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'Despicable' conman 'deserves jail'

'Despicable' conman 'deserves jail'
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The victims of one of Australia's most cunning con men have told 60 Minutes how their lives have been devastated by the lies, manipulation and scams of Paul Carter.
The seasoned scammer's deception knew no bounds, fleecing millions of dollars from family, friends and lovers as well as small businesses and charities.
60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett revealed Paul Carter has been leading multiple lives, with numerous wives and fiancées - all to help fund his lavish lifestyle.
Using fake names, documents and dating profiles, Carter conned those around him into believing he had an enormous amount of wealth – all while swindling funds from those who fell for his tricks.
Brooklin Carter was married to Paul Carter for 16 years and claims he has taken "at least two million dollars" from her and her family. (60 Minutes)
The pair have a son together. (60 Minutes)
One of his victims, ex-wife Brooklin Carter, who is also the mother of his child, told 60 Minutes his scamming ways were targeted and "despicable".
"He needs to go to jail for what he's done. Anyone else would," Ms Carter said.
"Clearly nobody's going to get their money back from him, but I think he needs to be held accountable."
Brooklin and Paul began their relationship in 2002 – getting married shortly after and having a son together.
To fund his lifestyle of luxury cars and property, Carter borrowed money from his wife's family, under the guise of legitimate loans.
Ms Carter claims he has taken "at least two million dollars" from her and her family.
Paul Carter with his then-fiancé Katherine De Bois, whom he told his first wife had died of bone cancer. (60 Minutes)
Ms de Bois told 60 Minutes that Carter described his wife's death to her in graphic detail. (60 Minutes)
In 2014, the couple planned to move to the United States to start a new life together. Ms Carter and their son travelled to the country first, while her husband stayed in Australia to finish up his work.
But in reality, the conman was making his next move on his next target.
While his wife and child were in the US, Carter was leading another life in Melbourne with his new fiancé Katherine De Bois.
Perhaps most disturbingly, Ms De Bois revealed to 60 Minutes how Carter went to extreme lengths to convince her he was single, claiming that his wife had died of bone cancer eight years earlier.
"[He told] graphic detail of how she died, of the rotten breath, the hollow sunken eyes," Ms De Bois told Liam Bartlett.
For Ms Carter, the betrayal of her trust and their family was worse than the money he had taken from her.
"To tell people that someone is dead, the mother of your child and the woman that you are currently married to, is so despicable," she said.
"It takes it to a whole other level."
When 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett confronted Carter in Albany, New York, he admitted the lie about bone-cancer was "a mistake".
"I was going through a bad time with my then-wife, and it was just a mistake," he told Bartlett.
"So I lied to my ex-wife about stuff… I don't care, what difference does it make?"
Carter denies having scammed money from anyone, telling 60 Minutes he "didn't know" what he was talking about.
"I don't have any money dude, I didn't take any money from f---ing anybody."
After 16 years of marriage, Ms Carter finalised their divorce six weeks ago. At some point between then and now, Carter remarried for the fourth time – to his own divorce lawyer, Kelly Sayers.
"I don't know the person that I was married to for all those years," said an emotional Ms Carter.
Ms Carter says she lives in fear of her ex-husband, who she took out an AVO against in August last year, after she claims he made threats of violence.
"He threatened to kill himself and take me out as well," she said.
60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett confronted Carter in Albany, New York, but he denied scamming money from anyone. (60 Minutes)
"Now my son sleeps with a knife next to his bed and I sleep with a weapon next to my bed."
60 Minutes went on to reveal Carter hasn't just conned women.
In 2010, he took a job as the boss of the Uniting Church's charity, United Housing Victoria. But after the organisation was haemorrhaging money and left on the brink of collapse, an investigation was launched and Carter was immediately let go.
In 2013, Carter secured a job as a project manager on a residential and retail complex in Melbourne. But a staggering amount of money went missing and the developer was left almost $800,000 out of pocket.
The developer lodged a claim with the Victorian Government's insurance scheme, ultimately meaning taxpayers repaid much of the lost money.
Carter's former fiancé Ms De Bois says there is "no moral limit" to her ex-fiance and his schemes.
"He has misled and manipulated church organisations, housing for the disabled," she said.
"He's the worst of the worst."
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