Lincoln police allege a 29-year-old woman used a string of lies to bilk her 50-year-old boyfriend out of nearly $98,000 before they broke up, according to court records.
Brandee Curry and the man from a town in north-central Nebraska met in May 2017 on an online dating website called SeekingArrangement, which pairs older men or women (known as sugar daddies or mommies) with younger people (so-called sugar babies), a police investigator wrote in an affidavit for her arrest.
Curry and the man started dating but broke up seven months later.
While they were dating, the man received $355,000 after selling 160 acres he inherited after his father's death.
Soon after that June sale, Curry began requesting money from him, the investigator said.
The man wired or wrote checks to Curry totaling $97,905 during a four-month period.
But only later did he learn he'd been deceived, police said.
Curry first asked for money to repay her father's gambling debt after his sudden death, the investigator said.
She told the man her father's bookie threatened her, saying she'd be forced to work for him if she didn't pay him, the affidavit said.
He ultimately wired her $30,000. But the investigator learned her father was alive, and he told police he didn't owe anyone money for gambling.
The woman also told her boyfriend she needed $14,000 to pay for two weeks of medical treatment for her child in Puerto Rico because his doctor thought he might have cancer, the affidavit said.
"After interviewing Brandee's family members, I found no evidence of (her son) having a severe illness where he would need treatment in Puerto Rico," the investigator wrote.
She also asked him for $25,000 so she could buy her friend's photography business, but the investigator couldn't verify that she'd started a business and the check in this transaction was made out to Curry's mother unbeknownst to the victim, the affidavit said.
Text messages between the man and Curry corroborate those deceptions, police said.
More than $57,000 was deposited into Curry's bank accounts in July 2017, when the deception began, police said.
She was arrested Friday, and prosecutors have charged her with theft by deception of more than $5,000. Her attorney with the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office declined to comment Monday.
Curry has been released from jail on $10,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.