Daylon Pierce faces nearly 16 years in prison for scamming women on dating apps
An Arizona man is facing prison time for scamming several women on dating apps such as Tinder, PlentyOfFish and Match.
Daylon Pierce, who also went by the alternate name Daylon Jung, reportedly set up a fake business account claiming he was a licensed stockbroker under the company name ‘Credit Investment Group LLC.’
Pierce used his charm and sharp communication skills to persuade the women to partake in fraudulent activity, officials say.
The ‘Casanova conman’ targeted vulnerable women and initiated conversations that became romantic. He convinced some of them he could assist in paying off student loans and other debts.
In an interview with ABC 15 Arizona, one of the victims revealed she had recently gone through a separation and was online searching for someone to fill the void, when Pierce came along.
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Some of the women attended Pierce’s sentencing Friday and spoke out about the experience
Pierce targeting the ladies on sites such as Tinder, PlentyOfFish and Match
He used his charm and wit to convince to take part in shady business schemes
‘I was vulnerable and he ‘wowed’ me,’ Tara DeGrazia explained. ‘I had just gotten a divorce.’
An unidentified victim, who had a good credit score, said Pierce was ‘very charming.’
Another victim invested a whopping ‘$240,000 including part of her 401K,’ while someone else ‘took out a $100,000 loan to give to Pierce as an investment.’
Rose Reddy said Pierce had the ability to take advantage of women because he was smooth and believable.
‘He was on the phone making deals on his computer while I was right there listening to him talk,’ Reddy said.
Pierce reportedly raked in more than one million dollars from 13 different women between the time period of 2013-2016.
Pierce set up a business account claiming he was a licensed stockbroker
The crimes occurred between the time period of 2013-2016
While he was running the fraudulent business, he was living an extravagant lifestyle, with new clothing, cars and even homes.
‘When you went over to his house — he had it all,’ Reddy added. ‘The closet all organized; all the colored shoes. He had everything covered that you would never question.’
Following Pierce’s Friday sentencing, the women spoke to ABC about their relief.
‘It feels like we’ve kind of won in a sense,’ Sarah Schroeder said. Finally being able to see him in handcuffs and being sentenced was very liberating.’
One woman said she ‘was vulnerable and he wowed’ her after she went through a divorce
According to a recent study conducted, nearly 50 million Americans have tried online dating apps. As the popularity of online dating continues to grow, so does opportunity for fraudulent crimes.
The FBI has been recognized as being involved in cases affected large numbers of people or having ‘large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups,’ according to its website.
Many of these cases have been investigated by local and state authorities.