Shimon Hayut, known as a Tinder swindler, could face jail time in Spain, where a warrant for his arrest has been issued, according to the British Daily Mail. The police became interested in Hayut when he was driving a luxury Maserati car: a certain Russian woman was sitting next to them, and he himself was driving. Hayut told the police that he was a tourist named Michael Bilton and filed a fake claim to that name. One of the police officers, who specializes in recognizing false documents, recognized the swindler.
Recall that Shimon Hayut, a native of Bnei Brak, posed as Shimon Leviev, the son of the Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, and robbed the inhabitants of Scandinavia using a detailed fraudulent scheme.
Shimon Hayut, who posed as the son of Israeli businessman Lev Leviev, was actually born and raised in Bnei Brak. His father, Rabbi Yohanan Hayut, works for El Al Airlines. Hayut Jr. in Israel is accused of several cases of fraud. In 2011, he managed to escape the country on a fake passport just before his sentencing in court.
After fleeing Israel, the charming swindler posed as a billionaire, lived in posh hotels and hosted parties on yachts, and when his money ran out, he borrowed money from his wealthy girlfriends, whom he met through the mobile phone app Tinder.
According to one of his victims, she met a scammer at the London Four Seasons Hotel. He arrived at the meeting accompanied by several people, introducing whom he said that they were his bodyguard, secretary, personal assistant and driver. While the “boss” was drinking coffee with the girl, the rest of the team was waiting for him in the lobby. The girl says that the presence of a team of “assistants” created a feeling in the potential victim that he was really talking about a very successful businessman. Having borrowed money, Shimon Hayut “teared” with his girlfriend.
He was arrested in 2019 in Greece during a joint operation by the Israeli police and Interpol, extradited to Israel, where he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. 5 months after the start of serving his sentence, he was released due to the coronavirus epidemic. The streaming television company Netflix made a documentary based on his adventures, “The Tinder Swindler”,