N.J. man who inspired 'rape by fraud' bill sentenced to 3 years, report says

A Cherry Hill man who lied to his girlfriend about his identity and duped her into giving him $5,000 was sentenced to three years in prison Friday, according to a Burlington County Times report.

William Allen Jordan, 50, had been indicted on charges of theft by deception and impersonating a government official, the report said.

Florence resident Mischele Lewis, 37, met Jordan on a dating website in January 2013, the report said. Jordan claimed he was a British government official, but it turned out he was a serial bigamist and scam artist who later pleaded guilty to defrauding her. Jordan tricked her into paying $5,000 for what he claimed was a security clearance, the report said.

The ordeal inspired Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) to introduce a bill that would create the crime of "sexual assault by fraud," which it defines as "an act of sexual penetration to which a person has given consent because the actor has misrepresented the purpose of the act or has represented he is someone he is not."


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