A seasoned schemer who scammed a woman out of $80,000 after a week of dating has been arrested.
CBS46 reports John Martin Hill was arrested on Tuesday night (May 21) in Tennessee. Hill, who had a history of grifting, met a woman on dating website Match.com. Hill reportedly told the unidentified woman that he was a millionaire and within a week of their first meeting, the two had agreed to get married.
They went house-hunting together and the victim provided Hill with more than $80,000 to purchase the house and furniture to accompany it. Once she sent the money, the victim says that Hill never reached out to her again.
Authorities discovered the 35-year-old suspect changed his name more than five times in less than three years, and that he resides in Duluth, GA in an apartment with a woman and a child.
John Martin Hill was arrested yesterday in Franklin, TN. He is at the Williamson County Jail.
We are thankful that the victim in our case came forward & reported this crime. Any other victims should contact their local police department.
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— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) May 22, 2019
As was reported by Fox 32 Chicago, the police also believe this isn’t the first time Hill has committed a crime of this nature. His name has been thrown around in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia for committing similar acts.
Hill was reportedly charged with felony theft by deception.