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Man pleads not guilty to swindling women he met online

Posted at 9:19 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 09:44:36-04

A Grand Island man is formally charged with swindling thousands of dollars from three women who thought they were dating him.

Authorities say 41-year-old Eric Marshall met two of the three victims on online dating sites in 2009.

In the seven years that followed, police say Marshall took $700 a month from one of those women, telling her the money was being used to pay for a house they were renting to buy. She also gave him money for clothing, travel and other expenses.

The other woman that Marshall met online paid him about $1500 a month, plus several loans and $8,000 to fix a water leak on a nonexistent home.

The third woman also gave the defendant money for a house she thought they would be living in.

Marshall was arrested in August and was arraigned Thursday on three counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

Marshall pleaded not guilty and was remanded to jail without bail.

He faces a maximum of 45 years in prison if convicted of the charges.