GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (WGCL) -- A Georgia man allegedly scammed a woman he met online out of $80,000 and then cut off all contact with her before skipping town.
John Martin Hill, 35, was arrested Tuesday in Franklin, Tennessee. Earlier that day, the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia had issued a warrant for his arrest after a victim came forward.
John Martin Hill was arrested yesterday in Franklin, TN. He is at the Williamson County Jail.— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) May 22, 2019
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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"We are thankful that the victim in our case came forward and reported this crime," the department said in a statement.
The woman from Alpharetta, Georgia, told authorities that she met Hill on the popular dating site Match.com. The two interacted and met the same day. She said Hill told her that he was a millionaire and within a week, convinced her to marry him and buy a house together.
Police said the woman then gave the suspect more than $80,000 to use toward the purchase of a home and furniture. Upon receiving the money, he cut off all contact with the woman.
A detective assigned to the case later learned that the man lived in an apartment in Duluth with another woman and child. He recently purchased a 2014 BMW and painted it black.
Investigators also determined that Hill had changed his name over five times in the past two-and-a-half years and is accused of committing similar crimes in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
"By sharing this story, it is our hope that he is not able to victimize any other women using this scam," the Gwinnett County Police Department said in a statement. "When meeting someone online, be very cautious sharing personal information, financial information, or cash with someone in the early stages of a relationship."
"These types of con men are very good at manipulating their victims. They tend to say everything that a woman wants to hear."
The department encouraged other woman who may have been victimized by Hill to contact their local police department.t."