The Tinder scammer could be extradited to Spain and faces jail time after an arrest warrant was issued following an incident in which he got his Maserati stuck on a beach
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The Tinder scammer faces jail time in Spain following a fake driver’s license test after his £80,000 Maserati Levante got stuck on a beach.
31-year-old Simon Leviev made global headlines after a hit Netflix show exposed him as a con man posing as the son of a billionaire diamond dealer to scam women out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
But Israeli Leviev, who was born Shimon Hayut, says the documentary is “made up” and that he is the perfect gentleman.
An arrest warrant has now been issued for Leviev after a Spanish police officer saw the show and recognized him.
In 2019, Gucci-clad Leviev claimed to be a holidaymaker named Michael Bilton after his supercar ran aground on the sand in the windsurfing paradise of Tarifa, according to police reports.
Leviev, who wore a £370 Gucci shirt, was dating a mystery Russian blonde who was carrying a £7,500 Hermes handbag.
Police suspected the license was fake and Bilton has since been revealed to be one of many aliases Leviev uses, but after providing an address in Malaga the pair were allowed to board a taxi pending an investigation.
The investigation was dropped after a court subpoena for forgery and traffic offenses went unanswered.
But now police officers have asked a court in the southern Spanish port city of Algeciras to resume the investigation.
It was not immediately clear if this was a worldwide arrest warrant, which could lead to Leviev’s detention in his home country and eventual extradition.
Leviev has already served a prison sentence in Israel for using a fake passport in Greece. He was sentenced to 15 months for fraud and forgery, but was released after five for good behavior.
His criminal career began as a teenager when he used stolen checks to buy a Porsche and pay for pilot training.
He was charged in 2012 but fled his home before sentencing with a stolen passport. Three years later he was sentenced to two years in prison in Finland after cheating on women there.
Leviev has not been charged over the two-year dating scam uncovered on Netflix, which involved three alleged female victims who said they spoke out to protect others.
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They believed he was the son of Russian-Israeli gemstone tycoon Lev Leviev, dubbed the king of diamonds, but the two men are unrelated.
One victim, Cecilie Fjellhoy, said she ended up in a psychiatric ward after being cheated out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
He denies scamming the women he met on Tinder for money and insists he is a legitimate businessman who made his fortune off Bitcoin.
Spanish police have not said if the Russian Leviev allegedly trying to impress in Tarifa on the day his Maserati got stuck was Polina Tsarenkova, with whom he is believed to have been dating at the time.
An Algeciras court official confirmed: “An arrest warrant has been issued for the person under investigation. That’s all the information I can provide at this point.”
In February, he was spotted leaving a restaurant in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, where he was living in a luxurious 14-story skyscraper.
The infamous Leviev, who is believed to be dating Israeli model Kate Konlin, is apparently hoping to break into Hollywood after finding an LA agent.
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