Israeli accused of a Tinder-con involving millions, various partners

The alleged criminal is Shimon Yehuda Hayut, aka Simon Leviev. Three Finnish women and two Norwegian women levied complaints against him.

February 19, 2019 03:41
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Israeli accused of a Tinder-con involving millions, various partners

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Israeli citizen Shimon Yehuda Hayut is allegedly a criminal who used the online dating app Tinder and a complex web of lies to convince women to loan him money before he vanishes completely, Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang reported.

Cecilie Schroder Fjellhoy, a Norwegian citizen who currently lives in London, was troubled to discover that the man she had been dating for months, Simon Leviev, hadn't paid her back a sum of $500,000 that she loaned him.

She was comfortable giving him the money because, with a private jet, a bodyguard and a secretary - he appeared to be a wealthy businessman able to repay the money. Their dates took her to Amsterdam and Oslo where she was treated to a life of luxury, indicating she was dating a man of substantial wealth.

"Everything I thought he was, was a lie," Fjellhoy told the site, "it's like you're brainwashed in a way I never believed I could be."

After filing complaints with both British and Norwegian police she turned to VG, and learned her so-called boyfriend is really Israeli criminal Shimon Yehuda Hayut. That the scam had been pulled on three Finnish women in 2015, and Hayut fled from an Israeli court to Europe after he was convicted in fraud in 2011.

The money Fjellhoy gave Hayut was used to buy airline tickets for Pernilla Sjoholm, who was also angered to discover she is one of many women Hayut allegedly exploited, according to VG.

Hayut had still not been arrested by Israeli, British, or Norwegian police and his whereabouts are unknown.

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