In a bizarre preliminary hearing, the case against a man charged with scamming a woman out of more than $80,000 in Gwinnett County is bound over to Superior court.
John Martin Hill took the stand during his preliminary hearing Tuesday which is usually a time just to hear the evidence in the case from investigators.
The 34-year-old is accused of meeting victim Lisa Goodgames on an online dating site and then meeting for the first time in person later that night. He reportedly told her he was a millionaire.
The next day, Gwinnett County Police Detective Shaun Regains testified the couple met at a bank where she he wrote him a check for $75,000 to put a down payment on a house for the two to move in together.
“When I looked at his account… before that he had no more than $9 in his account,” says Regains.
He says the victim also took out an additional $8,500 in cash and gave to him to furnish the home.
Regains says the money was used to buy expensive clothes and meals and to purchase a BMW.
On the stand, Hill denied he swindled the money saying the woman gave it to him for the purchase his business which distributes press releases.
“She made a certified bank check out to my name and then I incorporated the business paperwork to basically transfer that over to her in the state of Delaware,” he testified.
Hill says Goodgames took out the additional money for pocket change for herself.
Regains testified a similar fraud case is pending involving another woman in the city of Milton and he has had several arrests throughout the northeast involving fraud.
The prosecution pointed that Hill has changed his name five times over the years including Gregory Davis Dutton, Gregory William Davis, George Jesse Junior Hill, and Maverick Bryson McCray.
The judge found enough evidence to send the case to Superior Court. His attorney says he will request bond at a later time.