Meet the original large-scale dating scammer, Patrick Giblin, 53, formerly of Ventnor, New Jersey, but most recently residing in a Philadelphia prison. Lovefraud first wrote about him in 2007, when he was sentenced for scamming women that he met on telephone dating services.
Patrick Giblin trolls phone dating lines, taking money from 132 women, on Lovefraud.com.
Giblin was paroled in 2013 and went right back to scamming women. Now he’ll spend another five years in prison.
Giblin pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to one count of interstate travel and use of a facility in interstate and foreign commerce with the intent to launder money. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence Wednesday in Camden federal court. In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Giblin to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $39,130 in restitution.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From January 2013 to Dec. 16, 2014, Giblin posted advertisements and messages on telephone dating services throughout the United States. Giblin cultivated a telephone rapport with the women he spoke to on these services, falsely claimed that he would be relocating or traveling to the woman’s geographic area, and falsely represented that he wished to pursue a committed, romantic relationship with each woman. He lied to the women about needing a loan, which he never intended to repay, for relocation or travel expenses.
Giblin received money from the women he spoke to on the dating services via interstate wire services such as Western Union and MoneyGram. Giblin also directed women to transfer money onto a payroll/debit card that he used. He used some of his victims’ money to buy airtime minutes for his cell phones, which he then used to defraud additional women.
In October 2014, Giblin travelled from Atlantic County, New Jersey, to Albany County, New York. He was on federal supervised release from his previous conviction, and was not allowed to leave the state. While traveling in New York, Giblin continued to defraud women and used money he received from women to purchase additional airtime minutes and contact more women. Giblin victimized more than 10 women in various states, causing losses of $15,000 to $40,000.
In 2007, Giblin was convicted of 10 counts of wire fraud. After completing his sentence, Giblin was living in a halfway house in Philadelphia, but escaped and began his most recent round of scamming women. He was sentenced for the escape in 2013, and sentenced for violating the terms of his supervised release in 2015.
Every time this man gets out of jail, he starts scamming women. It’s all he knows. The only way to protect society from him is to lock him up — which is exactly what Judge Kugler did.