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Topic : 12/31 Faking It?

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Created on : Friday, September 14, 2007, 03:43:03 pm
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(Original Air Date: 09/17/07) Secrets, aliases, disguises … Dr. Phil's guests are liars and cons who manipulate people to get what they want. Fred Brito is an ex-con and self-proclaimed "Benevolent Con Man," who spent years fabricating identities and falsifying resumes to obtain top-level, six-figure-salary positions with highly esteemed organizations. He's faked being everything from a symphony conductor to a psychiatrist! Fred even posed as a priest and married couples in the church. What happens when Maria and Gene, who were married by "Father Fred," confront him? Will he admit to his wrongdoing? Fred says he's no longer in the con game, but is "Honest Fred" just another scam? Then, "Linda" says she had everyone believing she was dying and needed a kidney transplant to save her life. She even lost 30 pounds and wore a dialysis tube to make her made-up illness seem more convincing. Is she serious about getting help and stopping the lies, or is she lying to get Dr. Phil's attention? What's at the root of Linda's deception? Talk about the show here.

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September 17, 2007, 7:36 am CDT

I think he's George............

I think he's George Castanza on Seinfeld.  He looks like him too!!!!
 
September 17, 2007, 7:41 am CDT

Faking it

     I think he should be court ordered to by the couple a wedding. Dr. Phil is nothing but fair and honest. I am so happy I am not there because I would want to just knock him out for hurting and scaming people.
 
September 17, 2007, 7:49 am CDT

Fred the wannabe psychiatrist vs. Dr. Phil the real psychiatrist

I think Fred is hysterical! He could not make his illness more visible. First of all, did he really believe that we all bought into his insincere sincerity? Then to top it off, does he really think he's going to get a book published? I've been trying to do that for years and I'm not a sociopath, con artist or liar. If he get's a book published, I would have lost all faith in the traditional work hard, get rewards, belief.

 

The only book I see him getting published is one that shows him in the front, holding a sign in front of his chest which reads: Beware of con artist's like me!

 
September 17, 2007, 7:55 am CDT

What a JOKE!!!

This guy is a 24/7 con. I think he's been doing it so long that he doesn't even know how to tell the truth. Props to Dr. Phill for calling him out on all of his lies. What got me was at the end of his appearance on the show, fake Fred said that every penny that he made with his "book sales" was going to go back into his community. Even though ten minutes earlier, he said that the first $10,000 from the sales was going to go to the couple that he conned on their wedding day. That couple better start saving up, because I have a feeling that they aren't getting a dime from this freak. He also said that he worked for all of his money, and didn't steal a dime from anyone. Taking a tip for performing a wedding, when you're not licensed to do so is stealing money, no doubt about it.  
 
September 17, 2007, 7:57 am CDT

WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS????

     This guy is so crazy! He thinks he can con you Dr.Phil. He is just doing this to promote his (NOT) book.

I can't believe he thinks he has earned his money because he worked at the jobs he obtained under false pretenses. He should be charged with fraud for everything like that he has done. You have the evidence on tape so it would be an open and shut case. People like him should be ashamed. I bet he has no mirrors in his house --- that way he doesn;t have to look at himself.

 
September 17, 2007, 8:01 am CDT

i can not believe this

My cousin had passed away due to needing a kidney transplant and she was only 26 years old so for someone to say that they need a kidney and faking is so wrong. Someone needs to show linda on how long the list is of people and kids that need a kidney really is. My son has kidney problems since the day that he was born and he still does. How dare she say that i felt smart well that is wrong what she did was totally wrong and hurting to myself. What that girl is god in her life.
 
September 17, 2007, 9:19 am CDT

Ex-convicts

Quote From: bananasmommy

I've seen Fred Brito on another show, too.  It seems to me that Fred Brito is a non-vilolent ex-convict who found that, because of his criminal record, it was going to be impossible for him to become employed in the type of work that he longed to do, mostly positions of service and caring for others.  And this same thing happens to non-viloent ex-convicts seeking employment in this country every single day.  And we wonder why so many ex-cons end up re-offending!

 

Look at Fred's record -- he didn't try to scheme innocent people out of their last dollars.  He conned his way into the preisthood and other positions of service.  Was it okay for him to do that?  Of course not.  Were there people who were hurt by his deception?  Certainly.  I don't argue that what he did was right, but if you listen ... neither does he.  He knows he did wrong, and is now trying to use his life and experience to be helpful to others.  In an honest way.

 

I hope that people will try to listen with an open mind on Monday.  I think Fred Brito has an important message to share, about the fate of ex-convicts in America. 

 I also wonder about other non-violent, white-collar ex-convicts; it's an automatic bar from employment regardless of what companies claim. 
 
September 17, 2007, 9:32 am CDT

Try to seek legal counsel.

Quote From: ladyanna

Dr. P,

 

I've been writing to you and Oprah (as I am an incest survivor) about the fraud of a second marriage that my husband strategized and calculated so that he could protect himself financially AFTER he had taken everything from me after our 1st divorce. My 2nd divorce just became final and he had the nerve to put the words in the divorce decree that I cannot pursue and charges against him concerning fraud, deception or calculation strategy of this second marriage. He is STILL strategizing!

With my career, and the "things" we gained from it; his net worth is now over one million dollars.  I am on the food stamp program and permanently disabled due to Severe Major Depression w/Dythsyimia, PTSD, Panic Disorder & Anxiety Disorder.  I have not worked since 1993 and now am $39,000 in debt to the equity of my home, the only thing I have left ... He has our retirement home on Cape Cod, free of any mortgage, a beach home on the Connecticut shoreline, free of any mortgage and yet he courted me after the first divorce, and I will take the responsibility of allowing myself to open my shattered heart to him and fall in love with him based on verbal promises of fulfilling our original dreams of the 1st marriage that lasted 23.5 years.Ten days before we were to marry the second time, he put a pre-marital agreement in front of me and said that he couldn't marry me if I didn't sign it.... but "of course, I'll never divorce you ..." We married December 4, 2003. Last September 12, 2006, the Sheriff knocked on my door and there was an envelope with my name on it. I have been served. I am being sued for divorce.

Dr. P. I was in shock. I literally could not move away from the door for. I read only the first half of the first page. That's all I needed to read. I don't know how long I stood behind that closed door thinking to myself "But he promised me he loved me and would love me until the day he died; he allowed me to meet and care for my "grandchildren" then tore them away from me; he told me he would love and care for me always; he told me he wanted to grow old together. What happened?

It was at that point, I held the papers as far above my head as possible as I have a broken neck & said out loud to God: "God, I can't do this anymore. You HAVE to take this from me. Whatever is the result of this divorce I will accept it because I know it will have come from You. I surrender my entire life into Your precious hands." 

The divorce became final September 13th, 2007. These two divorces are very much affecting my future, the possibility of losing my home, oh, btw: I'm first generation Italian and recvd no support from any of my family because divorce is unacceptable; at the first divorce my father told me "never to come back to his house ever again!"  I replied "Don't worry, I won't. I called my lawyer as soon as I got home, asked him when the first legal day I could leave the state to go to live in Florida (I figured if I was going to go through so much suffering I may as well do it in good weather also my father would have harrassed me into NOT divorcing him and I just couldn't take that Dr. Phil, I ended up in the Psychiatric Hospital towards the end of the first divorce for 20 days and about 8 days after I was released, all of a sudden there were final divorce papers for me to sign. I was preoccupied with suicide ideation and under heavy meds; I figured the best thing to do was just sign the papers ... little did I know I signed away everything I educated myself for and worked so hard for as one of the first Nuclear Power Engineering Technician's in the country. That salary is what built "our dream homes" that I just signed away under the haze of drugs and being emotionally broken.  

His ultimate deception, fraud, calculated scheme to marry me so that I could not modify any alimony from the first divorce has hurt me so deeply I cannot begin to describe.

But Dr. P., I ask you and Oprah why do people do this?  He was a net millionaire after the first divorce, why did he serve me with divorce papers the second time, for a few more bucks in his own pocket?

I am now a practising Christian, I forgave him right away for intentionally hurting me and I told him I'd pray for his lost soul every day because the master he serves is money. The Bible says one cannot serve to masters, he will either hate one or love the other.  To this day, I pray for his fallen soul not for my benefit but for his eternal salvation.

 

But there is this need in me to know why he wants to see me homeless and how can he even sleep in the homes we built together with both of our careers?

How can someone be so cruelly deceptive?  How?  Why?

 

Dr. Phil; please, I beg you and Oprah to respond to me yourselves this time as both your staff has continually trashed my emails, letters to you discounting my situation. 

Please Dr. Phil, Oprah; don't push me away either. I am seeking  understanding and  help wherever I can about why this has happened to me. I have literally been going through a divorce for the past 10 years.  Any help from either or both of you would be greatly appreciated, please.

I will send you my phone number and address in private if I may.

Marianna

p.s. my Honda Accord just died on me with 122,000 miles on it and I couldn't see the logic of putting up to $3,500 into a car with that many miles on it so I bought a "new" used car - but all that did was add another monthly expense that has to get drawn from the remaining equity in "my" home.

 

 

I would like to suggest seeking legal counsel. Normally - I am not sure what medications you were taking but they may be grounds that you could pursue . Most states will not honor agreements and legal decisions made  while under the influence of drugs. That maybe an area that you could possibly pursue with the proper legal counsel. If in fact that you could prove you were taking medications. Just trying to help.. I hope everything works out . Good Luck . Remember evil will not EVER prosper. It will be short lived.

 

 
September 17, 2007, 10:03 am CDT

09/17 Faking It?

Quote From: bananasmommy

I've seen Fred Brito on another show, too.  It seems to me that Fred Brito is a non-vilolent ex-convict who found that, because of his criminal record, it was going to be impossible for him to become employed in the type of work that he longed to do, mostly positions of service and caring for others.  And this same thing happens to non-viloent ex-convicts seeking employment in this country every single day.  And we wonder why so many ex-cons end up re-offending!

 

Look at Fred's record -- he didn't try to scheme innocent people out of their last dollars.  He conned his way into the preisthood and other positions of service.  Was it okay for him to do that?  Of course not.  Were there people who were hurt by his deception?  Certainly.  I don't argue that what he did was right, but if you listen ... neither does he.  He knows he did wrong, and is now trying to use his life and experience to be helpful to others.  In an honest way.

 

I hope that people will try to listen with an open mind on Monday.  I think Fred Brito has an important message to share, about the fate of ex-convicts in America. 

I hope you understand many ex-cons go back into society and earn a living honestly and work hard for trust form employers, families and society.  they do not use or abuse anyone.  The fate of any ex-con is on the shoulders of that ex-con.  As each one of us must make our way in this world of the good, the bad and the ugly, we must accept that sympathy belongs to victims not perpatrators just because they are done serving time?  Most victims always feel that sense of being a victim, that deserves sympathy.  Time served is the price they pay initially, then they msut choose a decent honest life or suffer the consequesnces like all of us, cons, ex-cons or decent law abidding citizens.

 

He can sell that book to many ex-cons, therapists who need the information and victims to understand the reason cons continue to feel owed from others rather than earn what they get?

 
September 17, 2007, 10:04 am CDT

Success at the Pain of Others

Dr. Phil,

 

I'm so glad that you brought out in your show that this guy is a socio path.  Rather this guy realizes it or not he is the worse kind of sociopath.  His goal is to be successful with disregards to anyone elses success.  The couple married spent  real hard earned cash to purchase their wedding.  This guy claims he worked but he did not work. . .he merely wore the robe and spread the frosting on thick.  This guy does not have a clue of what work involves.  He's like any other theif, he's looking for easy success at the expense of others.  He did not work for anything. . .the individuals he conned are the working people not him.  He said he didn't want any part of the welfare system but I wonder why since his sociopathic behavior is worse then any welfare system that seeks to better society, plus, at least society has a say in how government is ran and what they want their dollars to go towards.

 

This guy has not changed, he has no remorse for anyone.  If I were the 'married couple' I would see to it that this guy's book is not published.  He's already made $10,000 off of discomforting them.  Why should he now be allowed to write about what he has done and make even more money.  He's same as asking them now to take part in con- let him publish his book.  If they allow him to be great then he will return to him what he stole from them.  Maybe then he will make enough to stop conning people- but I really doubt such is true. 

 

I am expecially upset how he impersonated a psychologist.  He may feel this is just fine, but let me tell you Dr. Phil I have a seventeen year old son who has been seeing a psychologist every week for the past two years for help with his OCD.  He also must take medication. . .his condition has been very scary at times and has challenged every idividual in this family.  There is no acceptable excuse for this gentlemen's behavior as you know Dr. Phil that people who go to psychologists go for many different reasons.  Some just to make it through one of life's transitions or get over a death, but Dr. Phil some people's conditions are severe, some are contemplating suicide and can not begin to remotely function without  assistance.  This guy needs to serve time and people should not help this guy get richer, doing so only feeds his fettish to take advantage of other people.

 

Sincerely,

 

Learning for the Future

 
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