Tinder Swindle #2: Captain I Ain’t Saving No Hohs Scammed 30 Masculine Women Out of $1.3 Million From Dating Sites
A Florida man, who was dubbed the “Casanova Scammer” and Tinder Swinder #2 (my name for him) pleaded guilty last week to wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft in a Florida federal court.
According to the United States Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Florida, Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, who purportedly had 13 aliases, plead guilty last week to 25 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering, the NY Times reports.
Brainard, used his brain to make money by signing up for several online dating sites, stating that he was a surgeon, and conning women who would never in their life have access to surgeon, out of thousands of dollars.
Brian tricked the women in giving him money, luxury items, and their bank details. He pleaded guilty to 25 counts that were related to the scams he perpetuated with the unsuspecting masculine women.
Luckily for them, the U.S. District attorney actually cares, and he sought to make things right. U.S. District Attorney.
in a said in a written statement. “Our citizens should not be preyed upon by fraudsters who steal through overtures of affection. With the assistance of our dedicated law enforcement partners, we are committed to investigating and vigorously prosecuting those who engage in all acts of fraud.”
Court documents revealed that between October 2016 and March 2021, Wedgeworth was able to defraud the many women he met through online dating sites. He falsely stated that he was a physician in order to obtain money and property fraudulently from the women. 30 women fell for his schemes as the total he was able to defraud them was over $1.3 million. Wedgeworth made promises to the women to charm them into sending him money and purchasing jewelry and watches for him. Wedgeworth admitted to causing or intending to cause, financial loss to over 30 women who he victimized as a result of his scheme.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee before the Honorable United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle. Wedgeworth (I am sure he is googlable too) is facing up to 20 years in prison on wire fraud and mail fraud counts, up to 10 years in prison on the money laundering counts, and a minimum mandatory sentence of 2 years in prison, consecutive to any other imprisonment that is imposed, for the aggravated identity theft count.
“Rooting out fraudulent schemes furthered by the U.S. Mail, such as romance scams, remains a top priority for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,” said Juan A. Vargas, Acting Inspector In Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Miami Division. “Our agency will continue to investigate those that target innocent individuals and abuse their trust for financial gain.”
Gold digging men these days are a mess. They’ll ask you about your money, how your credit is, or even how many people are on your mailing list so they can use it. Anything they can TAKE from you, they will.
So today is one of those days, where I don’t feel like writing to pacify people. It’s keep it 100 day. We can be online telling women all day to tap into their femininity and they become so offended. They wouldn’t buy a femininity course. Yet they are quick to buy a man luxury items or spend thousands of dollars on a man.
These women often spend more money on a man than they would spend on themselves and their kids.
How does that make sense.These women are so backwards. You can’t even GOOGLE Dr. Brian Brainard. NOTHING comes up. No Doctors office, no press. no website, no nothing. Nothing but stories like this telling you who he really is.
Let’s hear from one of Brian’s “victims.”
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Tekesia Johnson felt ready for another chance at love. Her new business venture held promise, her two children were grown and the romantic reservations she formed after her failed engagement had since subsided. It seemed time to find someone – a man who shared her sense of ambition.
She searched for suitors in May 2017 on Plenty of Fish and felt confident she would find a worthwhile match. That did not happen.
Instead, like tens of thousands of other Americans who engage in online dating, Johnson fell victim to a scamming man. She warned her daughter and shared her story through local media appearances.
Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, 46, swindled Johnson of thousands of dollars in 2017, federal prosecutors said. A grand jury indicted him in October, and he was arrested in Nashville shortly afterward.
“I met him on May 21 and he said his name was Brian L. Adams, M.D.,” Johnson said in 2017.
SCAMMING TAKESIA JOHNSON
Johnson, a hairstylist, began messaging a man who identified himself as Brian L. Adams in May 2017. Adams told her he was a thoracic surgeon. He seemed educated, passionate and cautious. He asked Johnson to FaceTime him to confirm her identity. That made her feel safe – she could trust him. But at some point he questioned Johnson about her financial status. That was a red flag for Johnson.
She told Adams she was broke. If he were a scammer, she thought that surely he would lose interest.
Adams said he was searching for someone to settle down with and marry. He told Johnson he needed his future wife to be financially stable, so he offered to support her by paying off her debts. The gesture signaled to Johnson that he saw a future for the two of them. Adams sent her more than $20,000 for her mortgage within a few days of their fledgling relationship.
Johnson was 46, a single mother of two and had just endured a loss. Despite her suspicions about Adams’ generosity, she gave him a chance. After all, she was looking to settle down, too. Then he asked her for a favor.
He requested that Johnson deposit money into separate bank accounts in exchange for paying off her credit card balance and mortgage. He also asked Johnson for a Rolex watch. If she could finance it, he told her, he would pay her back. That way the purchase could help her build credit. On paper it would only stand to benefit her. He framed it as another act of generosity.
Skeptical, Johnson didn’t feel comfortable financing a Rolex. But she still held some faith in him. She spent $3,000 on two lesser-brand Movado watches. Adams met Johnson at Jacksonville’s St. Johns Town Center Mall to pick up the watches she purchased.
That’s when her fears were realized. Johnson received word from her bank that Adams’ attempts to pay off her bills had bounced due to non-sufficient funds. Only then did she Google him and found Adams’ mugshots under the name Brian Wedgeworth.