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'Kissing Con Man' Taken to Oregon

'Kissing Con Man' Taken to Oregon

Posted - Sep. 22, 2004 at 4:50 p.m.



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John Hollenhorst ReportingA man who allegedly married and defrauded at least nine women is on his way to Oregon to stand charges. The "Kissing Con Man" allegedly persuaded an elderly woman there to invest $22,000 in a cattle business that didn't exist. Meanwhile, Utah authorities are hearing about more of his alleged swindles here.

Victim: “It’s a hard lesson that I didn’t think I needed to learn at this age.”

She's 63 and embarrassed by her whirlwind relationship with a man who called himself Dominique DeGeorgio. She met him at a Mesquite casino last May. That night they had dinner and a hug.

Victim: “Then he started to make some moves on me, you know. And he says, ‘You’re mine.’ And I said, ‘Really, when did you decide that?’ And he said, ‘The moment I touched you.’ He knew all the right things to say, all the right buttons to push.”

Six weeks later they were married. But not long after, she found out he had other wives elsewhere. Dominique DeGeorgio was really George Upton. His businesses were fraudulent, and he'd swindled her out of $10,000 dollars.

Victim: "I mean, you know, it's really romantic at my age to have somebody want you that bad. And I was ready for a change, or I probably wouldn't have been so vulnerable."

The 'Kissing Con Man' allegedly ripped off men as well, by sucking them into phony business deals. At one time he had his own business set up on Washington Boulevard in Ogden. He persuaded a Clinton businessman to hand over $10,000 worth of clothes to be sold in his store under the name "Touch Of Italy," fashions by DeGeorgio. But the store closed and the clothes disappeared.

Det. Richard Murdock, Clinton Police Dept.: "It's very fascinating how a gentleman like this could talk this many people into doing what they've done for him."

Clinton police have also started looking into another potential case.

Det. Richard Murdock: "Another female that has been swindled out of money with promises of marriage."

Victim: “The old adage – ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.’”

Utah officials may have to wait in line. Upton is facing trials in several states where the ‘Kissing Con Man’ left a trail of victims. George Upton was arrested in California and will likely go on trial first in Oregon.

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