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Romance Fraud, Victim Loses +$80k – Arrested
Update #1, 05/22/2019: Late yesterday evening, John Martin Hill was arrested in Franklin, TN. He was booked into the Williamson County Jail at approximately 10 PM on our outstanding warrant. For details surrounding his arrest, please visit the Franklin Police Department link: Franklin Police capture Georgia "Romance Fraud Fugitive' at Cool Springs hotel
Since the original Media Release was published, we heard from a few other women who stated that they were either in a relationship with Hill or knew someone who was romantically involved with him.
By sharing this story, it is our hope that he is not able to victimize any other women using this scam. When meeting someone online, be very cautious sharing personal information, financial information, or cash with someone in the early stages of a relationship. These types of con men are very good at manipulating their victims. They tend to say everything that a woman wants to hear.
We are thankful that the victim in our case came forward and reported this crime. If any other women have been victimized by Hill, we encourage them to contact their local police department.
(Duluth, Georgia) An Alpharetta woman met a man on an on-line dating website and was defrauded more than $80,000.
The victim reported to the Gwinnett County Police Department that she met a man named John Hill on Match.com. They interacted on March 27 and met the same day. The suspect told the victim that he was a millionaire. During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together. They went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in. Within a week of knowing one another, they agreed to get married.
The woman gave the suspect more than $80,000 to use toward the purchase of a house and furniture. Following the exchange of money, the suspect ceased all contact.
The case was assigned to a detective in the Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit. The detective learned that the suspect lives at an apartment in Duluth with another woman and child. He also recently purchased a 2014 BMW and painted it black. The suspect’s name is John Martin Hill (age 35). His last known place of residence is on Plantation Trace Drive in unincorporated Duluth.
Further investigation into John Hill revealed that he has changed his name over five times in the past two and a half years. He is accused of committing similar crimes in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.
As of now, Hill has an active warrant in Gwinnett County for Theft by Deception (felony). His current whereabouts are unknown.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 19-032646