‘90 Day Fiancé’: The Real Reason David Murphey Bought Lana a Fake Ring

David Murphey and Lana’s storyline was one of the craziest on 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days. Throughout most of the season, fans were convinced that Lana was a catfish. The two had been talking for seven years yet never met in person, Lana stood him up multiple times, and she refused to talk to him outside of the dating site that Murphey paid for. But in the surprise of the season, Lana turned out to be a real person. On Murphey’s fifth attempt to meet Lana, she finally showed up and the two got engaged. Despite his claims that he is an extremely wealthy man, Murphey proposed to Lana with a fake ring. Now, we finally find out why he did that.

David Murphey and Lana
David Murphey and Lana | Instagram @davidjmurphey

David Murphey and Lana’s relationship

Murphey and Lana met on a dating site that connects men with Ukrainian women. They spoke for years without ever seeing one another. Murphey went to Ukraine a number of times, but each time Lana had an excuse as to why she could not see him. After his fourth time trying to meet her failed, he hired a private investigator.

“I know I got a lot of lies from Lana,” he said on the show. “So I’m hoping the investigator will validate that Lana is who I think she is because I don’t know if I’m ready to find out if my truth is not the truth.”

But when Murphey’s friend Victoria translated the investigator’s findings, Murphey refused to accept the information.

“He truly believes that this is a scam,” she said. “Because when they checked all data and all connections, they find out this girl [has] several dating accounts.”

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Despite all of the evidence that Lana could have been scamming him, Murphey returned to Ukraine to try to meet her again. This time, he went with a fake engagement ring to propose to Lana. At the end of his trip, he got down on one knee at the airport and Lana agreed to marry him.

Murphey claims to be rich

Throughout the season, Murphey has claimed to be quite well-off.

“I was spending $2,000 per month dating when I was dating in the USA,”  he wrote in an Instagram Q&A. “Dinner, shows, activities, and travel. When the website came out I just transferred that expense to them. I know, I know. If you earn 4k a month, this is crazy money, but not if you earn 15k plus. None of this money is lifechanging to me.”

According to Murphey’s LinkedIn, he works as an SR Systems Programmer for Clark County in Las Vegas, a role that can earn up to $110,000 per year, according to Distractify. So, why did he get Lana a fake ring?

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The reason behind the fake ring

On the last installment of the tell-all, Murphey admitted that Lana wasn’t his first fiance. He had proposed to two American women and two Ukrainian women in the past. Some of those women also received fake rings and some ended the engagements before they even got a ring.

When it comes to Lana, Murphey said that he chose to go with cubic zirconia because he didn’t know Lana’s ring size and she wanted to pick out her own ring. He felt that if he bought her a real ring and then had to return it later because it didn’t fit, it would have depreciated in value and he would lose money.