A minimum of 5 New York Metropolis girls are out of greater than $1.8 million as a result of an accused scammer dubbed the “worst boyfriend on the Higher East Facet,” in line with experiences.
“Nelson Counne, 70, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with fraud and grand larceny for allegedly luring lonely girls on on-line relationship websites into believing he was a rich artwork collector and investor — then coaxing them into making hefty investments in phony firms,” the New York Publish experiences.
Manhattan Assistant District Legal professional Kofi Sansculotte mentioned in court docket Monday that Counne was not independently rich, and the one funds in his accounts have been from suspected victims of his alleged romance scams.
“Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg mentioned that the incidents date again to 2012, however Counne was solely arrested on March 13 this 12 months and has denied the allegations in opposition to him,” the Day by day Mail states.
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A choose reportedly ordered Counne to be held on $150,000 money bail or a bond of as much as $750,000 pending a return court docket look on Could 3.
Counne would allegedly use the alias Nelson or Justin Roth in his schemes, telling girls he had houses in London and the south of France, regardless of the actual fact he seems to have by no means traveled internationally or owned a passport, in line with the prosecutor.
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Counne can be accused of pitching funding alternatives shortly after beginning a brand new relationship, together with for the Alibaba Group he falsely claimed to have entry to, and a phony start-up firm Counne mentioned he co-owned with a former Google government, prosecutors mentioned.
“Mr. Counne [is] an aged man,” his lawyer, Dannielle Von Lehman, mentioned in Manhattan Supreme Court docket Monday. “He’s 70 years previous. He has lived in the identical deal with on 82nd Avenue for the previous 25 years. He has a previous felony historical past however he has zero failures to look and all through your entire time.”