Dating site romance leads to $80,000 loss for Alpharetta woman

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ALPHARETTA — An Alpharetta woman met a man on an online dating website and was defrauded of more than $80,000. 

The victim reported to the Gwinnett County Police Department that she met a man named John Hill on Match.com.

They interacted on March 27 and met the same day. The suspect told the victim that he was a millionaire.

During their short romance, police say he convinced the woman to buy a house together.

The couple went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in.  Within just a week of knowing one another, the couple agreed to get married.

Police say the woman gave the suspect more than $80,000 to use toward the purchase of a house and furniture. Following the exchange of money, the suspect ceased all contact.

The case was assigned to a detective in the Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit. The detective learned that the suspect lives at an apartment in Duluth with another woman and child. He also recently purchased a 2014 BMW and painted it black. 

The suspect’s name is John Martin Hill. He is 35-years-old and his last known place of residence is on Plantation Trace Drive in unincorporated Duluth. 

According to police, further investigation into Hill revealed that he has changed his name more than five times in the past two and a half years.

He is accused of committing similar crimes in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.

As of now, Hill has an active warrant in Gwinnett County for Theft by Deception.  His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Police are asking anyone with information on this case to contact detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com

Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. The case number is 19-032646.

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