Forty-five year old Haissam Fostok turned himself over to the police in Passaic County New Jersey today for crimes committed by catfishing a New Jersey victim. He was charged with 2nd Degree Theft by Deception, 3rd Degree Theft by Deception (for credit card misuse) and 2nd Degree Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received.
Fostok used a dating website to embroil the woman in a romance scam. He allegedly built a romantic relationship based on lies, including that he was single when he was actually a married man.
The victim was conned into investing $220K into his “business” but instead, Fostok used the money for personal purchases. He defaulted on reimbursement resulting from a settlement agreement that was reached in civil court in February of this year. The victim currently carries ongoing debt resulting from his credit card misuse and lost her entire 401K savings.