"Don't believe everything you see on the Internet" is a great rule — particularly if you're feeling lonely and vulnerable and someone is telling you exactly what you want to hear:
[Patrick Giblin] wooed women with stories about his respectable family – his father was a judge, he said – and beachfront property in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he said he worked in the casino industry, according to a federal criminal complaint. He told them was ready to settle down and was more interested in a woman's inner beauty than her outward appearance.
He vowed that distance was not an issue because he had access to discount flights and was even ready to move to a woman's city to further their romance.
But federal officials say those were all lies, concocted to swindle women looking for love through dating sites. A review of plea agreements and federal complaints show that Giblin conned at least 100 women over two decades, coaxing them out of more than $250,000 with false promises followed by requests for short-term loans that were never repaid.
Yeah lock him up and dispose of the key however you see fit:
This guy has been busy with his scumbag operation for a long, long time:
Giblin's scams date as far back as the early 2000s, authorities said – back when he was in his thirties, and long before Tinder, Bumble and other dating apps. He's now 58.
On Lavalife, QuestChat and other dating services, Giblin went by "Pat," a seemingly charismatic man who assured women that their weight, height and other physical features were not an issue, according to the federal criminal complaint. The complaint said he created numerous accounts in his name on dating sites in the United States and Canada. ...
Giblin would then build a rapport with the women over long phone conversations before he started asking them for money, court documents said. He gave them various excuses for financial emergencies, including that his car broke down or that he needed funds to free up winnings from a gambling tournament, court documents said.