Con man Gann's trial set

Pleads not guilty at arraignment

Simon Gann, the con man who allegedly sweet-talked a Menlo Park woman into a relationship and out of money by pretending to be a millionaire MIT graduate named "Saleem Dutante" who could count cards "like Rainman," pleaded not guilty at his Sept. 10 arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court.

The 29-year-old man remains in custody on $100,000 bail. Authorities tripled his initial bail after discovering Mr. Gann's multiple convictions for fraud last year in Canada. Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak scheduled a jury trial for Oct. 25.

He's charged with obtaining approximately $1,900 under false pretenses and grand theft. He also racked up a charge of resisting arrest by attempting to evade Menlo Park police by hiding in his accuser's closet.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said no other local victims have come forward yet.

If found guilty, Mr. Gann could serve up to four years in state prison, according to the district attorney's office.

A penchant for ripping people off appears to run in the family. His identical twin brother, Jordan, is serving five years in Florida prison for conning a woman out of thousands of dollars by posing as an Ivy League oncologist and real estate mogul in 2008.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Judge, throw the book at this sociopath! It doesn't sound like he has a violent history, but he's a whackjob that needs to have his privileges suspended by going to the Big House. Reading the experiences others have posted in the comments section in the earlier story about him just confirms (assuming that their stories are true) that this guy is a dangerous leech. He may not be Van Der Sloot, but he still needs to be locked up.

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Posted by haha
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 13, 2010 at 5:54 am

This guy is a guess once you keep liying it just grows from there....

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