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She met a man on match and got engaged a week later. Then he took off with her $80,000, police say

CNN logo CNN 5/24/2019 By Faith Karimi, CNN
a man wearing a suit and tie: John Martin Hill, 35, will be extradited to Georgia from Tennessee, where he was arrested. © Gwinnett County Police Department John Martin Hill, 35, will be extradited to Georgia from Tennessee, where he was arrested.

A man accused of swindling $80,000 from a Georgia woman he met online has been arrested in Tennessee -- and is wanted in other states for similar scams, authorities said.

John Martin Hill, 35, connected with the woman from Alpharetta, Georgia, on Match.com in late March, the Gwinnett County Police Department said Wednesday.

Hill took the woman out on a date the same day they met, and the two agreed to get married a week later, authorities said.

He told the woman he's a millionaire, and they decided to invest in a love nest. The woman gave her now fiancé $80,000 to help with the home's purchase, police said.

"During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together. They went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in," the Gwinnett County Police Department said.

When he got the money, he cut all contact with the woman, police said.

He had another home and another family

As investigators looked into the case, they unveiled a scam that went beyond Georgia.

The man lived with another woman and a child in Duluth, Georgia -- and he's wanted in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey for similar scams, authorities said.

Since then, several women have come forward and said they were in a relationship with him, or knew women who were. Hill has changed his name at least five times in two and a half years, police said.

Police arrested him Wednesday at a hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.

"He attempted to evade ... officers by darting into a hotel conference room and hiding under a table. Officers ordered Hill from under that table and arrested him," the Franklin Police Department said in a statement. 

Police urge women to be cautious

Authorities applauded the woman who reported the scam, saying she likely saved others from a similar fate.

"By sharing this story, it is our hope that he is not able to victimize any other women using this scam," Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. "These types of con men are very good at manipulating their victims. They tend to say everything that a woman wants to hear."

Hill is being held on a $500,000 bond as he awaits extradition to Georgia, where he faces a charge of theft by deception -- a felony. Information on his attorney was not immediately available. 

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