A man who scammed more than 19 women by contacting them through online dating sites and then conning them out of money and jewelry was sentenced, a District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Jeffrey Elvington, 39, of Saugus, (right) was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation after making a plea deal with the D.A.
“He pleaded no contest to one count of second degree commercial burglary that occurred on Nov. 2 at Macy’s,” said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.
“He also pleaded no contest to one felony count of grand theft, which occurred in December of 2012,” she said. “He pleaded no contest to those two counts.”
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau sought the public’s help in identifying more victims after they uncovered five victims who were scammed by Elvington
Through their investigation, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives identified more than 19 victims, according to a station official.
Detectives investigated Elvington for using popular dating websites like Match.com to gain the trust of women and then steal their property.
“In one case, he was saying he was a personal chef for the stars,” said Sgt. James Anderson, who is in charge of the investigation. “In another case, he said he was working for the government and the military in the special forces. He would make up elaborate professions to make himself seem more desirable to the people he scammed.”
He would then steal things like their credit card information from his victims, and use their credit card numbers to purchase high-end electronics to later sell.
The suspect has contacted many other women over the last two years. All but one of the victims are Santa Clarita residents.
“He was buying a lot of iPads,” Anderson said. “It’s thousands of dollars.”
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station conducted a surveillance and search warrant in the Saugus area of Santa Clarita. That’s where the suspect was contacted and arrested.