A man who posed as a doctor on dating platforms and scammed women across the country into giving him money, luxury items and their bank details pleaded guilty last week for wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft in federal court in Florida.
According to The New York Times, Brian B. Wedgeworth pretended to be a doctor and surgeon who attended schools like Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is said to have developed romantic relationships with women whom he is suspected of having defrauded with his tricks.
“The Casanova Scammer”, as he was dubbed by law enforcement officials, made his false claims on websites like Match.com, Christian Mingle and Elite Singles, where he stole 1.3 million dollars, possibly more, to more than 30 women between 2016 and 2021.
The 46-year-old received Rolexes, tickets to the Super Bowl game and banking information from his victims, prosecutors said. He used an array of aliases including Dr Brian Anderson, Dr Anthony Watkins, Dr Brian Adams, Dr Edward Chen, Dr Brian Chris, Dr Chris Williamson, Dr Brian Christopher Williamson, Dr Brian Edmonds , Dr. Brian Ammerson, Dr. Brian Lamar Wilson, Dr. Brian Wilson, Dr. Brian Mims and Dr. Brian Lamar Sims, according to the justice department.
Her officials want anyone who fears they may have fallen victim to Wedgeworth’s charms to email authorities at [email protected]
Wedgeworth allegedly told some of his victims that he was part of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, according to The temperature, as a number of the victims were members of sororities. He also promised to pay off their loans and other debts so he could get their banking information and social security numbers.
Wedgeworth was initially charged in November after the United States Postal Inspection Service and the IRS conducted an investigation.
“Eradicating fraudulent schemes fostered 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 of the service. U.S. Postal Inspection Center in Miami, in a statement. . “Our agency will continue to investigate those who target innocent individuals and abuse their trust for financial gain.”
Wedgeworth is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 8 in Tallahassee, Florida. He faces up to 20 years for wire and mail fraud charges, up to 10 years for money laundering, and faces a minimum sentence of two years in prison, according to the DOJ.
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