As soon as Netflix released another wild documentary, I was on it. And The Tinder Swindler delivered! The unbelievable story revolves around Simon Leviev, who claimed to be an uber wealthy diamond heir. He obviously was no such thing. Producers interviewed three women who he swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of the woman worked with American Express to take him down after her ran up thousands on a card he urged her to take out in her name.
Simon was finally arrested in 2019 on charges of forgery, theft and fraud charges, which he denied. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison but only served five months. He was released for good behavior.
New York Post is now reporting that Simon is back on the hunt for love. Simon has apparently signed with L.A. manager Gina Rodriguez. Gina is well known for representing D-list clients, who are often engulfed in scandal. Gina once said, “At least they’re on some sort of a list, and that’s what I tell them.” Her clients include Mama June [Shannon], Lindsay Lohan’s parents and former Teen Mom, Farrah Abraham.
Despite being exposed by Netflix, Simon also has big dreams of cashing in on his scandal. Simon and Gina have allegedly discussed “a bunch of plans to parlay Simon’s new Netflix fame into profit and an entertainment career.” He’s apparently looking to have his own dating show, where “women compete for his love.” Barf. He’s also looking into starting a podcast where he will share his dating “dos and don’t.” Not only do we not need another man with a podcast but I can’t imagine he has any more helpful advice outside of not dating him.
Even though he’s not in jail, Simon was banned from multiple dating apps, including Tinder and Hinge. He also deleted his robust Instagram account but another one reappeared shortly after The Tinder Swindler was released. While it’s unclear if it’s actually Simon, the account had posted all of his previously deleted pictures over the span of a few days. That account currently has 1.4 million followers and his bio reads “Every story has two sides.”
Producers of The Tinder Swindler believe that to date, Simon has scammed over $10 million from victims. And he’s not the only one. According to the Federal Trade Commission, in 2021, Americans were conned out of $547 million. A staggering number for those simply looking for love.
TELL US – DID YOU WATCH THE TINDER SWINDLER? HAVE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW EVER BEEN SWINDLED BY A LOVE INTEREST? DO YOU THINK SIMON SHOULD BE IN JAIL?
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