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Andrew John Harper arrested - Nov 17, 2010

AN alleged serial love rat conman has been arrested by police thanks to a tip-off from a reader.

Officers arrested Andrew John Harper at 10.30am this morning in Glenroy after a reader recognised him from a picture published in the Sunday Herald Sun.

Details were also published in the Herald Sun and on

The 39-year-old has been charged with fraud and deception and is expected to appear at Frankston Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

Andrew Harper, who also allegedly used the name Dr Ryan Reece DuPont and Andrew Karlsson, is accused of fleecing hundreds of thousands of dollars from women all over Australia and abroad.

One alleged victim, Diana Mors, 44, from Brisbane, said she was relieved after the latest development in the case.

"I'm shaking with joy,” Ms Mors said.

"You don't know what a relief it is.''

Rebecca Bell, also from Brisbane, said: "This is fantastic news. We have been trying to find him for two year. I am so pleased.''

Mr Harper is wanted for questioning in another four Australian states on suspicion of fraud and deception.

Alleged Victorian victim Katherine Pizzey, from Mornington, said the arrest provided some relief for alleged victims. “I'll be able to sleep peacefully,” she said.

A spokesman for Victoria Police said: "Police arrested a man today in relation to an alleged deception in Mornington.

"Detectives from Mornington Crime Investigation Unit arrested the NSW man at about 10.30am in Glenroy.

"The 39-year-old is currently assisting police with their enquiries."

Later, Detective Sen Cons Alex Montgomery said: "He has now been charged and we expect him to appear before Frankston Magistrates' Court tomorrow."

Jon Kaila - Sunday Herald Sun - November 17, 2010

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