A conman from Doncaster has pleaded guilty to fraud, after stealing almost £30,000 from vulnerable women he befriended on internet dating sites.
Jonathan Hill of Corona Drive, Thorne, has pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud by false representation.
Hill met the women on internet dating sites, building up relationships with them and gaining their trust in order to be able to defraud them.
He pretended he was employed in various different guises and needed cash.
The 43-year-old was arrested in March last year following reports made to police by a woman claiming he had defrauded her of just over £18,000.
As part of the investigation three further women were identified, who also claimed they had been defrauded by Hill for amounts of £10,963, £6,700, and £880.
DC Vicky Alcock described Hill as a ‘calculating individual’.
“I want to praise the women who have had the courage to come forward. He used the internet to search dating websites with the sole intention of finding females to exploit, manipulate and take advantage of financially and emotionally.
“I am pleased he has pleaded guilty and saved his victims the ordeal of a trial.”
Hill pleaded guilty to deceptively obtaining amounts totalling £28,785 between December 2011 and August 2013.
He claimed to one woman that he worked as a debt collector, and to the others he said he was a covert prison officer who needed money.
Hill is due to be sentenced at a later date.