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UPDATE: Saugus man re-arrested in online dating scam

Posted: June 6, 2013 8:36 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2013 8:17 p.m.

Jeffrey Scott Elvington

 

To more than half a dozen duped women he was a member of the Special Forces, a secret agent and a chef to celebrities.

But Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives say 39-year-old Jeffrey Elvington is someone who steals from women by contacting them online and pretending to be someone he’s not, an official said during a news conference Thursday morning.

Elvington was 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.

On Tuesday deputies re-arrested him, claiming he was running the same scam, but he was later released and no charges were filed.

Now investigators want his alleged victims, most of whom have been from the Santa Clarita Valley, to call them if they’ve had money or credit cards stolen by the Saugus man, according to Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Detectives suspect there are about half a dozen women victimized recently.

“Some of the victims have told us he makes up elaborate professions and lifestyles, calling himself a celebrity chef to the stars or a special forces or CIA agent or with special forces in the military,” Dubin said at a news conference Thursday morning.

“And this is all done to entice women and lure them in but to also gain their trust.”

One website dedicated to exposing people who lie about their identities online has posted photos of military uniforms reportedly posted by Elvington.

One online photo shows a military uniform arm patch with “Elvington” on it. Another depicts “3rd Ranger Div.”
“He’s a smooth talker,” Dubin said.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have been a victim of Elvington to contact Detective Elsee at 661-255-1121 (ref -07612).

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