‘Casanova Scammer’ Pleads Guilty to Defrauding More Than 30 Women Out of $1.3 Million in Dating App Scheme

Brian B. Wedgeworth

Brian B. Wedgeworth seemed to have a persuasive way with women.

Purporting to be a medical doctor who had attended prestigious universities, he persuaded women he met on dating websites to send him large sums of money, luxury items — and even bank account information.

But Mr. Wedgeworth only played a doctor on Match.com, ChristianMingle, Elite Singles and other dating websites, federal prosecutors said. And they said he had not actually attended those universities.

Rather, Mr. Wedgeworth, whom the authorities are calling “the Casanova Scammer,” developed romantic relationships with women across the United States by presenting himself falsely, federal prosecutors said.

He defrauded more than 30 women out of at least $1.3 million from about October 2016 to March 2021, prosecutors said. They said he used the money from the scheme to buy items like Rolex watches — and even tickets to a 2018 Sugar Bowl game between Clemson and Alabama.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Vimal Patel