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Saugus Man Called Valentine's Day Scammer Arrested Again

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. ORIGINAL STORY 1:25 p.m. 

The Valentine’s Day scammer, also known as “Casanova,” because he was arrested on Valentine’s Day for stealing from women he met on social media and dating sites, was arrested on similar charges Tuesday, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.


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Jeffrey Elvington, 40, of Saugus, was arrested for crimes similar to the ones for which he already was sentenced to a year in jail, according to Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Deputies believe there are more victims out there, and asking anyone who may have been scammed by Elvington, pictured, to come forward.

Through their investigation, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives identified at least 20 victims, according to a station official.

In a plea deal, Elvington was sentenced to 365 days in jail and three years of probation the first time he was caught, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office.

“He pleaded no contest to one count of second degree commercial burglary that occurred on Nov. 2 at Macy’s,” said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.

 “He also pleaded no contest to one felony count of grand theft, which occurred in December of 2012,” she said. “He pleaded no contest to those two counts.”

Elvington was accused of stealing credit card information from the women he met. He also made up elaborate stories for his victims, according to a sergeant who supervised the investigation.

The suspect has allegedly contacted many women over the past two years and appears to be continuing his attempts to gain the trust of unsuspecting victims, despite the recent charges and arrests,” according to a Sheriff’s Station statement on Nixle. “Most of the women have been from the Santa Clarita Valley area.

“In one case, he was saying he was a personal chef for the stars,” said Sgt. James Anderson, who is in charge of the investigation. “In another case, he said he was working for the government and the military in the special forces. He would make up elaborate professions to make himself seem more desirable to the people he scammed.”

Elvington was also noted on a website, “Guardian of Valor,” which claimed to have pictures of a fake uniform

that Elvington used to con women.

Elvington served about 15 percent of his one-year sentence, according to officials with the District Attorney’s Office.

“He served a total of 55 days,” said a District Attorney’s Office representative. “He served 45 days before sentencing, and 10 days after.”

Elvington was arrested a second time after he again was accused of victimizing women he met on dating sites.

He was released pending further investigation, Dubin said.

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Saugus Man Called Valentine's Day Scammer Arrested Again


Article: Saugus Man Called Valentine's Day Scammer Arrested Again
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith