An Arizona man has been sentenced to almost 16 years in jail for perpetrating a series of online dating scams.
Daylon Pierce met the women on sites including Match, PlentyOfFish, BBPeopleMeet.com and Tinder, gaining the trust of his victims, before convincing them to give him money to invest in fake schemes.
Pierce ran the scams between 2013 and 2016, telling the women he was a licensed stockbroker.
One of the victims gave Pierce $240,000, which included part of her 401K proceeds, another taking out a $100,000 loan for Pierce to invest.
The fraudster spent the stolen thousands on casinos, nightclubs and strip clubs, officials said.
In total, Pierce scammed 13 women, and was found guilty in Arizona court after the testimony of three of his victims.
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Pierce pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices, and was given almost 16 years in prison during sentencing last Friday.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said: “Quite frankly, he was a scumbag. He took advantage of people, and he manipulated them.”
Before committing the scams, the Scottsdale man had been released from a 13-year stretch in prison for theft, trafficking theft, and gang activity.
A restitution hearing will take place at a later date.