Waltham man finds love pays, crime doesn’t
A Waltham man was quite the charmer, according to prosecutors who allege that he was able to bilk about $200,000 from different women he met through online personal listings.
During his alleged scams, Albert Lovering Jr., 54, was also married.
He pleaded not guilty during his larceny arraignment yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail.
Lovering met his first victim in November 2006 through dating ads on Yahoo.com, prosecutors said. Soon after meeting, he told the woman he needed money to pay an obligation to an antiques dealer in New York. He also allegedly had her co-sign a loan for which he would repay her, but instead spent the money on himself.
He met the second victim in 2008 on craigslist.
He “told the victim that he had a financial hardship and was in need of money for an item he recently bid on eBay,” according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office.
To get more money out of the woman, Lovering courted her with romantic dinners and “professions of warmth, affection and physical attraction,” prosecutors said.
After she gave him $28,000 she never heard from her again until he electronically messaged her and claimed to be in a New Hampshire hospital with serious medical conditions.
He said he didn’t want her to visit, but needed help paying medical bills or the hospital would not release him.
Lovering allegedly used similar ruses to court and scam the other two women.
Prosecutors would not identify the women.
Lovering’s wife attended his arraignment, according to The Boston Globe.
He is due back in court next month.