- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a New York man used online relationships to scam women out of more than $300,000.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says investigators know of three victims who gave Eric Marshall of Grand Island money after he created multiple fake profiles and wooed them online.

Marshall is being held without bail at a Buffalo jail on two counts of grand larceny and one count of scheming to defraud.

Authorities say one of the victims, a Connecticut woman, sent $198,000. That included monthly payments of $700 which she thought were going toward a house for Marshall and her but that didn’t exist.

It’s unknown whether Marshall has a lawyer. No one answered the phone at his home Tuesday.


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