An online dating conman who scammed £15,000 from one victim alone managed to swindle money from more victims from his prison cell after getting hold of a smartphone while on day release.
Amir Tofangsazan, 32, was jailed for seven years and nine months in 2015 after being convicted of 15 counts of fraud.
He lied about being a successful businessman and a brain surgeon on online dating apps, and managed to win the trust of vulnerable women, who sent him money.
While still serving his sentence, he managed to get a phone while on day release from HMP Ford, in West Sussex, and used dating apps to con three more “vulnerable and lonely” victims into handing him money.
One victim lost up to £4,000 after he contacted her on Tinder claiming to be a respected international trauma surgeon.
He told her told her he had worked in hospitals across the world and had a portfolio of properties and a fleet of expensive cars, but that he was having a cashflow problem and needed to borrow money so he could renew his medical registration.
Tofangsazan then spent the money she sent on gambling websites.
On Monday, a judge called him a “committed fraudster” and sentenced him to a further three years behind bars.