Fugitive wanted for "romance fraud" scam in Georgia arrested at hotel in Cool Springs

Fugitive wanted for "romance fraud" scam in Georgia arrested at hotel in Cool Springs

Acting on a tip, Tuesday night, Franklin Police arrested a Georgia fugitive at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, after the man accused of duping women out of money after starting romantic relationships with them hid under a table in the hotel.

John Martin Hill, 34, wanted out of Gwinnett County, attempted to evade arriving Franklin Police Officers by darting into a hotel conference room and hiding under a table. Officers ordered Hill from under that table and arrested him.

Hill is being held as a fugitive from justice, on a $500,000 bond, in the Williamson County Jail. Georgia authorities are working out the details of Hill’s extradition.

Officials in Gwinnett County said that an Alpharetta, Georgia woman claimed that Hill, whom she had met on Match.com, told her he was a millionaire and proposed marriage after a week together.

The woman gave the suspect more than $80,000 to use toward the purchase of a house and furniture.  Following the exchange of money, the suspect ceased all contact.

A detective investigating the case learned that the suspect lives at an apartment in Duluth with another woman and child, and reported that he had changed his name multiple times during the past two and a half years.

He was wanted under a Gwinnett County warrant for theft by deception. Law enforcement officials in Gwinnett County reported that since news of the incident was published, they heard from several other women who stated that they were either in a relationship with Hill or knew someone who was romantically involved with him.


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