CRIME

NH man accused of duping lovelorn women to fund $375,000 spending spree

He left them heartbroken – and allegedly without much in their bank accounts either.

A New Hampshire man is accused of romancing and then ripping off women to fund a luxury lifestyle, racking up more than $375,000 in purchases on vacations, clothing, meals and jewelry, according to prosecutors.

Michael J. Shields Jr., 25, formerly from Boston, faced charges including credit card fraud and witness intimidation. A Suffolk Superior Court judge in Massachusetts ordered him held on $7,500 bail, WBZ reported.

A 45-count indictment alleged that Shields swindled his accusers between May 2015 and January 2016, duping them into "brief romantic relationships." Prosecutors said the women handed Shields their personal identification information, believing that he was going to add their names to his credit card accounts and help them out financially.

One of the accusers in the case, a childhood friend and former American soldier, said he trusted Shields to make investments for him so he could build up credit in his transition to a civilian life, authorities told the Boston Herald.

Shields’ case comes as a man in Missouri was arrested last week for allegedly posing as a U.S. Marshal to con women to buy him luxury vehicles.