Police busted a man who reportedly scammed a Georgia woman out of $80,000 after dating briefly, thanks to help of a photo shown of the suspect across social media.
Gwinnett Police report that the unnamed woman from Alpharetta met John Martin Hill, 35, on the dating app, Match.com on March 27. The pair met each other in person the same day. Within a week or so of dating, they became engaged, began house-hunting and started professing their love to other. Hill reportedly told the woman he was a millionaire.
After finding a house they were interested in, the woman forked over $80,000 to Martin to go toward furniture and purchasing the house. Afterward, he vanished and cut off all contact.
“During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together,” police said.
John Martin Hill was arrested yesterday in Franklin, TN. He is at the Williamson County Jail.
We are thankful that the victim in our case came forward & reported this crime. Any other victims should contact their local police department.
— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) May 22, 2019
Upon investigation, a detective with the Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit at Gwinnett PD determined that Hill lived in an apartment in Duluth off of Plantation Trace Drive with a woman and child. He recently purchased a 2014 BMW and had it painted black. Police said the man has changed his name five times and has done similar schemes in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.
According to Cpl. Michele Pihera, after police released photos of the suspect and asked for the public’s assistance, they received tips that led them to his location in Tennessee, AJC reports.
Hill is currently facing charges of theft by deception. Additional details are scheduled for release on Wednesday.
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[Feature Photo John Martin Hill/Handout]