According to a report, Martin Berres, a 62 year old New Yorker, has allegedly ripped off his internet lovers for multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars. Arrested yesterday, Mr. Berres is scheduled to return to court November 27th where he faces one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” felony, punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.
Mr. Berres allegedly met two women on JDate, a Jewish internet dating website. One of those women was allegedly victimized by Mr.Berres earlier this month when her 7-carat diamond necklace was stolen. The police believe Mr. Berres not only stole that necklace from her apartment, but sold the $50,000 piece of jewelry for $11,000. Additionally, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office may be investigating whether Mr. Berres perpetrated the crimes of Identity Theft, Forgery, Falsifying Business Records and Grand Larceny when a girlfriend’s bank account and credit card was emptied and used to the tune of $360,000. Earlier this year, according to a report, Mr. Berres stole a girlfriend’s identification and withdrew $10,000 from her Chase bank account.
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