New Jersey ‘Dating Scammer’ faces more time after escaping from prison – NBC New York
A New Jersey man who served twice in prison for using dating services to defraud women is facing more time after a recent escape from prison.
Patrick Giblin appeared on video conference Monday in a federal court in Camden. The 56-year-old had been a refugee from last July until he was captured last week in Atlantic City.
A message was left with an attorney representing Giblin.
According to a criminal complaint, Giblin had been given permission to travel from the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to an intermediate house in Newark, where he would serve his final sentence, a five-year sentence for cheating on multiple women.
Giblin was granted permission to fly from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Newark with a stopover in North Carolina. According to the complaint, prison staff escorted Giblin to Harrisburg Airport and watched him board the plane. However, he never showed up in Newark and was declared a refugee.
According to court records, it wasn’t the first time Giblin had slipped away from authorities. He was arrested in New York State in 2014 for violating his supervised release policy after serving several years in jail for wire fraud related to a dating service scam.
Giblin served ads on phone dating services nationwide from January 2013 to December 2014, according to court records from his 2017 conviction. He wanted to entice women into relationships and then asked them for loans that he refused to repay, prosecutors said. He has victimized more than 10 women in different states.
Giblin would tell the women he wanted a relationship and needed a loan to move into their area, prosecutors said. He would then have his victims transfer money or have them transfer money to a pay / debit card he used. Prosecutors said he used some of that money to buy cell phone minutes so he could cheat on more women.