CONMAN SCAMMED WOMAN HE MET ON MATCH.COM
Smooth conman, 35, ‘scammed woman he met on Match.com after he said he was a millionaire, convinced her to get married in less than a week and then got her to put $80,000 towards buying a house’
A conman who allegedly convinced a woman he met on Match.com to marry him in less than a week before he scammed her out of $80,000 is wanted for arrest in Atlanta.
Police are searching for John Martin Hill, 35, of Gwinnett County, who is charged with theft by deception after he reportedly posed as a millionaire and told his victim he wanted to buy a house with her following just a week of dating.
The woman told police she met Hill on Match.com on March 27 and the two met in person later that day. After what she thought was a whirlwind romance, Hill allegedly said the pair should live together and even took her house viewing in a bid to sell her on the fairy tale romance ending.
“During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together,’ Gwinnett spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said. ‘They went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in.”
Within a week of knowing one another, Hill and the woman agreed to get married, Pihera said.
She gave Hill more than $80,000 towards the supposed purchase of a house, but as soon as the money changed hands, Hill fled and ceased all contact, police say.
“Following the exchange of money, the suspect ceased all contact,” Pihera said.
Hill is also suspected on defrauding women in four other states, authorities said.
Investigators learned that Hill lives in an apartment in Duluth with another woman and a child.
Authorities said Hill has changed his name more than five times in the past two and a half years and is suspected of committing similar acts in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
Anyone with information on Hill’s whereabouts is asked to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300.
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