‘Casanova Scammer’ faces jail for $1.3 million dating app fraud
- Brian Wedgeworth posed as a doctor for nearly five years and scammed dozens of women.
- Wedgeworth received cash and gifts like a $14,000 Rolex watch and tickets to a football game.
- He faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud and up to 10 years for money laundering.
A man dubbed the ‘Casanova Scammer’ has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 30 women of $1.3 million in a massive dating app scam, The Florida Department of Justice announced.
In a case similar to “the Tinder scammer”, court documents show Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, of Tallahassee, Florida, posed as a doctor for nearly five years to scam women, asking them to send him money, watches and jewelry.
According to the Ministry of JusticeWedgeworth, 46, was arrested in November for wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.
Documents show Wedgeworth targeted women on dating apps including Plenty of Fish, Hinge, Christian Mingle and Elite Singles, promising to pay off their loans and other debts to gain access to their financial information.
He was telling false stories to get them to send him money, including that he had no money after supposedly paying off their debts and that his accounts were frozen due to a medical malpractice lawsuit .
Gifts Wedgeworth received from his victims included a Rolex watch worth more than $14,000 and tickets to a college football playoff game between Clemson and Alabama in 2018.
Wedgeworth reportedly used more than a dozen aliases, including “Dr Edward Chen” and “Dr Brian Wilson.” He claimed to have attended a number of prestigious colleges, including Harvard Medical School and Duke University.
The Justice Department said Wedgeworth faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, 10 years for money laundering and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison.
Jason Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said, “Our citizens should not fall prey to fraudsters who steal through overtures. With the help of our dedicated partners to law enforcement, we are committed to vigorously investigating and prosecuting those who commit any acts of fraud.”
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for additional comment.