Law enforcement officials believe that Solomon Jesus Nasser, from Greenburgh, NY, successfully used a series of online dating scams to steal $140,000 from women.
Nasser would target professional women on internet dating sites like Match.com as well as social networks with fraudulent personal stories about him being a multimillionaire; a CIA agent; a Department of Defense official; a personal friend of President George W. Bush and a high-level military commander.
After gaining their trust with his lies, Nasser managed to convince some of the women to “loan” him close to $140,000, according to prosecutors.
Nasser was arraigned on 1/28/2010 on a five count indictment that includes multiple felonies.
According to Westchester, NY District Attorney Janet DiFiore – “Soon after meeting the women, he would explain to them that he was currently in a dire financial state and that he and his ex-wife were in a contentious battle over child support or he had been sued” and that “either way, the court had frozen all his assets and he did not have money to live day-to-day.”
Nasser allegedly ran his dating scam during a three year period that ran from July 2005 to March 2008.
Nasser used dating sites, including Match.com and Plentyoffish.com to find potential victims for his scam.
According to reports, Nasser scammed over $114,000 from one victim alone. He also scammed as much as $24,764 from a second woman.
Fraud investigators from DiFiore’s department started an investigation into Nasser’s dating scam in April 2010 due to a complaint against him.
New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance assisted in the investigation, and discoverd that Nasser had avoided paying taxes with interest and penalties totaling $17,400.
Nasser has been charged with second and third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud and filing false tax returns, which are all felonies. He has also been charged with fifth-degree criminal tax fraud, a misdemeanor.
Nasser faces five to 15 years in jail for the top charge.
After his arraignment, Nasser was sent to Westchester County jail without bail.
[ Source: LoHud.com ]