Tinder Cheater Trial: Melbourne man who cheated on wife from Tinder accuses victim in court

A Melbourne man who stole more than $100,000 from women he met on dating apps continues to blame his victims, a court has heard.

Christopher Alan Collins, 33, has pleaded guilty to 24 charges including financial fraud, fraud and theft.

Between January 2020 and early 2021, he exploited three women he met on dating sites including Tinder and Oasis.

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After meeting his victims, he boasted about being a professional gambler and then convinced them to open online betting accounts, court documents show.

Collins stole more than $100,000 from his victims after fraudulently accessing their bank accounts. He then transferred the money to online betting sites including Sportsbet, TAB and bet365.

He used one of his victim’s phones while she was dancing at a Richmond pub and transferred $72,000 from her online banking into a betting account.

Christopher Alan Collins, 33, has pleaded guilty to 24 charges including financial fraud, fraud and theft. Recognition: 7NEWS

He told another victim, who was emotionally devastated by the financial impact of the crimes, that he had a friend in America who could help her get the money back. That never happened.

Collins has paid $10,000 to Melbourne Magistrates Court since June after the court received an indemnification order on Wednesday.

Judge Cecily Hollingworth said a recent psychological report raised several “red flags,” including that he lacked empathy for his victims.

“To a degree, he still blames the victims for what happened here,” she said.

Collins’ attorney Domenic Care attributed this to his “psychological predisposition” and his client had been diagnosed with a personality disorder.

He said Collins also has severe gambling addiction, ADHD and PTSD.

Hollingworth pointed out that the psychologist had noticed that Collins had bad attitudes towards women and said she would like him to complete a men’s behavior change program.

Collins has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on September 9.

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/melbournes-tinder-swindler-blames-victims-in-court-c-8072798 Tinder Cheater Trial: Melbourne man who cheated on wife from Tinder accuses victim in court

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