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Man Scams Women Out of Over $300k Arrested by Detective

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Detective Brinkerhoff arrested a Grand Island male on felony fraud and larceny charges on August 23.

It’s alleged that Eric Marshall met the victim, a Connecticut woman, in 2009 online and began a romantic relationship. During the fake courtship, Marshall convinced her to send him money totaling $198,000 to purchase property and other items. Marshall further convinced the victim to send him money to buy a house in Western New York where the two would live. The victim was sending $700.00 per month for a mortgage payment for a house which didn’t exist. In addition to the monthly mortgage payments, Marshall convinced the victim to send him money for his retail car business, for clothes, and airfare for out of state training.

Ultimately, it was discovered that Marshall was scamming the victim and created false scenarios to swindle additional funds from the victim.

Detective Brinkerhoff’s investigation discovered two other victims, one from Western New York and a second from Long Island. Marshall created multiple fake online profiles and numerous aliases to meet women and convince them of his love and later defraud them of personal wealth totaling over $120,000.00.

Marshall was arrested and charged with two counts of felony grand larceny and one count of felony scheme to defraud. Marshall has been arraigned and is held at the Erie County Holding Center without bail.

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