Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Gambler Gets Nailed in Lonely Hearts Scam

Love is certainly blind, and it can cause people to fall for a fast-talking scam artist out to take advantage of them.  Patrick M. Giblin, who formerly frequented the casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, received a 115-month sentence for defrauding more than 100 women he met through telephone dating services.  After contacting women in a number of different cities and feigning interest in moving closer to them to pursue a relationship, he would get them to loan him money to help out with his moving expenses.  According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey (here), "Giblin admitted he spent the money he received from the women at casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas and for personal expenses."  In addition to his nearly ten year sentence, Giblin was ordered to pay restitution of $184,000 and, perhaps even worse, must put himself on a self-exclusion list maintained by the gambling industry so that if he enters a casino he can be arrested for trespassing -- an interesting way to commit a crime, that's for sure.  (ph)

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