Fresh from serving a sentence for conning women out of money through telephone dating services, a Ventnor man is charged with wire fraud for continuing the deception after bolting a halfway house, and while on supervised release.


Patrick Giblin, 52, was re-arrested today upon leaving the Fairton federal prison, west of Atlantic City, and compleed his initial apprearance on the new charge in Camden, according to information from the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Giblin was sentenced to nine years, seven months in April 2007, and given two more years in October 2015 for violating parole. If convicted of the new charge, Giblin would face up to 20 years in prison and fines as high as $250,000.

The eight victims, in five states and Canada, who allegedly were fleeced for more than $7,000, is only a fraction of the actual number believed to be involved, investgators said.

Giblin was out on parole for victimizing more than 50 women out of more than $200,000, when he left New Jersey and continued the operation in Colonie, New York, authorities said.

Between December 2012 and December 2014, Giblin allegedly developed relationships through the dating services, posting messages and ads claiming that he owned beachfront land in Atlantic City, worked in the casino business, and planned to move to the areas in which potential victims lived.

He then convinced victims to send money through Western Union, Moneygram and other wire services, to help him pay for non-existent expenditures such as moving costs and car repairs, promising to repay them, authorities said.

Giblin was in federal custody since his December 2014 arrest by U.S.Marshals.

Criminal charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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