A New York man used the dating app Tinder to scam two women out of thousands of dollars.
According to the New York Times, Brandon Kiehm, 35, scammed a total of $26,000 from two women after telling them that he needed the money to help pay for a family member’s cancer treatment, among other things.
Kiehm, using the alias Tristan Acocella, told the first woman that he was in finance and that he needed a loan to help pay for his sister’s cancer treatments. The woman, who he dated for three months, gave him a total of $14,000.
Shortly thereafter, Kiehm was able to convince a second woman that he needed $12,000 because he had to pay for his mother’s cancer treatment.
When both women became suspicious of the debt Kiehm had racked up, he sent them bad checks.
He also is believed to have stolen $13,000 from the real Mr. Acocella, who hired Kiehm as a dog walker in July.
According to the New York Times, Kiehm was charged Tuesday “with grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud.”
He pleaded not guilty.
For more information, read the NY Times.
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