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Accused online scammer arrested for third time this year

D.A. file charges against man who allegedly steals from women he meets through dating services

Posted: September 9, 2013 6:49 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 2013 6:49 p.m.

For the third time in eight months, a man dubbed the “e-dater” for allegedly stealing from women he meets online and dupes into trusting him has been arrested, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Monday.

Jeffrey Scott Elvington, now 40, was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Monday and booked into custody at the Santa Clarita Valley jail, Deputy Josh Dubin said.

“At a press conference in June, we asked for more victims to come forward,” he said, noting that local detectives were “putting another case together.”

More women did come forward as requested, claiming they were victims, he said.

The new case was presented to prosecutors at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who “ultimately issued a warrant for his arrest,” Dubin said.

“This afternoon he was located in Santa Monica,” he said.

Local detectives with the Major Crimes Detail and members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Fugitive Unit arrested Elvington in Santa Monica on suspicion of having committed theft and burglary, both felonies.

Elvington was being held on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday.

He had been arrested in February and charged with three felonies for scamming women he met through dating services. He pleaded no contest in March to one count and received a suspended sentence.

Deputies re-arrested him in June, claiming he was running the same scam, but he was later released and no charges were filed.

“Detectives did a thorough job on this,” Dubin said.


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