Netflix’s latest true crime documentary The Tinder Swindler has gripped viewers – but what happened to con artist Shimon Hayut also known as Simon Leviev?
by Netflix latest true crime documentary, The Tinder scammerlanded on the streaming platform on Wednesday and tells the jaw-dropping story of a prolific con artist who posed as a billionaire playboy on dating apps through the women who decided to take him down.
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But where is the infamous man at the center of the story, Shimon Hayut – better known by his internet alias Simon Leviev – now? Here’s what we know…
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Who is Shimon Hayut/Simon Leviev?
Shimon Hayut was called Simon Leviev during his elaborate scams so that to trick his dates into thinking he was the son of real Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev. While Lev, known as the “Diamond King”, has five children, none of them are named Simon.
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However, the 33-year-old con man managed to lure women into his web of lives by telling them that as Lev’s son, he was the ‘prince of diamonds’ and heir to his son’s incredible fortune. dad. In reality, at that time, Shimon Hayut was already a convicted con man who had served two years in Finnish prison in 2015 for defrauding several women.
Several of Shimon’s victims speak out in the documentary
After his release from prison in 2017, he fled to Israel to avoid a second trial for other fraud-related charges. A year later, in 2018, he started going by the name Simon Leviev and talking to women on Tinder.
What happened to Shimon Hayut/Simon Leviev?
As the documentary reveals, Shimon defrauded several women he met on the dating app in order to finance his lavish lifestyle full of private jets, luxury vacations and expensive cars.
Shimon has been imprisoned twice for fraud-related offenses
Three of Shimon’s victims, Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte, reveal how he convinced them to take out huge loans and hand over their savings after claiming he couldn’t use his own credit cards because of enemies hunted him down. One of his victims took out thousands of payday loans to cover the money she was sending him.
Where is Shimon Hayut/Simon Leviev now?
After being caught in 2019 in a joint operation between Interpol and the Israeli police, Shimon was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for various fraud-related offences. In addition to his sentence, he was made to pay the victims 150,000 NIS [Israeli currency]which equates to around £35,000 or $43,000.
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However, he was released in early 2020 after serving just five months in prison, apparently in an effort to reduce the prison population amid the coronavirus pandemic.
His current whereabouts are unknown, but there is an Instagram account under @simon_leviev_official, which appears to be private but active. The Netflix documentary suggests it belongs to Shimon and is currently using it to show off his lavish lifestyle and attract other unsuspecting women.
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