Nelson Counne appearing in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (New York Post screenshot)

Nelson Counne appearing in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (New York Post screenshot)

A 69-year-old man in New York City has been arrested for allegedly conning five women out of nearly $2 million dollars “through a series of romance and investment scams,” prosecutors announced.

Nelson Counne, previously dubbed “Worst Boyfriend on the Upper East Side,” by a 2022 New Yorker magazine article, was taken into custody this week after a grand jury indicted him on one count of first-degree scheme to defraud and three counts of grand larceny.

“As alleged, Nelson Counne’s sole source of income for the past eight years was money he swindled,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg said in a statement. “He allegedly fed lie after lie to women he falsely claimed to have a romantic interest in, enticing them with investment opportunities that never existed while using their funds to repay past victims, lure in new ones, and fund his lifestyle.”

Court documents allege that between December 2012 and January 2021, Counne stole more than $1.8 million from at least five different women using the same romance and investment ploy.

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