Man admits to swindling women in online dating scam


A 47-year-old man has admitted to swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from women by posing as an oil tycoon on various dating websites.

Federal prosecutors say John Edward Taylor pleaded guilty to wire fraud and sending threatening communications in connection with the seven-year scheme.

Prosecutors say Taylor stole or attempted to steal, money, credit and personal information from women on several websites, including, eHarmony and Craigslist, often describing himself as a wealthy businessman with oil and land interests in North Dakota.

When confronted with the thefts, prosecutors say Taylor threatened some of the victims, saying he would share private photos of them to their employers.

Taylor faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 4.

Attorney information for Taylor wasn’t immediately available.