Maurice Quinn of Wentzville faces two new charges of stealing from St. Louis women he met and started dating online, and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says she's looking for more victims.
The scam seems to work like this, according to probable-cause statements: Meet a woman online. Become her boyfriend. Offer to fix a problem for her if she'll send you the money. Get the money. Disappear forever.
Quinn, 38, was charged with pulling a similar scheme in Ste. Genevieve earlier this year.
In December 2012, Quinn met and began dating a woman through a Craigslist dating post when she complained about having issues with her tires, according to the probable-cause statement.
Quinn offered to help, asking for $200 cash to buy new tires and an additional $540 to buy a Nissan Armada at auction. The woman gave Quinn the money and her GPS system, which he promised to update.
Once he got the money, Quinn cut off all contact. Calls went straight to voicemail, and the woman -- whose name is not in the probable-cause statement -- never received the tires or car.
Seven months later, Quinn met a new woman through a dating site. When the woman mentioned that her daughter's car was having trouble, Quinn again offered to help her buy a Nissan at auction, even sending her a picture of the car, according to the probable-cause statement.
When she sent him $500 in cash, Quinn promised to pick her up from work in her new Nissan Altima. Quinn never showed, and his phone number was disconnected.
Circuit Attorney Joyce says there are reasons to believe Quinn has more victims out there. Individuals who believe they may have been the victim of a crime can call the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-231-1212.
Continue to read the entire probable-cause statement.
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