OurTime dating site Romeo scams Colorado widower out of $600k+ in crypto

Crime, News | August 23, 2022 By:

On Friday, August 19, 2022, Charles Clark filed a complaint against Christine Kimberly Bradslaw, also known as Leanne Kezin, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The case is styled as ‘Clark v. Kezin.’

The plaintiff is an older gentleman residing in Colorado Springs. After his wife passed away in April 2020, Mr. Clark sought to make new acquaintances. Mr. Clark joined an online dating service called “Our Time” and posted a personal profile. According to Mr. Clark, he provided an excessive amount of personal details, which made him an attractive target to online fraudsters.

Ms. Kezin, located Mr. Clark’s profile and made online contact, utilizing the alias “Christine Bradslaw.” They started communicating regularly via email and text messages, and over time they began to express romantic interest in one another. However, it later became apparent that Kezin had only done so in order to cheat Mr. Clark out of his money.

Ms. Kezin informed Mr. Clark that she was temporarily located in South Africa, where she was engaged in exporting gemstones to the United States and to Colorado Springs in particular. She told him that Citibank had tied up her funds and asked Mr. Clark for financial assistance in order to move forward with her plans to export gemstones to the U.S. Mr. Clark agreed to loan her money, and she agreed to repay it.

The complaint states:

“On 10 October 2020 “Bradslaw” executed a “Promissory Letter,” which acknowledged that Mr. Clark had loaned her $30,150 and that she would repay him “in full without any interest less than a week after my arrival in the United States.” At that time, “Bradshaw” was communicating to Clark that she intended to be in Colorado Springs with the gemstones before long.

By the spring of 2021, Ms. “Bradshaw” had not returned to the U.S. with the gemstones. Instead, she continued an elaborate fraud scheme, whereby she would send Mr. Clark invoices, shipping paperwork, and other documents related to her ostensible business, all of which were designed to make it look like her business was real and that the exportation of gemstones was proceeding. This paperwork was utilized to support Ms. Kezin’s continuing requests to Mr. Clark for additional monies. She repeatedly advised Mr. Clark that she would pay him back for what he had advanced her.”

The complaint continues:

Unfortunately, for Mr. Clark, he was completely taken in by Kezin and her lies. He believed that he was sending money overseas (in cryptocurrency) to help his lover and future mate with her legitimate jewelry business. Between 1 October 2020 and 22 September 2021, Mr. Clark provided Ms. “Bradslaw” with a total of $664,730. Ms. “Bradslaw” repeatedly promised to repay Mr. Clark all the money that he had sent her, plus “a little extra,” very soon after her arrival in Colorado, along with the gemstones. In reality, Ms. Kezin never had any actual plans to come to this country.

By the fall of 2021, after Mr. Clark had provided the total sum described in the previous paragraph, Mr. Clark became suspicious of Kezin. He called her out on a number of questionable matters in their relationship. She reacted with indignation. However, once she discovered that she could not bilk any more funds out of Mr. Clark, contact between the two of them ceased.

Mr. Clark is requesting that the Court enter judgment in his favor with an award of money damages in an amount to be established at trial, treble damages under the Colorado civil theft statute, costs, attorneys’ fees, and such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

 

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