WOBURN (AP) — A Waltham man has been sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from four women he met on Internet dating sites.

Albert Lovering was also sentenced Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay $78,000 in restitution to the victims.

He pleaded guilty to 23 counts of larceny.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Lovering deceived the women into believing he was romantically attached to them and “in need of financial assistance.”

They said the women loaned Lovering thousands of dollars, with the expectation he would repay them, but he never did.

Authorities say Lovering met the women through various dating websites, including Yahoo.com, Plentyoffish.com and the personal ads on Craigslist, between November 2006 and December 2008.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (3)
  1. Denise says:

    I have a friend that dated a guy and loaned him $$ – she still considered them friends and thought he would pay her back – well she ended up chasing him through small claims court and he played the system time and time again. She got some of her $$ back when they threatened him w/ contempt of court etc… but she never got all her $$ back – I’m sure he will come across someone that will take him for a ride some day and luckily she hasn’t lost her – trusting nature.. So ladies – there are plenty of this type and they come from all walks of life – and “Soup” just think this story could be about you – as I’m sure you too have taken a number of trusting people for a ride. You too will get yours some day!

  2. jaygee says:

    I can’t for the life of me comprehend how either men or women could seek out a mate online without knowing anything about just who they are talking to. A woman could be “chatting” with a guy who is either married or just released from prison or both! There have been many cases where women have been duped (and men too) by others who are good at lying. All I know is that you really have to be desperate (4 women ?) to give a bum like this money after knowing them a short time.

  3. g getty says:

    If a guy ask you for a date he wants more then money

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