69-Year-Old US Man Accused Of Stealing $1.8 Million From Women On Dating Apps.
A 69-year-old man from New York City has been accused of swindling more than $1.8 million from multiple women he met through dating apps, according to recent reports.
Nelson Counne, who has been dubbed “the worst boyfriend on the Upper East Side,” allegedly used his relationships with women to extort money from them by misrepresenting his true identity.
Counne reportedly chatted with women on dating apps, met them in person, and then trapped them in a web of deceit. He fabricated nearly every aspect of his life, lying about being a Vietnam War hero, an art dealer, and even having cancer. By using these false claims, he defrauded women of thousands of dollars and years of their lives.
One of Counne’s victims recently spoke out about her experience with him, stating that she believed he should be in jail for life. The woman was 49 years old when she met Counne at the Upper East Side Italian restaurant Campagnola in August 2000. She was healing from a “quite a painful breakup” and was instantly intrigued by the “handsome” man.
“I was very attracted to him, he was very charming at first,” she told The New York Post.
Counne reportedly used his charm and sweet talk to lure the woman in, eventually convincing her to invest $5,000 in a fraudulent investment plan. He claimed that he had a person allowing him to invest and promised her that he could give her back ten times that amount. However, after some time, he defrauded her of the money and disappeared.
She told The New York Post, “I think he should be in jail for all of his life.” “He robs women of their money, of their dignity.”
Counne fabricated nearly every aspect of his life, from dangling investment opportunities to lying that he received a Purple Heart for serving in Vietnam.
“He was absolutely a sweet talker,” Kristie said. “He came up with this investment plan that if I gave him some money, he could give me back ten times that because he had this person allowing him to invest. And he wanted me to make money.”
The woman’s story is just one of many that have come to light since Counne’s recent arrest.
According to reports, he is accused of stealing more than $1.8 million from five women dating as far back as 2012. He was arrested earlier this month and is now facing charges related to the alleged fraud and theft.
The victims of Counne’s alleged crimes have spoken out about the devastating impact his actions have had on their lives.
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