Waterford Man Accuses RI Woman of $95,000 Scam

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012  |  Updated 11:28 AM EDT
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Waterford Man Accuses RI Woman of $95,000 Scam

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A Rhode Island woman has been arrested on charges she scammed a Waterford man out of $95,000 for a business venture she never launched.

Instead, police in Connecticut said Melissa Cullen, 45, of Cranston, R.I., spent more than $500 a day for liquor, clothing, groceries, limousines and elective surgery.

The Day of New London reports that Chester Lickwola of Waterford filed a criminal complaint against Cullen, accusing her of persuading him to give her $95,000 between December 2010 and January 2011 under false pretenses. Police said the two met on Craigslist.

Police said Cullen characterized her relationship with Lickwola as an exchange of sex for money.

She was charged with larceny and is being held on $200,000 bond. It wasn't known on Wednesday if she is represented by a lawyer.

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