A New Jersey man who has twice served prison terms for using dating services to defraud women is facing longer after a recent prison break.
Patrick Giblin appeared on video conference Monday in Camden Federal Court. The 56-year-old had been a fugitive from last July until his capture last week in Atlantic City.
A message was left with a lawyer representing Giblin.
According to a criminal complaint, Giblin had been authorized to travel from federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., To a halfway house in Newark where he would finish serving his last prison sentence, a five-year sentence for defrauding several women.
Giblin was cleared to fly from Harrisburg, PA to Newark with a stopover in North Carolina. According to the complaint, prison staff accompanied Giblin to the Harrisburg airport and watched him board the plane. However, he never showed up in Newark and was declared a fugitive.
It wasn’t the first time Giblin had escaped authorities, according to court records. He was arrested in upstate New York in 2014 for violating his supervised release conditions after serving several years in prison for wire fraud in a dating scam.
According to court records from his 2017 conviction, Giblin ran ads on telephone dating services across the country from January 2013 to December 2014. He sought to lure women into relationships and then allegedly ask them for loans that he did. he had no intention of repaying, prosecutors said. . He victimized more than 10 women in various states.
Giblin would tell women he wanted a relationship and needed a loan to move to their area, prosecutors said. He would then ask his victims to wire him money or transfer the money to a payroll / debit card he was using. Prosecutors said he used some of that money to buy cell phone minutes so he could defraud more women.