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Scottish fraudster Tinder Squirler who scammed 10 women out of £200k for lavish holidays sentenced to 12 years in prison

Scottish fraudster Tinder Squirler who scammed 10 women out of £200k for lavish holidays sentenced to 12 years in prison

A RAPIST dubbed the Tinder scammer has been in jail for 12 years after a law enforcement officer criticised the greedy conman for defrauding ten women in so-called “romance scams”.

Self-aggrandising psychopath Christopher Harkins muttered “This is a disgrace” as he was led back to his cell in handcuffs after his sentence was handed down at Kilmarnock High Court.

Christopher Harkins was convicted of sexual and violent offencesSource: POLICE SCOTLAND
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He defrauded women of £214,000

Harkins committed 19 offences over six years and defrauded his victims of more than £214,000.

Judge Alistair Watson said: “Your conduct towards the victims indicates a very high level of culpability.

“You abused the trust each of your victims placed in you.

“The number, nature and manner of committing the crimes indicate a significant degree of planning.

“This process took place over a prolonged period of time and involved a significant number of separate victims.

“It is clear from the evidence presented at trial that in some cases you identified victims on the basis of their perceived vulnerability.

Victims describe in detail the feelings of shame, humiliation, stress and exhaustion they experienced as a result of the crime committed.

Judge Alistair Watson

“The level of damage you have caused is extremely high.

“Many of your victims were deprived of all or part of their personal savings, leaving some of them in financial difficulty.”

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These types of scams are commonly referred to as “romance scams.”

“The court finds that this is a particular type of fraud that preys on a person’s sympathy and emotions, where the fictitious requests and explanations about the need for money were in fact calculated ploys designed to take advantage of the decency of these women.”

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He said of a victim impact statement given to the court: “It describes in detail the feelings of shame, humiliation, stress and exhaustion you have experienced as a result of your criminal conduct.”

He was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely and his victims were given an indefinite restraining order.

Katrina Parkes, procurator fiscal for sexual offences at the High Court of Scotland, said: “Christopher Harkins clearly poses a significant risk to women due to his calculating, manipulative and aggressive behaviour.

His many victims showed great courage by reporting him to the authorities.

Katrina ParkesProcurator Fiscal Scotland’s High Court Sexual Offences Prosecutor

“His many victims showed tremendous courage in reporting him to the authorities.

“We hope this sentence brings relief to the women he targeted, while also protecting others from his pathetic schemes and corrupt actions.

“This was a complex case and I would like to thank the prosecution team for their efforts in obtaining this conviction.

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“We would like to encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of a similar crime to report it.

“You will be heard and we will use all the tools at our disposal to seek justice.”