Escaped inmate Patrick Giblin charmed more than 100 with romance scam, used Lavalife, Western Union, Moneygram to take money
, 2022-12-10 20:45:02
Patrick Giblin was like the American version of the “Tinder Swindler” — but without the private jets, CNN reported.
He wooed women with stories about his respectable family — his father was a judge, he said — and beachfront property in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he said he worked in the casino industry, according to a federal criminal complaint. He told them was ready to settle down and was more interested in a woman’s inner beauty than her outward appearance.
He vowed that distance was not an issue because he had access to discount flights and was even ready to move to a woman’s city to further their romance.
But federal officials say those were all lies, concocted to swindle women looking for love through dating sites. A review of plea agreements and federal complaints show that Giblin conned at least 100 women over two decades, coaxing them out of more than $250,000 with false promises followed by requests for short-term loans that were never repaid.
“He preyed on vulnerabilities, promising to end the loneliness of a woman who had recently ended a long-term relationship or soothing someone who recently suffered the death of a loved one,” said a report by federal prosecutors in New Jersey. “Giblin would convince these women that he was willing to relocate to their locales but needed money wired to do so.”
Despite convictions and serving prison time, he continued to defraud…
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