ATLANTA (AP) — A science fiction writer is facing federal charges that he met women on an online Jewish dating service and convinced them to invest millions of dollars in a phony company.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged 61-year-old Mitchell Gross with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the scheme. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said Gross met a woman online in 2006 and ultimately convinced her to invest almost $3 million in a phony firm, which he actually controlled. They say Gross was using the money to repay another ex-girlfriend who had also been duped into investing $1.4 million in the scheme.

Gross, who uses the pen name Mitchell Graham, could face decades in prison. Another court hearing was scheduled for Friday.


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