TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Federal prosecutors say a man who used to live in Tallahassee pretended to be a surgeon on dating websites in order to scam women out of their money.
According to the Northern District of Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office, 46-year-old Brian Wedgeworth used at least 13 different aliases between Oct. 2016 and March 2021 as he swindled women on various online dating forums.
The indictment says he was able to establish relationships with at least 21 women in Florida, California, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Maryland using websites like Match, Plenty of Fish, Chrisitan Mingle, Hinge and Bumble.
“The indictment further alleges that Wedgeworth made promises to the women in order to induce them to send him money and buy him jewelry and watches,” the press release says. “Wedgeworth is alleged to have fraudulently obtained more than $750,000 in funds and property as a result of his scheme.”
While pretending to be a doctor on the dating sites, Wedgeworth would offer to pay the women’s loans and other debts to gain their trust, the indictment says. The women would then give him their personal identification information, accounts numbers, passwords and logins.
Wedgeworth would then send electronic payments to the women’s various creditors; however, those payments were made with bank accounts with insufficient funds or were previously closed, the court document says.
“By making these electronic payments, Brian Wedgeworth caused…