A man dubbed ‘Australia’s Tinder swindler’ is accused of using a series of innocent women as ‘cash cows’ before his own daughter exposed his lies.
Grant Greentree told Kim d’Alquen, from Melbourne, that his ex-wife Elizabeth had died of cancer a decade earlier before allegedly rinsing her of more than $200,000.
Mr Greentree allegedly promised his new bride that once he turned 60 he would receive a substantial superannuation payment, but the money never came.
He asked Ms d’Alquen to pay for holidays and their everyday expenses, despite boasting he owned a yacht and several investment properties around the world.
Grant Greentree told Kim d’Alquen (pictured) that his ex-wife Elizabeth had died of cancer a decade earlier before finally rinsing her of more than $200,000
Ms d’Alquen said her ex-husband had cried as he recalled holding his wife’s hand as she died and admitted she had also been brought to tears by his ’emotive’ story.
It wasn’t until she met his daughter Isabella that she realised her husband had lied about his dead ex-wife, who was in reality very much alive.
‘She mentioned that she’d had a piercing and that her mum didn’t like it, and she just started chatting about her mum,’ she told 60 Minutes reporter Tom Steinfort.
‘I thought, wow, this doesn’t sound like a dead widow.’
Isabella recalled her father turning up the car radio and blasting the air-conditioning as high as it could go so Ms d’Alquen couldn’t hear her talk about her mother.
Following that conversation the Melbourne woman realised she had been fed a series of lies about her partner’s ex-wife, his finances and his history.
Grant Greentree (pictured) is accused of meeting women online and taking advantage of them financially
The pair first met on online dating app Bumble and quickly became serious, with the serial dater showering her with love and affection.
He took Ms d’Alquen to look at million-dollar mansions in affluent Melbourne suburbs and went as far as signing contracts, before pulling out last minute.
‘He was love-bombing. He was reeling me in very carefully,’ she said.
It was after Mr Greentree turned 60 that Ms d’Alquen started asking questions about the missing superannuation payment.
He allegedly left her $200,000 out of pocket, $50,000 of which she said she spent on renting their flashy apartment.
She threatened not to speak to her husband until she saw the money in her account and finally told Mr Greentree she was leaving him.
Ms d’Alquen said at that moment the mask fell away to reveal a ‘scared, angry little man’ who realised he was losing hold of his ‘cash cow’ and began to spiral.
Mr Greentree’s daughter Isabella told 60 Minutes that while she had a biological father, she had never had a dad
‘Slowly boiling the frog, it was an analogy he used about things,’ she said.
‘I think that’s what he did to me, slowly turned the heat up, slowly, slowly, pressure cooking. I was his cash cow. He didn’t want me to go.’
Mr Greentree’s daughter Isabella told 60 Minutes that while she had a biological father, she had never had a dad.
She said as a young girl she was ‘prioritised as a prop’ her father used to appeal to the series of girlfriends she would meet and then never see again.
‘He genuinely can’t comprehend his lies are lies,’ Isabella said.
While Mr Greentree has been convicted of forgery in his business endeavours the women in his personal life have never recovered their money he stole.
The pair first met on online dating app Bumble and quickly became serious, with the serial dater showering Ms d’Alquen with love and affection (pictured, the pair at their wedding)
Ms d’Alquen said the fraudster had been able to pull off the ‘moral crime’ by slowly gaining her trust and said there was little the law could do.
‘If it’s a business situation there are bodies you can go to, there are ways you can try and claim something back or at least shut someone down,’ she said.
‘But in affairs of the heart, in anything that’s about a confidence trick, there’s no recourse for them, he can keep going.’
She predicted Mr Greentree would keep tricking innocent women until he died and said she didn’t doubt he already had a new girlfriend.
He is understood to have since fled his troubles in Australia for the United States.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Greentree for comment.