Sunday, 5 August 2012
Liz McIntyre - North West Star
TWO women from Mount Isa are featuring in globally televised documentary that will screen to millions of viewers.
But rather than being seen as the victims of a love rat or a heart-break bandit, both women are pleased and proud that they busted Harper and saw him jailed for fraud for nine months in Melbourne.
Rochelle Fisher and Diana Mors were both deceived by con artist Andrew Harper who has 23 female victims that the women know of.
Now, thanks to the documentary, millions of people around the world will be warned about the man they call a skilled manipulator, a sociopath who feels no remorse.
Harper was released from jail in August last year and fled to Europe earlier this year, so Ms Mors and Ms Fisher hope their show will prevent other people from being duped there.
"It is not just women who have been the victims of his cons; men have been duped too, both personally and through their businesses," Ms Mors said.
She said she was taken in by him, and took him in, for only two weeks - but others had longer relationships with the plausible con man.
Ms Fisher met Harper through a share-accommodation website when she was living in Adelaide.
"He moved in, swept me off my feet and at the same time came up with a great idea for my business.
"I thought we were going to be making a TV show together - he conned a film production crew, some celebrities, talent agents and many business people.
"The show was a scam and Andrew pocketed the money.
"I believed he was covering all of the bills but when he left me, I found a stack of $60,000 worth of bills hidden away."
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Such is his skill that our latest victim financed his journey out of Australia to France. Mission accomplished he is in a new territory where there has been no media coverage. For those in the know, AJH is successful in his ruse because he tells just enough truth to be convincing, however it is always coated in a good layer of lies and deception. This is the work of a true sociopath/psychopath.
We doubt he will ever return to Australia as he is still wanted for questioning in several states for crimes under investigation. This is a blessing for all women in Australia. No so for our European sisters. He is banned from entering the USA for visa violations, so Europe it is.
Such is his lure for wealth he will probably try to get to Monaco and see if he can out-do Steve Martin and Michael Caine in his quest to succeed as a "Dirty Rotten Scoundrel"
Our latest victim writes:
As a post script, AJH repaid his airfare and passage to Europe by convincing BNP Paribas to open a bank account and extend a 3,000 Euro overdraft. No surprises, they will never see that money again, but fortunately our victim has received some compensation for his parasitic ways.
Monday, 21 May 2012
After only 3 months since our nemesis Andrew Harper was released from incarceration he has resurfaced with two new pseudonyms:
Edward Jordan and
He is now "grooming' a woman who currently resides in Western Europe. Thankfully she had cause to become suspicious as a result of his broken promises to fly to Europe to meet with her. He has "planned" to do this twice to date and failed to show in each instance. As her suspicions deepened she had the good sense to Google "Australian Con man". With luck our blog was article #1; followed by a subsequent reference to our con man's incarceration on the Love Fraud website.
We are very grateful that his latest victim came to us for confirmation and now can be free of his clutches. Our potential co-victim confronted Andrew during a Skype discussion and immediately he confessed to his past claiming "he has changed and wanted a new clean non corupt (sic) start"
She writes: "He knows we (her with Rebecca, Diana and Roz) are in contact as I told him this morning I had found out who he is. He has told me, admitted everything"
We know he is incapable of "going straight". If he were genuine in doing so he would repay the court ordered $22,000 to the victims of his latest arrest and certainly would not be giving TWO false names, phone numbers and email addresses to this next potential victim.
Unfortunately, some damage has already been done to her psyche as he has been proficient in casting his spell on her, but on the plus side she trusted her gut instinct enough to check up on him.
She wrote to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we have been in contact with her offering advice, support and coping strategies. She has read this blog and we have reinforced this information with details of our own experiences of this proficient con artist.
Remember, if you have had any dealings with any of the following names or know his whereabouts, contact us at email@example.com
Andrew John Harper
Ryan Reece DuPont
Edward Jordan and
Sunday, 6 February 2011
LOVE rat and serial conman Andrew J. Harper boasted of being a billionaire with luxury houses but his home for the next nine months will be prison.
The 39-year-old, who left a trail of victims with his bogus stories of life as a high-flying international businessman, pleaded guilty in a Victorian court last week to 13 charges spanning five years.
But police still want to talk to him in three other states - Queensland, NSW and South Australia - about the possibility of further charges being laid.
Harper was arrested following a tip-off after two Brisbane women, Rebecca Bell and Diana Mors, set up a website to expose and catch him.
Ms Bell was in court to see him jailed. "It's awesome," she said. "He got what he deserved.
"I wanted to be here to represent all his victims and let him know this hasn't ended.
"The sentence is a big achievement for everyone involved. It brings us one step closer to closure and helps protect others. We are all very happy."
Harper, who told women he met through internet sites that he was Australia's second-richest man and claimed tycoon Sir Richard Branson was a friend, wore a white T-shirt and green tracksuit bottoms for the 41-minute hearing at Frankston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Magistrate Ross Betts, who also ordered Harper to repay $22,244.96, said: "You have perpetuated a premeditated, malicious and cruel, cruel deception that warrants imprisonment."
Prosecutor Darren Cathie told the court: "He claimed to be a multi-millionaire, have property in Monte Carlo with a boat and vehicles. He also claimed that he was the director of a Korean shipping company."
The victims included Victorian mum-of-two Katherine Pizzey, 36.
Harper negotiated to buy her a Maserati Gran Turismo valued at $347,000 and a $718,000 Ferrari 599 for himself.
For each purchase, penniless Harper would have contracts sent to email addresses for fake personal assistants and lawyers "to be checked over", but no money ever exchanged hands.
When his victims questioned him, Harper gave a sob story so they would let him stay in their homes.
"He stated he had cancer and was receiving chemo treatment," Mr Cathie said.
A SERIAL love cheat has been sentenced to nine months' jail and ordered to repay more than $22,000 to victims after being exposed by the Sunday Herald Sun.
Andrew John Harper, 39, carried out "sophisticated" and "cruel deception" after convincing victims he was a businessman worth $1.6 billion.
The fraud convictions span five years and four victims: mother of two Katherine Pizzey, 36, of Mt Martha, Sydney mum Teresa, who doesn't wish to be identified, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Geelong, and the Dingley International Hotel, Dingley.
Harper pleaded guilty in Frankston Magistrates Court on Wednesday to 13 charges, but police in three states - Queensland, South Australia and NSW - still want to talk to him about the possibility of further charges.
Prosecutor Darren Cathie said Harper claimed to be a multi-millionaire and the director of a Korean shipping company.
For each property purchase, penniless Harper had the contracts sent to email addresses "to be checked over" by fake personal assistants and lawyers.The court was told how he had bought two luxury cars, a Maserati and a Ferrari, totalling more than $1 million, $30,000 worth of jewellery and two homes worth a total of almost $20 million.
He even said he was receiving chemotherapy for cancer.
Harper ran up thousands of debts on his victims' credit cards.
Sentencing Harper, Magistrate Ross Betts said: "You have perpetuated a premeditated, malicious, cruel deception, which warrants imprisonment."
One of Harper's victims, Rebecca Bell, who came from Brisbane to see the conman sentenced, wants more charges laid.
"I wanted to be here to let him know this hasn't ended," Ms Bell said.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Harper was sentenced in the Frankston Magistrates' Court on Wednesday after being convicted of eight counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception and six charges of obtaining property by deception.
The 39-year-old will serve another six months in a Victorian jail after he was arrested on November 17.
The magistrate also ordered Harper to repay $22,195 to his victims after he conned several women with promises of international travel, luxury items and relationships.
Harper was arrested in Glenroy, Victoria, after being recognised by a member of the public and charged with 34 counts of fraud and deception. It was revealed last year that Harper had a number of aliases including Ryan DuPont and Andrew Karlsson and claimed to be a high-profile entrepreneur worth $1.6 billion.
Harper allegedly stole thousands of dollars from woman across Australia and the world with victims in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth as well as Norway, Sweden and the US coming forward.
The now convicted conman was born and raised in Wagga before falling out with his family and it is believed he has a son from a former relationship who lives in the city.
A jilted woman left in Harper's wake even established an internet blog to expose his tactics at www.andrewjharper.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Charges are still pending in SA, WA, NSW & QLD
Thursday, 6 January 2011
But what many do not know about Diana Mors is that she has become the public face that helped bring an alleged conman before the court.
She met the bogus billionaire, Andrew Harper, in late 2008 when living in Brisbane.
Ms Mors, 44, was taken by his charm, good looks and sense of humour and before long Mr Harper was renting a room at her house.
"He talked about the houses he owned overseas and the Picasso painting he had... all of these things for which he had photographs to back up," she said.
But it didn't take Ms Mors long to realise that all was not as it seemed.
Thursday, 23 December 2010
(Woman's Weekly had to change Andrew's name for legal reasons)
It was the eyes that hooked Diana Mors. His charm and generosity were appealing, too, but she loved his George Clooney gaze – a gaze that made her feel like the only woman in the world. Tom* was funny, handsome and smart, almost too good to be true. But, she reasoned, good things eventually come to those who deserve them.
It was in late 2008, as they got to know each other through emails, that Tom told her of his loneliness after his fiancée died in a car accident. He mentioned only in passing the fortune that alloweé him to take extravagant holidays, wander the country and go back to university. He was new to Brisbane and would be staying a little while, he told her. He had a suggestion: could he rent a room at her house rather than stay at a lonely hotel?
He moved in, romance blossomed, and Tom showed his gratitude by taking her shopping for designer clothes and a car. They had have extravagant dinners. But Tom never paid for the shopping sprees on the spot, and the purchases were never delivered. When they dined out, she would pay and he’d add it to the money his personal assistant was transferring to her account.
When, after six weeks, he owed her about $2000, Diana told Tom to leave and sort his finances out. “You know where I am once you’ve worked things out,” she told him. He packed his bags and disappeared. She later found out he moved straight in with Rebecca, a woman he met online using Diana’s internet connection.
While living at Diana’s house, Tom had dazzled smart, savvy Rebecca Bell, 33. He shared many of her interests, and she was moved by the tragic story of his fiancée who died in a car accident. “He had a lot of confidence and I think that enticed me,” Rebecca says. “You feel like you haven’t had a connection with someone like that in a long time.”
He was wealthy, he told her, but expensive hotels were lonely. He was staying with a friend, but would rather rent a room off Rebecca. She invited him into her home and romance blossomed. He valued her opinion and consulted her about his business dealings. She saw emails and texts from his associates, which seemed to back up his tales. He took her shopping for expensive gifts, although there was always a reason why he could not pay on the spot.
“Each time I’d try to ask him questions, he’d produce a document or email, or turn it around on me, saying how could I not trust him?” she tells The Weekly. As Rebecca waited to move into a house he said he had bought for her, Tom flew to Adelaide to give a speech on carbon credits. “I knew he was leaving,” she says. “I was relieved. And then a little light bulb went off in my head.”
Rebecca dug out the phone number of the “friend” he’d mentioned, a woman called Diana, and sent her a text message. It read: “I’ve been with Tom. I think he’s a con man.” Diana called her immediately. “Honey,” she said, “you don’t know the half of it.”
Using information they remembered from conversations with Tom, they tracked down one of his victims, who in turn helped them track down others. With painstaking research, they pieced together the past 10 years of his life and contacted 21 women across Australia and the USA, who had been hurt and ripped off by Tom. Diana and Rebecca learned that there were worse cases than theirs; some women were financially ruined. Their quest became two-pronged – to protect other women, and to support those who had fallen victim. They call it a “survivors group”.
Yet on the many occasions they tried to report Tom to police, they got little sympathy. “Police would say there’s no law against lying or moral misconduct,” says Diana. “What gets me is if I walked into David Jones and took thousands of dollars worth of goods, I’d be in prison. But when he walks into someone’s life and rips them off, you get a condescending look and ‘buyer beware, honey’.”
Read more of this story in the January issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly.
If you have any details regarding Andrew John Harper please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 13 December 2010
A series of articles written by Gary Adshead (Perth) in 2005.