Man Accused of Using Dating Site to Steal Thousands

Posted at: 01/24/2013 5:13 PM
By: James Wilcox

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A Rochester man is accused of using an online dating website to meet a woman and scam her out of thousands of dollars.

33-year-old Curtis Britton is charged with two felony counts of theft by swindle in Ramsey County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, he met a St. Paul woman on a dating site and convinced her to give him more than $17,000. Authorities say he told the woman his mother was dying of cancer and he needed the money to get her body back to her native country of Trinidad, among other things.

The woman went to police after her family became suspicious. Britton does have a criminal history. He appeared on the TV show Judge Judge in 2008 where he was accused of doing a smiliar thing.