According to Madelyne Toogood, authorities have “unfairly targeted” her because she is a member of a nomadic group called the “Irish Travelers, reports Fox News.

Toogood was video taped beating her 4-year-old daughter by a surveillance camera and later charged with child abuse. Her child is now in foster care.

The Irish Travelers have been involved in numerous frauds and Toogood’s husband has a rap sheet.

Apparently the group travels around the country engaging in fraudulent schemes and has been exposed through several scams and subsequent arrests.

Psychologist Margaret Singer, probably the most prominent cult expert of the 20th Century, has said that destructive cults are not unlike a “confidence game,” that never ends.

The Irish Travelers appear to be the “Cult of Cons.”