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Monday, 13 February 2017 11:18

Online Dating Sites Offer Easy Prey for Scammers Featured

Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, but be sure you’re not looking for love in all the wrong places, Attorney General Mark Brnovich warns.

Brnovich points to the account of Daylon Pierce, who was indicted by a State Grand Jury on 29 felony charges for his alleged involvement in online dating scams. Since Pierce’s arrest and indictiment in June 2016, eleven additional victims have been identified. A total of 13 women have allegedly been scammed by Pierce.

According to a press release by Attorney General’s office, “From February 2015 to November 2015, Daylon Pierce AKA Daylon Jung is accused of setting up profile pages on dating websites including Big Beautiful People, Match.comPlentyOfFish.com, and Tinder.com. Pierce allegedly began romantic relationships with women he met through online dating websites and then convinced them to invest thousands of dollars in fraudulent investments.

"Pierce allegedly told victims he was a successful licensed stockbroker. There is no record of Pierce being a licensed stockbroker. He stated that he owned his own investment company Credit Investment Group, LLC.  Pierce may have been conducting similar schemes under the entity names of Rebuild Solution Group, LLC, and Lion Gate and under different aliases.

The 29 felony counts that Pierce is facing include:

  • One Count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Class 2 Felony

  • Two Counts of Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Class 3 Felonies

  • Ten Counts of Theft, Class 2 Felonies

  • Three Counts of Theft, Class 3 Felonies

  • Thirteen Counts of Transactions by Unregistered Dealer or Salesperson, Class 4 Felonies.

According to the indictment, Pierce allegedly scammed over $200,000 from the victims.  

The Phoenix Field Office of the FBI investigated this matter. 

The Attorney General’s office is seeking the public’s assistance in gathering any further information on Daylon G. Pierce, aka Daylon Jung. The contact number is 602.542.8888.

Last modified on Monday, 13 February 2017 11:53
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