Police: Man used online dating to steal IDs

March 23, 2010 3:29:29 PM PDT
Philadelphia police have arrested a man accused of stealing the identities of women that he met through an online dating website.

Police say 32-year-old J.D. Singh racked up charges on credit cards that he opened using the identities of at least three local women that he dated.

At least, Singh is the name he's using.

Police searched his hotel room on Chestnut Street on Monday night and found numerous I.D.'s with at least three different names.

Singh allegedly targeted women of Indian descent, wealthy women from prominent families.

Singh's long odyssey ended at a condo on Rittenhouse Square. He was lured here by one of his alleged victims, not knowing she was on to him, and had called the police.

"He just walked in with a big bouquet of flowers and a big cake," said Sgt. Cynthia Kelly of the Philadelphia Police. "We were standing there with a shiny pair of handcuffs."

He's facing numerous charges including forgery and theft by deception.

He is being held on $1.5 million dollars bail.

Singh travelled the world and may have a long trail of victims. He's charged with three cases here in Philadelphia while police investigate up to five more.

They've heard from jurisdictions from as far away as Florida, and the Secret Service is now involved along with Interpol.

If you believe you were a victim you can call investigators at 215-686-3013.