An Arizona man who used online dating sites like Match.com, PlentyOfFish.com, and Tinder to perpetrate online dating scams has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Daylon Pierce, who went by the alias of Daylon Jung, pleaded guilty to two counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices. From February 2015 through November 2015, Pierce would court women online, start a romantic relationship, then convince them to invest thousands of dollars in fraudulent investments.
“Daylon Pierce is a career criminal and a con man who deserves to be locked up,” says Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Unfortunately, online dating scams are becoming more common. Victims sign up hoping to find love and instead they’re left heartbroken with their life savings stolen. Our office will continue to work with the FBI to identify online dating scams and put those responsible behind bars.”
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One victim gave Pierce nearly $250,000 after cashing out her 401k. Another gave him $100,000 after taking out several loans. In all there were at least 13 victims who gave Pierce over a million dollars.
“Online dating scams can have devastating financial and emotional effects on victims,” claims FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael DeLeon. “This case demonstrates the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office are committed to investigating and prosecuting criminals who target these victims.”
After cultivating a relationship with the women, Pierce would tell them that he owned and operated a successful investment company and was a licensed stock broker. Neither were true.
“Pierce tricked his victims by pretending to be a wealthy businessman in order to gain access to their life savings,” Attorney General Brnovich adds. “Pierce then spent the victims’ money in casinos, nightclubs, and strip clubs.”
The exact sentence was for 15.75 years. A restitution hearing will take place at a later date.
An Arizona man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for online dating scams against women.