‘Casanova’ scammer bragged about possible book deal, Netflix special, court records say

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A man known as the con man “Casanova” was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, after a judge said he showed little remorse and court records show he bragged about getting a book deal and a Netflix series based on his actions.

According to court documents, Brian Wedgeworth, 46, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He will now spend the next nine years in federal prison.

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According to the plea agreement, Wedgeworth scammed 40 women across the country out of more than $1 million. He created social media accounts and dating site profiles to trick women into thinking he was a respected doctor looking for a wife.

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The conviction report includes the aliases he used; they all bore the title of doctor. He told the women he was a surgeon and went to Harvard. However, investigators discovered that he had not graduated from college. When investigators caught up with Wedgeworth, he had a fake California license, a fabricated Harvard transcript and a fake University of Pennsylvania degree, they said.

According to the investigation, Wedgeworth used flirting tactics on text messages and video chat sessions. He offered to pay the victims’ student loans, home mortgages, car loans and credit card bills. However, the victims received a notification a few days later that the payment had not been made due to insufficient electronic payment.

Between the time of payment and the email, Wedgeworth met the victims in person. He would ask them to lend him money, telling the women he would pay them back.

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In some cases, according to court documents, he put his name on the victim’s credit card without her knowledge. The cards would be used to buy high-end watches and jewelry that Wedgeworth would return and resell to second-hand buyers.

Court documents revealed that the victims fell for his ruse because he used familiar terminology since many women also worked in medical professions.

Some of the victims told investigators that his lies and deception left them alone and ashamed of their bodies. One said he ‘raped her soul, mind, body and spirit and for months (she) cried (herself) to sleep’. According to the court document, she also said he “stole her mental well-being as she struggled every day to maintain a genuine smile and laughter at work or with her family/friends as she continued to rebuild his life”.

Wedgeworth, who has a criminal record that includes fraud convictions, continued to defraud women while incarcerated in the Georgia state prison system. Court documents revealed multiple phone calls to members of his family, including his mother and daughter. During those phone calls, Wedgeworth was recorded saying he was getting a light sentence and would go to a “federal prison camp and you can play golf.” He called it “no more vacation”.

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Wedgeworth also bragged about being called “The Tinder Swindler of Florida” and said he was getting a book deal and a Netflix series out of it. He also told his daughter that if the Netflix series made them a lot of money, it could help secure her future.

During the sentencing process, two letters were added to the record. One was from Wedgeworth’s ex-wife who said in a statement: ‘I have known him for about thirty years. We shared celebratory moments and milestones as parents to our only daughter. He is a very intelligent and charismatic person who is determined to achieve his goals. Brian has shown he has tremendous love and commitment to his family, especially his daughter.

A second letter was also sent by his mother, who was also on Wedgeworth’s list of victims. She wrote: ‘I sincerely believe that Brian is sincerely saddened for his criminal actions/behavior and the extent of the resulting damage and loss. It has been my prayer and I believe he is repentant, and has decided that when this phase is over, he will continue to be the family man and law-abiding citizen that all who knew him expected. be it. She added that he was a good kid in general and she doesn’t know when he was wrong.

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Wedgeworth was sentenced to nine years in federal prison with three years of supervised release. He was eligible to get up to 20 years on each of 14 counts.

He will also have to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

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