Greek police arrest suspected Israeli fraudster

Israeli Shimon Hayut, who falsely presented himself on dating app Tinder as the son of billionaire Lev Leviev, was arrested in Greece during a joint operation between Interpol and Israel Police. (EPA)
Updated 02 July 2019

Greek police arrest suspected Israeli fraudster

  • Suspect has been named in news reports as 28-year-old Shimon Hayut, an alleged swindler who duped women on the Tinder dating site
  • Hayut presented himself as the son of an Israeli multi-millionaire and had defrauded women in Norway, Finland and Sweden

ATHENS: Police in Greece on Tuesday said they had arrested an Israeli man accused of fraud, named in media reports as the “Tinder swindler” who allegedly defrauded European women he met on the dating site.
“A 28-year-old Israeli man was arrested on June 28 at Athens International Airport whilst attempting to leave,” a police source told AFP.
“He was traveling on a false Israeli passport. We were in contact with Interpol to confirm his identity, and there was an international warrant from Israel concerning fraud, theft and forgery,” the source added.
“His identity was confirmed by Interpol on Monday. Extradition procedures to Israel have been initiated,” the official said. Police however declined to reveal his identity.
The suspect has been described in news reports as 28-year-old Shimon Hayut, an alleged swindler who duped women on the Tinder dating site.
According to Norway’s Verdens Gang newspaper, the suspect presented himself as the son of an Israeli multi-millionaire and had defrauded women in Norway, Finland and Sweden out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle.


The ‘chosen one’? Trump says never mind

Updated 24 August 2019

The ‘chosen one’? Trump says never mind

  • Donald Trump appeared to say he was the chosen one to deal with China
  • He later claimed the comment was sarcasm and accused journalists of ‘fake news’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he glanced heavenward and referred to himself as “the chosen one” to take on China.
He took the comment back Friday.
When a reporter asked Trump what he had meant by referring to himself as the “chosen one,” the president looked annoyed.
“You know exactly when I meant,” Trump said. “It was sarcasm. It was joking. We were all smiling. And a question like that is just fake news.”
The president spoke as he was departing the White House for his trip to the Group of Seven summit in France.