Memphis woman's online dating nightmare will air on Dateline NBC tonight
(WMC-TV) – Esther Pilgrim is a single mother who says the former 90's rapper Tim Dog has been using his music to manipulate women and she's sending out a warning.
"Because he has a past history he knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk," said Pilgrim.
Pilgrim, 47, says she met former rapper Timothy 'Tim Dog' Blair on an online dating website.
"I remembered him because I grew up outside of Los Angeles so I remember the whole East Coast versus West Coast thing but I was not a fan of hip hop," Pilgrim said.
Wining and dining, staying in his expensive Atlanta condo, Pilgrim says Blair earned her trust.
"What it appears he does is he uses one victims money to bait the other victim," said Pilgrim.
Convinced that Blair was a successful entertainer, Pilgrim opened a $10,000 line of credit with American Express to help him invest in online pre-orders for his music. Ten-thousand dollars soon turned $30,000, and by then Pilgrim realized that 'Tim Dog' had taken her to the dog house.
When asked if Pilgrim loved him, she stated, "Uh, I loved the person he pretended to be."
Her credit card was frozen and Pilgrim says during her own investigation she learned that she was not the only victim. Blair was an authorized user on several other accounts connected to phony music investments.
"Later I would learn he was married. He has a child. I mean, what kind of man denies his own child?" said Pilgrim.
It had all been a lie and even more, Pilgrim says it took more than three years for local authorities to take her case. Blair entered a guilty plea to grand larceny in 2010.
Our attempts to reach Blair were unsuccessful.
On her journey to justice, Pilgrim says she has accepted that she will be judged.
"No one will beat me up more than I did ok. I know that I have peace within myself, that I fought the good fight so that this man can't be enabled to do this any more," stated Pilgrim.
As part of his plea deal Blair received five years unsupervised probation and was ordered to pay Pilgrim back $19,000 in $100 monthly payments.
This case has attracted national attention. Dateline NBC will air a two-hour special investigation into this story airing on Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m. right here on WMCTV.