Pro­fes­sional scam­mer

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - True Crime -

He was once known for his abil­ity to lift his team’s spir­its when the chips were down, but that quickly changed when Tas­ma­nian foot­baller Leigh Ab­bot scammed women he met on Tin­der by con­vinc­ing them to hand over their money or he’d ex­pose sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­to­graphs they’d sent to him.

Over two years, the 37-year-old, from Glen­dalough, Tas­ma­nia, in­stilled fear into his vic­tims, claim­ing he knew mem­bers of no­to­ri­ous Aussie bikie gangs, and if they did not com­ply with his strict de­mands, they would cause these in­no­cent women great harm. From 2014 to 2016, the pro­fes­sional con artist scammed $157,000 from 12 women, with one sin­gle mum even hand­ing over $25,000.

While he claimed “It was just too easy,” this tragic story of de­ceit fi­nally came to a close in 2017 when he was sen­tenced to five and a half years in jail on 21 charges, in­clud­ing 12 counts of fraud.

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