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Serial dating site conman sentenced to 24 years for bilking dozens of women

September 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Serial dating site conman sentenced to 24 years for bilking dozens of women

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Minnesota conman Derek M. Alldred who dropped a “trail of tears” while duping innocent women out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be a Navy pilot, a doctor and a professor has been sentenced to 24 years behind bars.

A judge last week, sentenced the 47-year-old Alldred after entering a guilty plea to charges of mail fraud and aggravated identity fraud tied to his victimizing over two dozen women he targeted after meeting them online.

One of the women that he victimized said the man said he as an international business lawyer before he stole $18,000 from her during a one-month period in 2014, during which he obtained an American Express card in her name after he obtained her Social Security number.

“He was taking me to dinner, buying flowers, and we had a trip to Hawaii that was close to $9,000” JoAnn Venhuizen said.

Venhuizen, who came across Alldred on Match.com, where he introduced himself as “Derek Alldred,” said the luxury vacation was used as a way for him to introduce the woman to his daughter, who was reportedly attending school in Hawaii.

But the meeting never came to fruition. That led Venhuizen to look into Alldred’s history, leading her to discover several news reports of him previously deceiving other women out of cash.

“I got very sick to my stomach,” Venhuizen added.

Alldred alleged that his ex-wife had been setting him up and Venhuizen kicked him out, and the pair never saw each other again.

However, Alldred’s web of lies came to a close after he met a woman near Dallas who went to authorities after finding out the real identity of the man she believed was Richard Tailor.

Detectives later learned that Alldred had charged over $12,000 on her credit card, sending purchases in his name to her house, including Ray-Ban glasses and a suit from Hugo Boss. All the while, Alldred was still in another relationship with another woman.

“For a year, I was in a dark place,” Venhuizen added. “What makes me feel like it’s not my fault is that he did this over and over … That helped me get over that.”

Alldred, who targeted at least four women in Minnesota and others in California, Hawaii, and Nevada, was also required to pay roughly $255,000 in restitution.

“This defendant left a trail of tears, devastation and financial ruin behind him,” US Attorney Joseph Brown stated. “It is clear that he will never change, and we expect his sentence to reflect that. We are glad we were able to get some justice for these women.”

Alldred also said he was as a doctor, a professor, and a defense analyst, police said. One victim knew him as the financier of hotels in Lake Tahoe, Maui, and other hotspot destinations.

“He asked, ‘You mind if I stay at your house? I want to move to San Francisco,’” Cindi Pardini recounts. “I said, ‘Sure, no problem.’”

A month later, Pardini lost more than $250,000 due to Alldred’s deception, including the depletion of her nest egg and other assets.

“That happened in one month,” she added.

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