Serial con man captured women's hearts across the country, then stole their money

The Twin Cities man will spend the next 24 years in prison for his scheme.
Author:
Publish date:

He presented himself as a Navy pilot, a Department of Defense analyst, and a college professor, but in reality he was a con man from Minnesota.

Derek Alldred, 47, left a string of broken hearts and emptied bank accounts across the country, starting two dozen relationships with women from whom he stole more than $250,000 in total.

He was caught after his latest scam in Texas, to which he pleaded guilty in December and on Wednesday was sentenced to serve 24 years in prison for mail fraud and aggravated identity fraud.

As the East Texas U.S. Attorney's Office reports, he came to the attention of authorities after starting a relationship with a woman he met online in The Colony, Texas, in April 2017. The Colony is a city suburb of Dallas.

He told her his name was Richard Tailor, and that he was a Navy pilot, DOD worker and a professor at Southern Methodist University.

During their relationship, he used her credit card to order various items that were delivered to her home, and also used it to make various charges around town.

When she became suspicious, the woman discovered his real name and found he'd charged more than $12,000 to her card.

Find the latest BMTN stories by following us on Flipboard.

He was two-timing her

When police investigated, they discovered that Alldred was in a relationship with another woman, this one in Dallas.

He would tell one he had to go out of town to work as a pilot, and then have the other pick him up at the airport.

Police found he had also stolen money from this second woman, and were then able to establish a trail of cons he'd committed all over the country.

They found at least 25 victims located in California, Nevada, Hawaii and his native Minnesota. As part of his sentence, he's been ordered to repay $254,892 in restitution.

He has a history of creating identities to hoodwink victims, and has attracted headlines in Minnesota for his criminal exploits.

In Minnesota his targets included a Brooklyn Park woman, who said Alldred posed as a lawyer, opened a credit card in her name and racked up $15,000 in charges, as KARE 11 reported.

Elsewhere, Alldred had been convicted of stealing from a woman in Arizona, but skipped town before he could be sentenced.

"This defendant left a trail of tears, emotional devastation, and financial ruin behind him,” said Eastern Texas U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.

"It is clear that he will never change, and we expect his sentence to reflect that. We are glad we were able to get some level of justice for these women.”

Next Up

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Related

Charges: Serial rapist in Minneapolis targeted women online

The 24 year old was arrested after an alleged attack on March 18.

Tamara Gretz

Charges: Employee stole $470K to support her essential oils firm

The 49-year-old has a history of fraud and theft.

Hennepin Co. worker, husband stole $250K in government benefits

They were both handed prison sentences for the fraud.

Screen Shot 2020-06-11 at 9.21.26 PM

Charges: Texas man helped suspected St. Paul arsonists evade capture

The man is accused of helping his brother and sister-in-law avoid arrest.

Minnesota man who 'died' in 2011 is arrested – alive – in Europe

He is accused of faking his death in order to get a $2 million life insurance payout.

Charges: Airport electrician stole $125K of copper wire over 5 years

The 59-year-old would go to great lengths to disguise his intentions.

Charges: Man raped 2 women while out on bail for attempted rape

The attacks happened a month apart in south Minneapolis.

Personal injury attorney pleads guilty in corrupt chiropractor scam

The 37-year-old was involved in a scheme that defrauded insurance companies.