Tinder fraudster who posed as doctor facing jail after re-joining dating app

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A conman who once posed as an internationally-recognised doctor like Netflix conman Dirty John is facing more jail time after re-joining Tinder and Bumble.

Amir Tofangsazan, 33, was jailed for seven years and nine months in 2015 after being convicted of 15 counts of romance fraud.

He even scammed one victim of up to £4,000 after Tofangsazan told her he was a respected international trauma surgeon called Dr Jason Fleming.

The lie was eerily similar to serial conman John Meehan in truce crime Netflix series, Dirty John, where Meehan tells his victim he is an anesthesiologist who had worked for Doctors Without Borders.

During the 2015 court case, it was heard Tofangsazan created a number of fake profiles over two years to fool women into dating him.

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Once he had gained their trust, he would ask them for loans or money for flight or events tickets that would never be paid back.

One woman lost up to £15,000 but he was caught out when another victim found a note in his pocket containing his real name and Googled it to find he had been involved in a string of other frauds.

Lewes Crown Court issued an order banning Tofangsazan from owning a phone or laptop without telling police, and from signing up to dating apps like Tinder.

Tofangsazan, from Barnet, north London, is now facing more jail time after Wood Green Crown Court heard he breached his criminal behaviour order by joining Tinder on or before January 20, 2020, and joining Bumble on or before March 13.

He also admitted having two phones, a laptop, and moving house without telling police on or before July 15.

Defending, Bethan Rodgers, said she wanted to order a psychiatric report for Tofangsazan as prison time had "no impact" on his behaviour, which suggested the offending was "compulsive".

She said: "We wish to apply for a psychological report. The defendant has a significant history of exactly this kind of offending.

"It seems as if there's somewhat of a compulsive nature to do it.

"Despite having served a prison sentence in the past, it has had no impact on his behaviour."

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