- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2015

A former Senate staffer has been charged with defrauding at least three women of $500,000.

Robert Lee Foster, 65, a Wisconsin man who worked for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for more than three decades, is accused of bilking the three women between 2008 and 2015, according to an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The three women were 54, 70 and 75 years old at the time they said they were duped by Mr. Foster, who is charged with nine counts of wire fraud.

The former staffer convinced the women he needed to borrow money to repay debts so that he could retire, pay nonexistent litigation and business expenses, and pay for foreign travel when he had no travel plans, according to court documents.

Mr. Foster also asked to borrow money after falsely claiming his credit card had been hacked, authorities said.

Each time he asked for additional funds, he told the women that he would have access to “large sums of money in the near future” or promised to sign agreements to formalize the purported loans, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said he would borrow money from one woman to make partial repayments to one of the others.

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