Match.com is a popular place online where countless Americans are looking for love.
But one man who reportedly had just $6 to his name is accused of using the romantic portal to scam a woman out of more than $80,000.
The alleged transgression went down in Georgia as John Martin Hill, 35, is accused of theft by deception for allegedly tricking a Gwinnett County widowed mother of three children into handing over her savings.
According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the woman says she met Hill on Match on March 27. Soon after their first date, she indicated the couple were supposed to purchase a house together.
Hill allegedly coaxed the woman to go to the bank and give him a check for $75,000, in addition to $8,500 she had also given him.
Now she claims Hill took off with her wealth.
During a court appearance Tuesday, Hill proffered his own version of events, telling the judge the woman was the initiator of their relationship.
“She approached me. She asked if I was new to the area,” he claimed.
“She discussed knowing the area really well and said she was a tattoo artist for cancer patients. We started discussing business.”
Far from the persona of a millionaire, the man said he’d been unemployed since March 1, owning neither a car nor home, without a checking or savings account.
Hill told the judge in court Tuesday that he has been unemployed since March 1, does not own a car, home or anything of that nature and that he does not have a checking or savings account.
Detectives told WSB that Hill has been residing in the state of Georgia for as many as two years, and during the days leading up to the alleged fraud, he was living in a Duluth apartment with $6 to his name.
Gwinnett County police say the suspect, who is originally from South Carolina, has many identities, being previously known as Maverick McCray, Gregory Davis, Gregory Hill, Gregory Dutton, and George Hill.
He was wanted in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.
Authorities say Hill’s alleged shenanigans date back to 2005.
In 2011, he was arrested in West Long Branch, New Jersey, as police there caught him on “several outstanding warrants and charged him with three counts of theft by deception,” reported the Long Branch-Eatontown Patch.
It wasn’t Match.com in that case, but rather Craigslist, as Hill was accused of siphoning cash from women in that area.
“Each woman reported that they made contact with a Gregory Hill,” Capt. Larry Mihlon told the Patch.
“Hill made claims of being a CEO and owner of a company that specialized in obtaining scholarships for high-school athletes.”
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