‘Worst boyfriend’ romance scammer bilked at least 5 NYC women out $1.8M: prosecutors

By and New York Post

An accused scammer dubbed the “Worst Boyfriend on the Upper East Side” bilked at least five Manhattan women out of more than $1.8 million by courting both their hearts and bank accounts, prosecutors alleged Monday.

Nelson Counne, 70, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with fraud and grand larceny for allegedly luring lonely women on online dating sites into believing he was a wealthy art collector and investor — then coaxing them into making hefty investments in phony companies.

“In the end, almost all of Counne’s representations proved to be false,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Kofi Sansculotte said in court.

“He was not independently wealthy and the only funds into his accounts were from confirmed and suspected victims of his romance scams,” Sansculotte head of the office’s Financial Frauds Bureau, said.

Counne did not have homes in London and the South of France — and in fact, did not appear to have ever traveled internationally nor own a passport, the prosecutor said.


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