Man accused of conning two girlfriends out of £18,000
A man has appeared in court accused of swindling two girlfriends out of £18,000.
Simon Reid, aged 44, allegedly borrowed money from women claiming he could pay them back using his business interests in the US.
But prosecutors claim that he had no such assets.
Reid is charged with two counts of fraud by false representation.
He allegedly obtained £17,000 from one woman between August 31, 2008, and August 1 this year, and another £1,000 from a second woman between December 31 last year and August 1.
Reid, of Embankment Lane North, Prince Rock, Plymouth, indicated "no plea" to both charges.
Soo Jackaman-Hall, prosecuting, said: "The defendant entered a relationship with four women and told them that he had businesses and assets in the US. He obtained money from them, saying he would pay them back with the proceeds of the assets. The sum total of what he obtained was £18,000."
But she claimed that there were in fact no assets abroad.
Magistrates ruled that the case was so serious that it would have to be heard at Plymouth Crown Court.
Reid was released on unconditional bail to appear back before magistrates again on January 19 next year.
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