‘Love Fraud’: Is Richard Scott Smith Still on the Run?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady and Tracy of "Love Fraud" speak during the Showtime segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour

Showtime’s Love Fraud tracks con man Richard Scott Smith, as bounty hunter Carla Campbell tries to convey Smith to justice. The docuseries premiered on Showtime on August 30 and Campbell studies that Smith remains to be on the run.

Smith married 10 girls and depleted their financial savings, placing some girls near $1 million in debt. The girls within the documentary clarify that they met Smith through a web-based relationship app and he appeared to be too good to be true.

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady and Tracy of "Love Fraud" speak during the Showtime segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady and Tracy of “Love Fraud” communicate through the Showtime section of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Relations moved quick in every occasion and Smith insisted he and his latest goal marry and be part of funds. He bought properties, jewellery, and automobiles, solely to rapidly disappear, leaving the ladies in critical debt. One lady who was victimized by Smith wrote a weblog, which was found by one of many girls’s daughters on the present. That’s when Campbell was requested to assist, which she did professional bono as a result of she was so enraged with Smith’s actions.

“These girls, they just struck a chord with me,” Campbell informed Oprah Magazine. “I’ve been through an abusive relationship. I’ve lost money. I’ve already been there and did all of that stuff. It was just like, They need my help because they’ve got nobody else.”

Carla Campbell says Richard Scott Smith remains to be on the run

“He’s not done. 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 mentioned. Smith is understood to own 43 cellphone numbers and 10 completely different social safety numbers, which has allowed him to evade seize.

Although Smith was jailed in 2018, he was launched in April. Documentary filmmaker Heidi Ewing says he was final seen in August 2020. “That’s the last we heard of him,” she mentioned after he was noticed in Kansas.

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Campbell expressed concern that the documentary will solely push Smith to go extra underground. “Criminals tend to dive in deeper when there’s something going on,” she mentioned. “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.” 

Filmmakers are motivated to inform the ladies’s story

Ewing and filmmaking accomplice Rachel Grady have been captivated by the tales of the ladies who Smith cherished, robbed and left. “That really made us mad,” Ewing informed Vanity Fair. “So we just thought, you know what, if anybody can do it, it’s us.”

“He’d been doing this for over 20 years,” Grady added. “The women would get so disappointed and feel so bad—like no one cared—that we really started to feel fueled by them. I think it was a motivator.”

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While the ladies and filmmakers are sizzling on the path, Ewing admits to moments of frustration making an attempt to trace Smith. “There were a lot of demoralizing months when none of us had a clue where he was,” she mentioned.

The addition of Campbell was an vital piece to not solely the sequence however to discovering Smith. “She was somebody who understood the law, could help track him, and knew how he could be brought to justice legally,” Ewing shared. “She was a linchpin in the sense that she hadn’t been wronged by him, but she encouraged the women and supported them and just had some credibility because of her experience with criminals.”

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