The criminal careers of Simon Gann and Jordan Gann, identical twin brothers spans across many states. They have left behind a trail of broken hearts and children who are being raised by their mothers who have been conned by either Simon or Jordan Gann.
One would think, at the very least, that these men would use protection, if they had even the tiniest bit of a conscience. Apparently, they have none.
With his brother Jordan Gann in jail in Florida, Simon Gann continued his life as usual.
That is, life as usual for a con man.
On August 1, 2010, the then 29 year old Simon Gann set his sights on the affluent community of Menlo Park near San Francisco.
Some consider Simon Gann the “nicer” half of the Gann twins. He seems to have been arrested far less often that his brother, or at least skates on charges more frequently, so perhaps his winning personality is very well contrived.
Simon Gann used all of his practiced “niceness” when met a woman at a local Starbucks and began telling her stories that he had successfully used before.
He said his name was Saleem Dutante and apparently quite convincingly told the woman that he lost his wallet, passport and all of his identification at LAX airport.
He went on to spin his well-worn story of being a math genius, said he graduated from MIT, and told a tale about being a card counter.
The same tale that he has told countless others; that he count cards like the character in the movie Rain Man.
He claimed that he was like the character in Rain Man, the autistic savant, and said his gambling winnings paid for his multimillion dollar home.
Apparently Simon Gann was both nice and smooth because his Menlo Park victim willingly handed over $1,900 to Gann, as a loan.
Shortly thereafter, she must have been so convinced of his “niceness” that she became yet another victim that succumbed to his fake charms.
Something must have nagged at this victim though and seemed amiss because the unidentified victim went through his belongings during one of their sleepovers, at her place of course, and she found his real ID.
A quick internet search showed that she was dealing with a very experienced con man.
To her credit, she called Police and they came to her home and arrested Gann, who had an outstanding warrant from New Hampshire for fraud. He was located hiding in her closet.
He was charged in the Menlo Park case for theft by false pretenses and resisting police
He later reportedly tried to intimidate her into not testifying letting her know that details of their sexual encounters would be made public.
That led to more charges including trying to dissuade a witness and bribery, however it didn’t keep him away for as long as many of his victims would have hoped.
He only received 16 months, yet he could have faced many years in prison.
It’s truly amazing how he continues to roam free.