Fraudster Dean Johnson fleeced his new partner out of more than £11,000.
The 40-year-old asked the woman for cash before their first date – and promised he would pay her back as he was re-mortgaging his home.
She loaned him cash on numerous occasions and as the relationship developed she gave him her credit card and pin number and he cleaned out her account.
In total, the defendant defrauded the woman out of £11,039.54.
Now Johnson has been jailed for 10 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Peter McCartney said the relationship started in August 2018.
He said: “They had known each other most of their lives. She had been having problems with her MOT and he contacted her and offered to help her.
“He bombarded her with messages that he wanted to meet up for a chat and a drink. At the first meeting he asked for money which he needed to help pay off a debt. He said he would pay it back.
“He said it would take 12 weeks and he would be able to pay her back in November 2018. He said he was borrowing £30,000. He said he needed the money urgently because if he did not settle a debt his safety would be in danger. He said he was desperate.
“He started to Snapchat her and send WhatsApp messages. The bombardment of requests for money continued.”
The court heard the victim now believes the relationship was a ‘complete sham’ just to get money out of her.
Mr McCartney added: “She told him to come to her workplace and she would give him her bank card, which he did.
“In October 2018 he used her catalogue account to buy £461 worth of goods on the understanding he would repay her when he remortgaged.
“It went on for several weeks. He said he had big issues with his car and needed to buy a new one but had no money.
“She used her two credit cards to withdraw money to give to him. On October 25 she withdrew £400 from each card and gave him £800.
“The next day he contacted her and said he had to use some of the £800 to pay off someone else. She withdrew £300 from another card and £200 from another and gave him £500.
“The final straw was on November 18 when he did his normal trick of begging to borrow money.
“She told him she was at work and to come and collect her bank card. She told him he must take only the amount he asked for. However when she checked her account he had cleaned her out.”
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She confronted the defendant and he said if she told anyone what was going on she would be ‘starting a war’.
The woman has been left with financial problems and has struggled to feed her children.
Johnson, of Shardlow Close, Fenton, pleaded guilty to fraud.
Bob Sastry, mitigating, said the defendant’s case is that it was a genuine relationship which did not work out. He said Johnson did not set out to be fraudulent from the outset.
Mr Sastry added: “He apologises for his behaviour. He very much regrets taking the money in the way he did. He says he can pay £2,000 immediately and the rest will follow.”
The court heard the victim had been ‘very much in love’ with Johnson.
Judge Paul Glenn told him: “You have left her in severe financial difficulties – and even now you have not repaid a penny.
“She said you are a conman, a liar and a thief. She was right. She described how you screwed her over emotionally and financially, again totally accurate.
“You repeatedly promised to repay her. You never did.
“Your conduct was selfish, manipulative, deceitful and criminal.
“This woman has been left significantly out of pocket. She will have interest accruing on the debts she accumulated. Her credit rating will be affected.
“She is still paying off credit card debts accrued on your behalf.”