A British man has been jailed for defrauding several women out of more than $20,000 after using the image of former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt on the dating app Tinder before persuading the victims to send him money.

Paul Davies, a 30-year-old supermarket worker from Wales, used an image of the ex-bantamweight king as his personal profile photo on the popular dating service, claiming to be a successful 28-year-old regional manager for Audi who lived in a plush penthouse.

Davies then gained various women’s trust by “spinning stories” about his life, before making repeated requests for short-term loans, per the BBC.

One of his victims wired $10,500 to the conman over the course of twelve months after Davies claimed that a cash point has ‘swallowed’ his ATM card and he needed money to visit his ailing grandfather. In reality, the funds were being used to fuel a gambling addiction. 

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In a victim impact statement read to the court she said Davies had “not only robbed her financially,” but also robbed her of her “self-esteem, dignity and security”.

She said two years later she still felt “panicked, angry, anxious and ashamed”.

Police investigating her complaint identified seven other victims.

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