Serial 'Dine-And-Dash Dater' Faces 13 Years In Prison
Paul Gonzales is alleged to have defrauded multiple women and businesses over a two year dating spree.
First dates are hard enough, but one man has taken first date problems to a new level.
Paul Gonzales, or the "Dine-and-Dash Dater" as he is now known, is alleged to have taken "financial advantage" of multiple women over a dating spree lasting two years.
The American man is facing up to 13 years in prison, charged with extortion, attempted extortion, grand theft, petty theft and defrauding an innkeeper.
After inviting women out on dating sites and apps, Los Angeles County prosecutors allege Gonzales forced women to pay the bill for dinner and drinks by leaving after ordering dinner and drinks.
The LA Country District Attorney's office believes Gonzales defrauded more than $950 from women between May 2016 and April 2018.
"He allegedly went to dinner with them at restaurants in Pasadena, Long Beach, Burbank and Los Angeles, where he ordered and consumed food and drinks, then allegedly left without paying any of the bill," said Deputy District Attorney Michael Fern of the Cyber Crime Division in a statement.
Eight of the women paid the full bill after realising they had been left with it, with one woman believing Gonzales would pay her back, while two restaurants covered the bill themselves said the DA's office.
The story has appeared in the media few times over his spree, with KCL9 meeting alleged victim, Andrea Fujii , in 2016. Fujii claims he ordered more than $100 worth of food.
“This guy is obnoxious. First of all, who orders two entrees? But he excused it by saying he was a bodybuilder," she said.
“He says ‘I’m going to the bathroom, I’ll be right back’ and he never did."
In 2017, another alleged victim, who did not wish to be named at the time, approached KLC9 with a very similar story.
“He left maybe half a baked potato and then received a phone call and said ‘I need to take this call,’ ” she said.
In a separate and unrelated incident, it is also alleged Gonzales visited a hair salon and left without paying.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and his due to face a preliminary hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court on 7 September.
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