A doctor has opened up about the horrific moment she realized the lover she met on dating site Plenty of Fish had conned her out of $197,000 – even targeting her MUM without her knowledge.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Liz Todd, 28, revealed she met a man, who named himself ‘Christopher Smith’, real name Christopher Heayns, on a dating site in 2013.
But it was the start of months of hell, as he slowly planned to con her out of $197,000, which she has claimed he even spent on “prostitutes and strippers”.
The fraudster, whose real name is Christopher Heayns, had reportedly previously been jailed for fraud seven times, with 133 convictions, and had only been out of jail for 11 days when he targeted Liz.
He has now been jailed for more than nine years and convicted of four counts of fraud following the shocking deceit, with a judge later branding him the “most dishonest person I have ever encountered”.
Speaking out today, Liz admitted she is now having to face selling her home to pay off debts he gathered in her name.
The con artist ‘Christopher Smith’ real name Christopher Heayns,
He took out five credit cards in Liz’ name, racked up $65,000 of bills, and even targeted Liz’ Mom without her knowledge, asking for an additional $102,000.
Liz also claimed he hosted a “prostitute party” at his home while she was working a night shift.
“It was done in such a clever way. He paid for everything first, everything was so calculated, so practiced,” she told the hosts of the ITV show today.
Asked if she ever felt something wasn’t right, she said: “There was nothing about his past that didn’t make sense. He just seemed so normal. He took in everyone around us.”
It wasn’t just Liz who was deceived, as Christopher met her family and friends too, who all reportedly trusted him.
Liz added: “He was paying for things at first. He targeted my mum separately and I had no idea.”
Victim Liz Todd
Liz’ mum has now been forced to return to work to pay off her debts.
“As far as I was aware he was a barrister who went to work every day,” she admitted. “When I finally confronted him, the threats he made became very chilling.”
Liz only realized she had been conned when she received a text from a builder working on Heayns’ home with a link to a newspaper article from 2008.
Clicking on, she saw the headline ‘Conman Jailed’ next to a picture of her boyfriend.
Liz said: “I’ll never understand why he did it, why he targeted me. He’s obviously a very deranged individual.”
“The thought that I was once in love with him — or the person I thought he was — makes me feel physically sick.
“I feel violated for having had those feelings. Facing him in court was the most humiliating experience of my life. I felt everyone was judging me, wondering how on earth I could have got myself into this situation.”