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Fraud artist who stole from women he wooed gets 9 more months in jail

In a story befitting a Hollywood movie script, a man already incarcerated for fraud has been sentenced in Longueuil to nine months in jail and three years of probation for posing as a successful businessman on a dating website and ripping off his victim.

Réal Scott Rail posed as wealthy businessman on dating website, met and married his victim within months

Danielle Beauchamp, left, an earlier victim of Réal Scott Rail, came to the Longueuil courthouse to show support for Aurora Gutierrez, who lost her life's savings to Rail. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

In a story befitting a Hollywood movie script, a man already incarcerated for fraud has been sentenced in Longueuil to nine months in jail and three years of probation for posing as a wealthy businessman on a dating website and ripping off his victim.

Réal Scott Rail introduced himself as a successful, educated businessman with plans to move to the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin for a lucrative job when he met Aurora Gutierrez through the website Réseau Contact in February 2006.

They began a romantic relationship, and court documents show Gutierrez fell for him quickly, adding his name to a credit card account a few weeks after they began dating and setting up a joint bank account with a $50,000 line of credit the following May.

They started a construction company together in August, borrowing $40,000 from Gutierrez's mother to buy a building as a renovation project in Saint-Hilaire.

Debts piled up

That project failed to make money, and the couple applied for a second line of credit and later, another loan from Gutierrez's mother. The debts piled up. 

Gutierrez finally pulled the plug on the relationship in 2008, when she went to shop for groceries and her payment on a $22 purchase didn't go through because the couple's joint account had been emptied. 

Crown prosecutor Julie Laborde said it's hard to find out how much money Gutierrez lost, but she said it's safe to say that it was more than $100,000.

"When you lose so much money, you have to start all over again," said Gutierrez after Rail's sentencing at the Longueuil courthouse on Tuesday.

"If somebody tells you that fraud is not violent crime, don't believe them. it is a violent crime."

Rail will serve nine months for defrauding Gutierrez, concurrent with one month for theft, in addition to a 15-month sentence he is already serving for a similar ruse involving another woman, Danielle Beauchamp.

He was found guilty last October for defrauding Beauchamp.

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