NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 11:46 PM
Brandon Kiehm, 35, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud.
A twisted Tinder user relied on the popular dating app to steal thousands of dollars from women after giving them a fake sob story about a relative with cancer, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Brandon Kiehm, 35, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud for taking $ 14,000 from one woman and $ 12,000 from another, according to the Manhattan district attorney.
Kiehm preyed “on the sympathy of these two women” by telling them a relative was “very ill with cancer,” Assistant District Attorney Raphaelle Monty said at the suspect’s arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court.
In a sad twist, “One of the victims is actually a cancer survivor herself,” Monty added.
In a third incident, Kiehm allegedly stole from a man who hired him as a dog walker.
The first Tinder victim met Kiehm on the site in July 2015 when he told her his name was Tristan Acocella and that he worked at Goldman Sachs.
He gave a similar song and dance to the next woman in October, saying he’d been robbed and his mother was very ill.
Kiehm, of Roosevelt Island, pleaded not guilty and raced out of the courtroom with a hat and a hood covering his face.
Kiehm stole debit card information belonging to his employer for a dog walking gig and then made charges to a Venmo account he’d set up to the tune of $ 13,000, prosecutors allege.
Brandon Kiehm preyed “on the sympathy of these two women” by telling them a relative was “very ill with cancer,” Assistant District Attorney Raphaelle Monty said.
He was released on his own recognizance at his first arraignment last month.
According to court papers, Kiehm used dough from the first victim “to gamble” and admitted he “owed her money.”
Cops also spoke to his mother who said “that neither she nor her daughter currently have or had cancer,” the criminal complaint says.
Kiehm told the first victim he would pay her back, court papers said. But the two checks he issued to her bounced, according to documents.
The $ 30,000 he offered her in checks were from a closed account, the papers said.
The checks had also been tampered with, according to the district attorney.
The same problem happened with the second woman, prosecutors said. She got two bad checks that totaled $ 10,000 — but of course, they bounced, the district attorney said.
“The classic dating scams of yesteryear appear to be thriving online,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.