Cops hunting Tinder Swindler after conman ‘showed Spanish police fake ID’
COPS are hunting the Tinder Swindler after the Netflix conman showed Spanish police a fake ID when he got his £80k car stuck on the beach.
Simon Leviev, born Shimon Hayut, could face time behind bars in Spain after an arrest warrant was issued for him.
It comes as the 31-year-old used a fake driving licence after getting his £80k Maserati stuck on a Spanish beach with a mystery Russian woman, the Daily Mail reports.
He told cops he was a holidaymaker called Michael Bilton and according to police, gave them false documents, which was quickly spotted by a specialised officer who recognised Leviev as the Tinder Swindler.
Police have now asked a Spanish court in the port city of Algeciras to reopen a criminal investigation against Leviev after it was launched against his false alter ego, Bilton, instead.
It’s not clear if the outstanding arrest warrant will apply worldwide and or if it could lead to detention in his homeland and eventual extradition.
Leviev’s run in with Spanish cops took place in Tarifa, near Costa del Sol, on January 30, 2019.
Police responsed to a call about a Maserati Levante stuck in the sand at a beach called Los Lances Sur.
They found him with a Russian blonde carrying a £7,500 Hermes handbag and Leviev wearing a £370 Gucci shirt.
Police sources said Leviev produced a face driving licence after being asked for ID before a tow truck arrived to take the rented car away.
Despite cops suspecting the document was a forgery, no arrests were made and the couple were allowed to leave.
A court probe into the man posing as Bilton for alleged forgery and a traffic offence was put on hold after court summons went unanswered.
It is now set to be reopened after police discovered his real identity.
The Tinder Swindler is a Netflix true-crime documentary and is based on the real-life story of Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjoholm, and Ayleen Charlotte, all of whom were conned by Shimon Hayut.
Fjellhoy had reportedly lost over $200,000 as a result of the scam while Sjoholm was swindled out of $45,000 in hopes Hayut would pay her back.
Levied has denied all accusations against him.