Simon Leviev biography: 13 things about Bnei Brak, Israel native


Shimon Yehuda Hayut was born in Ramat Elchanan, Bnei Brak, Israel. He legally changed his name to Simon Leviev and pretended he was related to Israeli businessman Lev Avnerovich Leviev.

As a conman, Simon used several aliases including Mordechai Nisim Tapiro, Michael Bilton, Avraham Lev and David Sharon. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. In 2005, he moved from Israel to Brooklyn, New York, United States.
  2. In 2011, he was charged with theft, forgery and fraud. He was accused of stealing a checkbook from to a family while babysitting their child and another checkbook from a home where he was working as a handyman.
  3. In 2012, an Israeli court indicted him and charged him with theft, forgery of checks and leaving a child, then 5, he was babysitting unattended.
  4. In 2015, he was arrested in Finland for defrauding several women and was sentenced to three years in prison. He finished his sentence early.
  5. In 2017, he returned to Israel to be recharged and sentenced. He fled the country after changing his legal name to Simon Leviev. He travelled around Europe, pretending to be different people. Using the name Michael Bilton, he exploited several women in Germany. Pretending to be Lev Avnerovich Leviev’s son, he used the dating app Tinder to contact women then tricked them into loaning him money that he never repaid. Operating a Ponzi scheme, he would would charm women with lavish gifts using the money he borrowed from other women, pretend he was being targeted by his enemies and ask his victims to help him financially.
  6. Between 2017 and 2019, he allegedly swindled Cecilie Fjellhøy, a Norweigian woman based in the United Kingdom. According to her, she took out $250,000 worth of loans, all of which he spent and has never repaid.
  7. In 2019, Interpol arrested him in Greece for using a forged passport. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison in Israel. Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he was released on good behavior in May 2020.
  8. In 2020, he pretended to be a medical worker to get the COVID-19 vaccine early.
  9. On February 2, 2022, Netflix released a true crime documentary titled “The Tinder Swindler,” which describes his story as a con artist as told by some of his victims. He allegedly conned approximately $10 million out of women he attracted on Tinder. After the release of the documentary, he was banned from Tinder and other apps including, OkCupid and Plenty of Fish.
  10. On February 5, 2022, three of his victims namely Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte set up a GoFundMe fundraiser campaign to compensate their debts.
  11. In hopes of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, he signed on with Gina Rodriguez, a talent manager from Gitoni Inc. On February 15, 2022, she told Entertainment Tonight, “I was intrigued with the Netflix story. I saw the world’s greatest salesman.”
  12. On February 17, 2022, a source told E! News that he was working on a dating show.
  13. With his girlfriend Kat Konlin by his side, he was interviewed by “Inside Edition” after the release of “The Tinder Swindler.” He said, “I was just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder. I am not a Tinder Swindler.” His interview with the program will be released released in two parts on February 21, 2022 and February 22, 2022.

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