Albert Cavallé – The ‘Love Scammer’ Enters Prison After Spending Six Months In Hiding
Albert Cavallé appeared this Monday at the Spanish Lledoners prison, accompanied and advised by his lawyer.
The Barcelona Court had ordered the police to locate and arrest him so that he could serve a sentence for deceiving six women.
He has spent almost half a year at an unknown location, in hiding, since the Barcelona Court ordered, last June, his arrest and imprisonment. But since then, Albert Cavallé, the young Catalan convicted of defrauding more than twenty women, is no longer a free man.
He has gone to prison seven and a half years after a woman filed the first complaint against him.
The man known as the ‘love scammer’ decided to come out of hiding and appear at the Lledoners penitentiary center. He has done so accompanied and advised by his lawyer, David Sans, who has defended him in recent years in the more than twenty proceedings that the until now the fugitive has accumulated.
Cavallé’s victims have been demanding for years that the scammer go to jail and that he finally begin to serve some of the sentences that have already been imposed on him (he has four convictions that are already final), especially after the scammer did not appear at several of the trials that were to be held against him.
The struggle of these women sees it bear fruit today. The ‘love scammer’ is already behind bars and he must serve, for the moment, a sentence of two years and three months for deceiving six victims, from whom he managed to get 68,500 euros.
Cavallé himself acknowledged during the trial that he used applications such as Tinder and Badoo, posing as a lawyer, investor, surgeon, or son of the millionaire owners of a renowned clinic in Barcelona to pretend “financial solvency” and establish a relationship with his victims to scam them. Among his deceptions, he claimed to work and have accounts in Panama, with which he managed to get one of the women to give him 49,000 euros in cash in several installments.
“I met him in May 2017 on Badoo. He introduced himself as a renowned surgeon, the son of the owner of the Planas clinic in Barcelona, for cosmetic surgery. He told me that he had accounts in Panama and made many trips to that country.” With this profile, “to appear solvent”, the so-called ‘love scammer’ managed to convince a Catalan woman, with whom he “started a false romantic relationship”, to lend him 51,000 euros, according to the prosecution’s brief.
At the time, the media was reporting on the ‘Panama Papal Scandal’. Cavallé persuaded the woman that he was one of those affected; he stated that he “had a large amount of money blocked in Panama” and needed cash.
“To give greater credibility to his story,” the young man showed him an email with information about “a supposed private flight” that he was going to make to the Central American country. He promised to return the money as soon as her accounts were unblocked and even signed a document acknowledging her debt to him.
The lie of the Panama Papers helped the scammer to get another woman, whom he met in June 2017 and invited to spend a few nights at the Barcelona Princess Hotel to appear solvent, to give him 10,500 euros.
At the same time that he allegedly defrauded these two women, Cavallé did the same with a third girl whom he met through the POF (Plenty of Fish) dating network and from whom he stole 1,803.48 euros, the Public Ministry maintains. Before that other victim, he said his name was Albert Planas, he had Andorran nationality and was “the son of a family of millionaires”, owners of the aesthetic clinic.
The young Catalan “made her believe that he had a large quantity of 500 euro bills, but he could not change them” and asked her for a thousand euros. When the woman gave them to him, Cavallé “showed her a screenshot of the supposed transfer that he claimed to have made with the return,” but that he never carried out.
Both the prosecution and the public ministry requested nine years and ten months in prison for him for a continuous crime of fraud, of theft, misappropriation, and two crimes of obstruction of justice.
Finally, he was sentenced to two years and three months, which he will serve from today as another prisoner in the Spanish Lledoners prison, where he will face the rest of the trials that are still pending.