(WXYZ) - The Facebook phony, charged with assault for biting a woman, faced a judge today and found himself in more trouble for ignoring a court order. 7 Action News told you last year about 50-year old drifter David Klotz, a man who lures women online with photos of body builders he says are him.
Even from jail it appears Klotz cannot follow the rules. When the judge found out Klotz contacted his assault victim while he was in jail, he raised his bail to send a message that such contact would not be tolerated.
Klotz violated a temporary protection order by twice calling his victim on the phone from jail. Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell promptly doubled his bond to $10,000, which pleased the woman who claims Klotz bit her during an argument.
“I want justice for what he did, not only to me but to other women,” says the assault victim, who asked not to be identified, but was in court today. She says she just wants more than Klotz behind bars.
She provided 7 Action News with photos of her and Klotz together during happier days. She met Klotz on a dating web site called Plenty of Fish. She says it took her a while to discover that he is not rich and is had not used his real name.
“He claimed he lived in Las Vegas, and he was Dominick Delucci online on Plenty of Fish,” she says.
The deception sounds very familiar to dozens of other women who talked to 7 Action News. They shared similar stories of Klotz claiming to be a rich businessman down on his luck. They also say he claimed to be an FBI agent.
When 7 Action News asked Klotz if he was with the FBI last August, he said, “I never said I was with the FBI, get away from me, I’m warning you it’s your last chance.”
7 Action News tracked down Klotz about a year ago, when he lived in the Cherry Street homeless shelter. At the time, we also found him in Toledo’s main library where he spent hours on line casting his line in an ocean of single women looking for love on the internet. After he found the women he allegedly assaulted, she says, he worked hard to convince her he had big money, but ruined her good credit instead.
“David told me he was paying my bill, that he’d paid off my house. He’d paid off my car,” she says. “Then I was not getting the bills in the mail. He was taking the mail and throwing it away so I would think the bills were paid.”
So just how far did Klotz go to impress his new, online girlfriend? He offered to buy her a house. But not just any house. He offered to buy a $1.5 million lakeside mansion.
“I still can’t believe that this is real,” says David Ball, who owns the house and thought Kotz was a serious buyer. Ball says that his family suffered when Klotz claimed he would buy the house with cash, and quickly take possession. That made Ball and his family rush to move out when he says his children were not ready.
“They grew up in this house and it was emotional for them,” Ball says. “My daughter was in the driveway crying.”
And how did Ball feel when he discovered the buyer of his expensive house was both penniless and homeless?
“I’m still in shock …I still can’t believe this guy was able to convince not only myself and my wife, but our realtors who are very experienced,” says Ball. “The guy is convincing to the point of being scary.”
As for the Klotz’s former girlfriend, she says Klotz bit her during their last fight. She has a warning for women who are looking for love online.
“I would have to say ask for a driver’s license, Google, check them out. I’m not going to date on line anymore, and it’s really hard to trust a man,” she says.
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