’s been accused of are absolutely disgusted.”
Walton learned from his research that she had focused on others. Many did not want to speak out because they are so embarrassed.
“I think she moved here for the same reason we all moved here: to use her craft.
“Her craft was to scam people,” he said.