A 35-year-old man has been arrested for swindlng a woman she met online of $80,000.
The man, John Martin Hill was arrested in Tennessee, United States. The Gwinnett County Police Department said the suspect met the Georgia woman on Match.com in late March. He reportedly took the woman out on a date the same day they met, and the two agreed to get married within a week of meeting.
According to police, Hill told the woman he was a millionaire, and they decided to invest in a love nest. She gave him $80,000 to help with the home’s purchase.
“During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together. They went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in,” police said.
The suspect was said to have cut all contact with the woman immediately he got the money.
According to CNN, as investigators looked into the case, they unveiled a scam that went beyond Georgia.
It was learnt that the man lived with another woman and a child in Duluth, Georgia — and is wanted in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey for similar scams.
Police said he has also changed his name at least five times in two and a half years, police said.
Hill is being held on a $500,000 bond as he awaits extradition to Georgia, where he faces a charge of theft by deception — a felony. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.