TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding more than 30 women of more than $1.3 million by posing as a doctor on online dating services, have prosecutors announced Thursday.
Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, 47, who previously lived in Florida’s capital Tallahassee and Center Point, Alabama, used 10 different aliases as part of the scheme, court records show.
“Our citizens should not fall prey to fraudsters who steal through overtures of affection,” U.S. Attorney Jason Cody said in a press release.
Wedgeworth promised the women to scam them into sending him money, jewelry and watches, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty to 25 counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.
The case was investigated by the US Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service, and authorities said they were looking for other victims.
Wedgeworth’s sentence will be followed by three years of probation. He will also have to pay nearly $1.2 million in restitution.