PLAINVILLE - A Rocky Hill man, who police say has a history of extorting women, has been charged with duping a Plainville woman out of thousands of dollars using a ruse that led her to believe he was the vice president of a multinational investment bank.
Anand Amin, 29, allegedly convinced the woman to give him $2,500 with the promise that he could double it in an investment, according to the arrest warrant. Police allege she also loaned him a video game console that he never returned.
Amin faces one count of third-degree larceny. He is being held on $25,000 bond after being charged earlier this month and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 1.
According to the warrant, the victim contacted Amin in March through a Facebook profile in which police say he used a phony name. She was responding to a request for a personal assistant position.
The woman then interviewed with someone, later identified as Amin, who gave her the same name as the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., vice president, saying he was a personal finance investor, the warrant said. The woman told police she did not get the job but maintained contact with him.
In June, Amin told the Plainville woman if she gave him $2,500 he could double her money by September. She agreed and gave him cash, she told police. In July, she said, she also agreed to loan Amin an Xbox One gaming console.
The woman contacted Amin numerous times about both the gaming console and her money, she told investigators, but each time he would claim to be out of town or say the check for her investment return did not cut correctly, according to the warrant.
During the investigation, Amin’s probation officer told police the Facebook profile the victim first contacted was found on a computer seized from the 29-year-old. A condition of his probation prohibits him from using a computer or cell phone.
Amin is on probation after being convicted in 2014 of first-degree larceny by extortion. He was sentenced in that case to five years in prison, suspended after service of 731 days, and five years of probation.
According to the warrant, Amin created a phony Facebook profile in 2011 and claimed to be someone from a modeling agency. He convinced several female students from Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, to pose nude or nearly nude for photographs before demanding that they give him sex or money in exchange for not posting them to the Internet.
According to online court records, Amin has been charged with violating his probation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.