A person who posed as an oil tycoon on-line to trick his romantic pursuits out of their cash was sentenced Thursday to almost 4 years in federal lockup.
Six victims, one in all whom appeared by telephone, described the emotional and monetary injury John Edward Taylor, 47, did to their lives. Prosecutors stated at the least two victims had suicidal ideas.
“John preyed on ladies like myself, who have been emotionally susceptible,” stated one girl. “He’s a liar … a manipulator.”
One other girl, in a written assertion to the courtroom, stated “I’ve been coping with extreme despair, excessive nervousness and emotional stress. I nonetheless have nightmares about you convincing me to depart my job and boyfriend on the time and to begin a enterprise with you.
“It took over a yr to resolve the entire issues you brought on,” she continued. “I awoke each morning not eager to reside anymore.”
A teary Taylor apologized to his victims, telling the courtroom, “I used to be a liar.”
“I didn’t hold my phrase,” he stated. “I don’t wish to proceed to be these issues. I’m sorry to these I’ve damage and the reminiscences I’ve left them with.”
Each Taylor and his lawyer stated his actions have been motivated partially by extreme psychological sickness, stemming from a childhood full of neglect and abuse. Taylor has been chopping himself whereas in jail and has additionally tried to kill himself, his lawyer additionally stated.
In line with the feds, the ripoff Romeo “trolled courting web sites to search out unsuspecting ladies for his ‘romance’ rip-off, designed to steal their cash.”
The Manhattan U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace initially stated Taylor conned roughly 15 ladies out of $360,000 from September 2009 to March 2016 by claiming he was a “rich businessman with oil and land pursuits in North Dakota.”
Taylor, prosecutors cost, informed many of the ladies he sought each a private and enterprise reference to them — as a way to land their monetary data.
He used web sites corresponding to Craigslist, SeekingArrangement, eHarmony and Match.com, prosecutors have stated.
Along with his plea deal, Taylor admitted tricking 5 or extra victims from September 2011 to March 2016 and inflicting them $250,000 to $550,000 in losses.
Taylor received hit with the 46-month sentence after copping in September to 1 rely every of wire fraud and conducting threatening interstate communications. Manhattan Federal Choose Laura Taylor Swain additionally ordered that Taylor pay greater than $290,000 in restitution.