ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A St. Louis man is charged with stealing from women he met on Craigslist and a dating website.
Maurice N. Quinn, 38, is charged with two counts of felony stealing.
According to court documents, Quinn met one victim in July 2013 through a dating website. The victim told Quinn her daughter's car was having problems, and he told her he could get her a good deal on a new vehicle.
Quinn allegedly told the victim he could get a Nissan Altima at an auction, and sent her a picture of the vehicle. The victim sent him $500 between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 to go toward the purchase of the vehicle.
The victim says Quinn promised to pick her up from work in the new car. When Quinn didn't show up, the victim called his phone, but the number had been disconnected.
In a separate incident, police say Quinn met a victim through a Craigslist dating post. When the victim complained about tire problems, Quinn told her he could help her get new tires.
The victim gave Quinn $200 to go toward tires. He then told her he could get a good deal on a new vehicle, using the same story he told the victim in July 2013.
Police say the victim gave Quinn $540 to go toward a Nissan Armada. She also gave him her GPS system because he promised to update it.
After Quinn received the money and GPS system, he stopped taking the victim's phone calls.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said in a tweet Friday that anyone who believes they have been a victim of Quinn should contact police. There is also a separate case pending against Quinn out of Ste. Genevieve.
The St. Louis area Better Business Bureau says it often hears of people getting scammed out of money after getting involved on an online relationship.
"That's the biggest red flag. Because what we normally hear at the BBB, where the trouble comes is where one person, whether it's the man or the woman, starts asking the other person for money," said BBB VP of Communications Chris Thetford.