• Police: Man claims he's millionaire on Match.com, defrauds woman out of $80K

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - UPDATE: We've learned that the suspect has been arrested.  Watch Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story. 

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    Police are looking for a man they say used a dating app to deceive a woman out of more than $80,000. 

    According to Gwinnett County police, an Alpharetta woman met the man on an online dating website.
    The victim said she met John Hill, 35, on Match.com on March 27 and that they met the same day. He told her he was a millionaire. 

    Police said during their short romance, he convinced her they were in love and wanted to buy a house together.

    They went house-hunting and found a house they were interested in buying. Within a week of knowing each other, the two agreed to get married. 

    The victim gave the man $80,000 to use toward the purchase of a house and furniture. Then, he stopped all contact.


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    A warrant has been issued for Hill who police call a classic "con artist." Police believe Hill knows they're searching for him.

    Officials said they tracked him to a home in Duluth, where they encountered another woman who claimed to be his girlfriend.

    "The woman said she is in a relationship with the suspect. However, she didn't know what his profession was. Also, she said he was only home on weekends. During the week, she didn't know where he went," Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

    Police said Hill is wanted in several states for the same crime. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call police.

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