Man Sentenced For Scamming 13 Women On Dating Apps Out Of Over $300K: ‘I Was Vulnerable And He Wowed Me’

"He had everything covered that you would never question."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A man has been sentenced to 15.75 years in jail for scamming multiple women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to ABC 15, Daylon Pierce of Scottsdale, Arizona pled guilty to two counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices. He is believed to have swindled 13 victims out of more than $300,000.

Pierce, who also went by the name of Daylon Jung, met unsuspecting women on dating websites like Match, PlentyOfFish and Tinder between 2013 and 2016. Claiming to be a licensed stockbroker, he convinced the women he was dating to invest thousands in fraudulent schemes. One liquated her 401k, giving him nearly $95,000.

He allegedly told one victim, Tara DeGrazia, that he would invest her money to help pay off her student loans. “I had just gotten a divorce,” she said. “I was vulnerable and he ‘wowed’ me."

Another victim, Rose Reddy, says that Pierce acted like he was a successful financial professional while they were together. He drove luxury cars and had several homes, which she believes were funded by other victims. "When you went over to his house — he had it all," she said. "The closet all organized; all the colored shoes. He had everything covered that you would never question."

In reality, Pierce had a long rap sheet. In 2013 he left prison after serving a 13-year sentence for theft, trafficking theft and gang activity. He was also on federal probation for bank embezzlement.

In court, Pierce apologized to his victims and asked for forgiveness. "If I could have avoided this and taken it back, I would," he reportedly said. 

[Photo: Arizona Attorney General] 

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