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Scammer who romanced women out of $300,000 pleads guilty

A man accused of romancing three women out of more than $300,000 pleaded guilty in Erie County Court Monday afternoon to three counts of grand larceny and one charge of scheming to defraud.

Judge Thomas P. Franczyk delayed acceptance of the plea by Eric P. Marshall of Grand Island until an unrelated federal case against the defendant is resolved. Each larceny charge is a class C felony, with the amount stolen over $50,000.

Marshall, 38, reportedly met at least one victim online. Two of the women lived out of state, but he told them that he was buying homes where they could live together. He took $105,700 from one woman, about $190,000 from another victim and more than $15,354 from a third woman. Besides the houses, he reportedly told his victims that he was using the money to start a business selling cars, traveling for job training, buying clothes and other personal uses.

Marshall has been ordered to pay full restitution and faces a sentencing range of between 5 and 15 years in prison once the case concludes. He is being held at the Erie County Holding Center without bail.

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