About the Original

LOVE FRAUD 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Bigamy. Identity theft. Fraud. For the last 20 years Richard Scott Smith has used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon unsuspecting women in search of love -- conning them out of their money and their dignity. But now his victims have banded together determined to seek sweet revenge.

LOVE FRAUD is a 4-part limited documentary series that follows (in real time) a con-man who is on the loose and the dynamic women determined to put him behind bars. Oscar-nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady take viewers on a bizarre, engrossing ride through the twisted mind of a criminal and the chaos he leaves in his wake. LOVE FRAUD will have a World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Day One, Thursday, January 23, 2020, marking the first time an episodic series was programmed on opening day in festival history.

 

BIOS

 

RACHEL GRADY – DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Rachel Grady is the co-director of JESUS CAMP (Oscar nominee), The Boys Of Baraka (Emmy nominee), 12TH & DELAWARE (Peabody winner), DETROPIA (Sundance and Emmy winner), Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016 Sundance Film Festival) and One Of Us (TIFF 2017).

 

HEIDI EWING – DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Heidi Ewing is the co-director of JESUS CAMP, THE BOYS OF BARAKA, 12TH & DELAWARE (Sundance 2010), DETROPIA (Sundance 2012), Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Sundance 2016) and One Of Us (TIFF 2017). Ewing’s first narrative feature Te Llevo Conmigo (I Carry You with Me) will also make its world premiere at Sundance this year.

 

TRACY –FEATURED IN THE SERIES

 After an innocent right swipe on a dating app, Tracy, a professional living in the suburbs of Kansas City, MO with her children, was excited at the prospect of a nice guy after endless bad matches. A great first date led to a relationship and soon after talk of rings and marriage, and a new home in Florida. Alarmed at how quickly things were moving, Tracy’s daughter grew suspicious and uncovered dozens of women just like her mom, emotionally and financially drained from one love con.