August 10, 2022

Courtney Symonds Miller struggled to understand how life had taken such a terrible turn, after seven years behind bars in a cockroach-infected Cypriot cell..

Unbeknownst to her, she would only be the first victim of “Tender Swindler” Simon Leviv.

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Courtney Symonds Miller says she was Simon Levy’s first victim.Credit: Provided.
Simon was only jailed in Israel for a previous crime, not for his illegal activities.

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Simon was only jailed in Israel for a previous crime, not for his illegal activities.Credit: Simon Leveev / Facebook

Cambridge-born Courtney, who was 19 at the time and lived with her grandparents in Cyprus, became close to the Israeli convoy when they both began selling hair products at a shopping center in Lamsol in 2008. had been.

Leviv, then 20, was going by the name of Shimon Hewitt, and he was working as a wingman in clubs with Courtney, now 31, who drank and danced after work. As he tried to attract women – and generally failed.

“I was 100 percent under her spell,” she tells The Sun. “The closest thing I can think of is when you meet the love of your life for the first time and you do anything for them.

“That’s how Simon befriended him. He was very caring, he always complimented me. I thought he was my partner in the form of a friend and he wanted to help me improve my life.

“He kept telling me he loved me and I was his best friend … so much so that I was separated from my friends and family.”

After initially revealing that he was skinny, Levitt later claimed he was a secret millionaire during a phone call after going home to Israel.

He said his father sent him to work in Cyprus on a low wage to learn the value of money, but he is now inheriting it and wants to open a business on the island.

Surprised, Courtney was excited for her friend – and she didn’t think twice about accepting the offer to become his personal assistant for £ 2,500 a month.

Courtney with Leviv and friends

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Courtney with Leviv and friendsCredit: Courtney Symonds Miller
Courtney had with her the car she had kept for Leviv while working as her personal assistant.

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Courtney had with her the car she had kept for Leviv while working as her personal assistant.Credit: Provided.

But just months later, Courtney was arrested by Cypriot police, searched and interrogated after being charged with credit card fraud. The man behind it all, he realized later, was Leviv.

It is thought to have cost women and businesses around the world more than 7 7 million. Several of his victims recounted how he left them dead in the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler.

Courtney’s first job as a PA was to rent him a fabulous BMW so he could travel to meetings in style.

Leviv asked to hire him in his own name because he did not have an international driver’s license. He read out his credit card details over the phone while Courtney negotiated with the salesman.

I spent three weeks in detention. The cell was ugly, there were cockroaches everywhere. There were no doors to the showers or toilets and Lou was just a hole in the floor.

Courtney Symonds Miller

She was also asked to attend hotel business meetings to take notice, but she regularly learned that it had been canceled when she arrived.

Several weeks later, Courtney and Levy were called back to the car dealership to sort out the paperwork, which revealed that the credit card had been stolen in Israel, and the couple was arrested.

Courtney recalls: “At first I thought the police were racist because we were not Cypriots. I spent three weeks in detention, even though it was a non-violent crime.

The cell was ugly, there were cockroaches everywhere. There were no doors, no toilets, and only a hole in the floor.

Leviev, pictured on the far right, worked with Courtney and the couple became close friends.

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Leviev, pictured on the far right, worked with Courtney and the couple became close friends.Credit: Courtney Symonds Miller
Courtney spent three weeks in a Cypriot prison.

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Courtney spent three weeks in a Cypriot prison.Credit: Provided.

“The rain was cold and his head wasn’t right. It was just a metal pipe. I was sharing the bank beds with the right criminals.”

“They searched me. I tried to refuse but they kept hitting me saying I had no choice.

“The whole place was inhuman.”

Sick move

The British High Commission hired a lawyer for Courtney, and her grandparents introduced the bill.

Courtney’s parents shelled out 2,000 for her release on bail, while Leviev received £ 8,000 from a local rabbi.

The couple had taken off their passports and had to report to the police station twice a week – but Leviev somehow managed to escape the country.

Courtney now realized that the rental car and hotel meetings were a ploy to get her on CCTV, so that Leviv could blame her for her crimes.

She says: “The police came and questioned me again. I was nervous but I did not know where he had gone.

“My lawyer told me that since Simon had left the country, I would be charged instead – he would give me his year.

My grandmother was very upset. It was terrible. He left me to fall for everything.

Courtney Symonds Miller

“While I was in custody, they handcuffed me and took me back to my grandmother’s house. Are done

“My grandmother was very upset. It was terrible. She left me to fall for everything.”

To keep Courtney out of jail, her grandparents gave the court her house deed and one cash each.

It had been two years since he was finally acquitted – and the trial cost his family £ 14,200.

The ultimate deception

Levy tried to keep Courtney aside and called her to declare her innocence, but she gradually realized that she had suffered the “ultimate betrayal.”

“Thinking about it makes me feel sick,” she recalls. “It simply came to our notice then.

“He makes sure the woman commits crimes for him, he’s careful not to find himself guilty. It becomes his victim’s word against him, and it’s hard for him to stand up in court.” Is.”

It makes me sick to think about it. He planned it all.

Courtney Symonds Miller

Nearly a decade later, Courtney found an article in a Norwegian newspaper exposing Leviev as a man who had cheated on women who were lured into the tender. Cecilia Fagelhoy, a victim based in the UK, shelled out 185,000.

Courtney immediately recognized Leviev in the photos, which showed him posing with luxury cars, private jets, helicopters and charming women.

She says: “These girls have ruined their lives. I am sick of the death of trolls who were gold diggers – I am living proof that all the deep theater and money is needed to make this magic work.” do not have.

“He uses people’s kindness and love to get what he wants.”

Lasting effect

Even after all these years, Courtney is still struggling to trust her decision.

“It’s the worst kind of abuse,” she says. “You live your life thinking you can’t trust anyone.”

“It’s cruel. I saved my teeth from going to jail just by being a good lawyer and being British.”

Courtney believes Leviev – who has just returned from prison after a short stint and denies being a fraud – is a “narcissistic * hat” who thinks the world is “indebted to him”.

It forces you to rethink yourself as a person, it destroys your confidence, your confidence in your own mind, and your own intelligence.

Cotney Symonds Miller

She says: “He feels he deserves everything. Destroying lives is the only way he thinks he deserves it.

“I think he really believes his lies. There’s something wrong with that.”

“I’m afraid he’ll ruin other lives. What he does is terrible and soul-destroying.

“It forces you to rethink yourself as a person. It destroys your confidence, your confidence in your own mind, and your own intelligence.

“He did this to me a decade ago when he was 20. Imagine how good he is now with 10 years of practice.”

Courtney is still struggling to build trust.

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Courtney is still struggling to build trust.Credit: Provided.
Simon spent five of his 15 months in prison in a landmark fraud case.

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Simon spent five of his 15 months in prison in a landmark fraud case.
Cecilie Fjellhøy and Pernilla Sjoholm were two of his victims who appeared in a Netflix documentary.

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Cecilie Fjellhøy and Pernilla Sjoholm were two of his victims who appeared in a Netflix documentary.Credit: Pernilla Sjoholm Instagram

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