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Con man Simon Gann swaps plea for prison time

Original post made on Dec 30, 2010

Simon Gann, who admitted sweet-talking a Menlo Park woman into a relationship and out of approximately $1,900 by pretending to be a millionaire MIT graduate named "Saleem Dutante" who could count cards "like Rain Man," pleaded no contest to multiple felony charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Dec. 27.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 3:16 PM

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Posted by alice smith
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm

When you read this punishment juxtaposed to the two young black women who were sentenced to life in prison for $14 robbery where they helped two others to rob when they were teenagers, and only got out of prison because one was sick with kidney disease and the other offered a kidney to her sister. That is Mississippi justice. Not sure about CA's justice here. I would have preferred restorative justice: this guy working in a homeless shelter for 5 years cooking and cleaning might have been more useful, returning to prison at night.


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Posted by Astounded
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Are you kidding? A mere 16 months for Simon Gann, a criminal with a long and continuing history of serial fraud, and, in this case, for multiple felonies, including threatening a witness!

The public deserves to be better protected from psychopaths. Psychopaths feel no empathy for their victims -- they live for the thrill of screwing others. They are invariably very smooth manipulators; master liars. They cause tremendous pain and maximal loss to their victims. The damage they do to society needs to be generally understood, particularly by prosecutors and judges. Nothing
deters them from their quest for victims. A 16 month sentence is ridiculous -- it just means that Simon Gann will wait exactly 16 months before he attacks the next victim.


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Posted by Arturo
a resident of Woodside
on Feb 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

i dont know, he seemed like a nice funny guy. Fluent in very many languages, which i found impresive. so i'm glad he's getting off easy. really sucks for all those he scammed, but he taught me great skills in the few months we spent together in jail.


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Posted by Chellie
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It's pretty amazing that he does seem to skate free however many, as evidenced by his cell mate Arturo, seem to like him.

He's been in Las Vegas in 2012 performing his tried and true scams

www.lasvegasworldnews.com


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