KUSA - Police are searching for Chris Rodriguez, who reportedly defrauded his elderly wife out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
According to police, Rodriguez met a 71-year-old woman in 2011 when he filed her taxes. Shortly afterwards, they started dating and were married in Las Vegas in early 2012.
When they came back to Colorado, Rodriguez claimed he was a financial advisor. Meanwhile, Rodriguez was married to another woman.
Before they got married, the victim opened an IRA with $95,000 to allow Rodriguez to purchase securities for her. He never purchased securities and, instead, used the money to pay back child support from a previous marriage in California. He paid his ex-wife $21,000 in child support.
The victim also gave Rodriguez $200,000 to become a major shareholder in his defunct business.
The victim and Rodriguez eventually separated, but he still got $52,000 more from the victim through credit-card accounts and a refinanced vehicle loan.
The investigation identified three other victims who were scammed out of $10,000.00 each. Chris Rodriguez told the victims that he would use the money to purchase Facebook stock at its IPO in 2012. The stock was never purchased, nor was Chris Rodriguez a licensed stockbroker.
The wife Chris Rodriguez was residing with had no knowledge of his second marriage or his fraudulent activities.
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