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‘20/20’ spoilers: Celebrity moochers shock fans? Famous people hit up for cash

Chris Connelly gives a report on moochers for the popular ABC news show 20/20
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There is something to be said about people who mooch. The upcoming episode of the ABC news program “20/20” reveals that people who ask for money usually hit up famous folks first. In the new episode “Moochers,” ABC news revealed on Wednesday, that there are many celebrity moochers and these individuals are hoping to cash in on the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Chris Connelly has the stories of celebrities with freeloading friends and family on Friday’s edition of “20/20.”

Just last week, Oprah Winfrey admitted that she is regularly asked by friends and family for money. So what is the typical request? Around $50,000 but sometimes it is more. Compared to the $1.7 million dollar mansion her stepmother took her to court to keep. Yes, when it comes to cash, some people want to take it instead of working to make it.

Kobe Bryant is another star who faced family issues that hit the news and offered up a look at what people do for money. His mother sold his childhood memorabilia at auction. And another star highlighted will be Leighton Meester, who sued her mother for custody of her younger brother after she allegedly spent money meant for her brother's medical bills to pay for her own cosmetic surgery.

While mooching is seen easily in the entertainment industry, there are other places people find cash easy to take and “20/20” shares a few of these stories. John Quinones uncovers the dirty little secrets behind psychics who rip off clients. ABC News Correspondent Cecila Vega rides shotgun with moocher-busting Bob Kiehn, who has a mini-van packed with spy-gear tracking down workers comp fraud.

ABC’s program “20/20” offers a look at all types of moochers on the episode airing on Friday, April 18, at 10 p.m. ET. Who knew that stars has so many requests for free cash?

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