Las Vegas man sentenced for duping fraud victims he met on social online


A Las Vegas man who stole from more than 40 victims, some who he met through online dating sites such as Tinder and Bumble, has been sentenced.

Sean Christopher Sladek, 40, was ordered to serve 46 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in May 2017 in connection with an investment fraud scheme, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

Sladek was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,422,923 and a forfeiture money judgment of $2,638,143.26.

Officials said Sladek falsely told individuals, including some he met on social media and online dating sites, he was a successful securities trader and investor. Officials said he lured one victim in California into giving him $100,000 in May 2013.

Sladek promised victims he would generate positive returns from any money given to him from “trading, securities transactions, and investment in securities.” Instead, he used the monies to fund personal expenses including gambling, dining, and other entertainment.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.