Tinder fraudster who claimed to be a wealthy surgeon must pay back thousands of pounds he conned from ‘vulnerable and lonely’ women
- Amir Tofangsazan, 32, was jailed for seven years and nine months back in 2015
- But he got hold of a mobile phone on a day release at HMP Ford, in West Sussex
- Tofangsazan used dating apps to con three more people into handing him money
- Today he was told at Lewes Crown Court he faced having to pay back the money
Amir Tofangsazan (pictured at Lewes Crown Court last year), 32, was jailed for seven years and nine months in 2015 after being convicted of 15 counts of fraud
A Tinder fraudster who claimed to be a wealthy surgeon has been told to pay back thousands of pounds he conned from ‘vulnerable and lonely’ women.
Amir Tofangsazan, 32, was jailed for seven years and nine months in 2015 after being convicted of 15 counts of fraud.
But he got hold of a phone while on day release at HMP Ford, in West Sussex, and used dating apps to con three more people into handing him money.
One victim lost up to £4,000 after he contacted her on Tinder claiming to be a respected international trauma surgeon.
Tofangsazan told her he had worked in hospitals across the world and had a portfolio of properties and a fleet of expensive cars.
But he said he was having cash flow problems and needed money to renew his medical registration.
The victim agreed to hand over money and then made repeated payments to him which he then gambled away on an online betting account.
He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to three years in prison last year, with the judge branding him a ‘committed fraudster’ who preyed on ‘lonely, vulnerable women’ seeking a romantic partner.
Today Tofangsazan faced court again and was told he faced having to pay back the money he conned from women looking for romance.
At a hearing at Lewes Crown Court Judge Martin Huseyin said the fraudster faced a ‘confiscation order’ for the offences he was sentenced for last year.
At the hearing last year Edward Hand, prosecuting, said using an alias of Dr Jason Fleming, Tofangsazan contacted one woman through Tinder.
Mr Hand said: ‘He said he was a surgeon working in London. He made boasts about his properties abroad and vehicles he owned.
‘But he complained he was having problems with his bank accessing wages and accounts and it was causing him problems with his medical employers and registration.’
He said the victim transferred money to Tofangsazan using an online account and the relationship developed further and became physical and sexual when he was released on licence.
He got hold of a phone while on day release at HMP Ford, in West Sussex, and used dating apps to con three more people into handing him money. Pictured: In a mugshot
Eventually the woman became suspicious and when police, alerted by a former victim, contacted her she realised she had been duped.
The court heard Tofangsazan had a history of ‘romance frauds’ and had committed more than 40 offences.
He pleaded guilty to the three most recent offences when he appeared at crown court in November.
The fraudster had been previously jailed after he created several profiles claiming to be a doctor or a barrister to con women out of thousands of pounds.
One victim was so convinced that their relationship was genuine and long-term she handed over almost £15,000 to Tofangsazan.
After the case last year, Detective Constable Chris Church from the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said: ‘Tofangsazan has a history of this type of offending, and he committed these most recent frauds whilst on day release from prison.
‘He has again shown his arrogance, callousness, and his propensity to deceive and exploit women for financial gain.
‘These frauds have had an emotional and financial impact on the victims, and I hope today’s result allows them to put their ordeal behind them.’
Tofangsazan will face the ‘confiscation order’ later this month.