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Traveling con man arrested in Menlo Park

Original post made on Aug 17, 2010

There's your run-of-the-mill bad boyfriend, and then there's Simon Gann. A Menlo Park woman suspected that the man she'd been dating was not who he said he was. Turns out she was right.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 4:38 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Random comment person
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Just throw this guy to the sharks. I will foot the diesel bill for the boat ride to the Farallones and buy the crew a round of drinks when they return to the dock.

Posted by thug
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

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Posted by Paula Drake PI
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

A perfect example of why I recommend that everyone have a background investigation done on all new love interests.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Although I do feel sorry for the victims, this definitely has a humorous side. I think it would be a great plot for a book or a movie.

I am glad the twins are both caught and being punished.

Posted by Hate da bad boys
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Karma normally gets them one way or another... Glad these scumbags are off the streets.... normally justice is never served. I hate narcisissist con men.

Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

In re to what Paula Drake, PI says, a lot of bs can be sussed out w/intelligence & a clear head & a Google search. A background check is not necessary, but it sure helps pay a PI's bills.

Posted by lol
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2010 at 2:08 am

this woman got this tool good...haha..hiding in the closet, lol...thought he was going to come to the bay area and fool someone...classic

Posted by Cynthia
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

Mmmmmmmm! One has to wonder how these two men were able to get away with so much before being caught, the elephant in the room says it's because of the way they "look"!

My two grown sons without a record are constantly being watched and judged at all times because of the way they look. They wouldn't have made it past the first victim.

It's called "caucasain" privilege. Don't get mad, it's something I learned in a college course. It's called the real world that a lot of people on this site prove often with comments on stories depending on how the "criminal" looks or where they live.

There are also a lot that aren't like that, which is impressive to me. Those are the "realist" and also my hero's.

Posted by Cynthia
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

As for the "victims", I didn't see anywhere where any of these men forced these "lonely or gullible" victims to do anything for them. But I'm almost positive that these same people would not hesitate to judge or look down on the next person if they saw a negative story referring to something happening in a "poor" community.

The comparisons are boring and sad when "people" actually believe that they are better than others because of their complexion or where they reside. Especially if it was inherited from someone else that inherited it, meaning wealth or complexion. The same people you look down on are the ones who made it possible to be able to "look down", that's too bad.

Posted by Maddie
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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