Monday, December 31, 2007
Dr. Phil McGraw catches Fred Brito in lie after lie on national television.
In the episode, McGraw invites a couple who were "married" by "Father Brito" to confront him in the hopes of an apology for deceiving them into believing they were married by a real priest.
Before the show, Brito had told the producers he had written a book. On air, he attempts to dodge the revelation that he plagiarized the entire book.
Dr. Phil cuts down Brito repeatedly, who claims that his deceptions are over. "That was the past," Brito says.
In a particularly chilling moment, Dr. Phil shows Brito an index card with information about Fred so sensitive he doesn't even discuss it on air. What bit of Fred Brito's past is so damning that not only does Dr. Phil hesitate to mention it, but it even shuts up Fred Brito?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Dateline NBC found Fred Brito's exploits so compelling that they devoted an hour of prime time network television to him.
Josh Mankiewicz interviews Fred Brito and people he's conned over the years. The report covers as far back as 1974, when Brito was charged with molesting a young boy, his convictions for embezzlement and auto theft, and up to the present.
Brito tells Mankiewicz essentially the same thing that he told the LA Times two years prior - that his days of lying are over. Brito says, "Fred Brito, conman, is no longer. The old Fred didn’t get me anywhere."
Mankiewicz closes the hour by noting that months after his interview, Brito was hired and fired from the New Mexico performing arts academy.