Tinder suitor faked relatives’ cancer, scammed women out of $26K: Manhattan DA

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NEW YORK — The Manhattan District Attorney announced the indictment of a man who allegedly used the dating app Tinder to steal money from women.

According to court documents, Brandon Kiehm, 35, is accused of stealing approximately $26,000 from two women he met on Tinder.

The first recorded incident happened in August, 2015. Kiehm allegedly told the woman he needed cash after losing access to his bank account. He later told her that he needed money to help pay for his sister’s cancer treatments. The woman gave Kiehm $14,000, court documents show.

Kiehm wrote the woman a check to pay her back from a closed bank account. The woman realized the check was fake when her bank rejected it.

A few months later in October, Kiehm was charged with stealing around $12,000 from a second woman he met on Tinder. He made similar claims about a family member needing cancer treatment. She gave Kiehm the money in cash up front. Just like the first victim, Kiehm wrote her a check to a closed account.

“The classic dating scams of yesteryear appear to be thriving online,” said District Attorney Vance.

Vance says they are seeing an increase of scammers targeting single people online.

Kiehm was also charged in a separate scam for allegedly stealing debit card information from a man who employed him as a dog walker. Kiehm allegedly opened a Venmo account and made payments to himself for approximately $13,000 over two months.

He was charged with three counts of grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud.