OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- An Ogden woman, along with at least eight other women in several states, was taken for everything by the man they all married, police said.
George Washington Upton was known by Eva Moffat as Dominique Digiorgio and other wives knew him by other names.
Upton is wanted in several states, and has had convictions in at least seven states for such crimes as forgery, bigamy and swindling.
Upton is believed to have three wives in Oregon, three in Washington, one in Idaho and two in Utah. The other Utah woman lives in Sandy. There also may be a wife in California.
"These women fall in love with him, and he takes them for everything and leaves town," Ogden Police Sgt. Doug Lucero told the Standard-Examiner.
"With (Moffat's case) he says he's from Italy and he's an investor. He's really a con artist. ... There may be more wives out there we don't know about yet."
Lucero said Moffat met Upton as a pen pal when he was serving nine years in the Idaho State Prison for felony grand theft. On April 3, 2003, two weeks after being released from prison, Upton married Moffat in Palm Springs, Calif.
Moffat declined to be interviewed by the Standard-Examiner.
According to a police report, Upton told Moffat that he is from Texas, but he actually was born in California. He claimed to have a law degree but doesn't. He claimed to own cattle in Texas but doesn't.
After gaining the trust of these women, he begins meticulously taking everything that belongs to them and gets them to unknowingly take on payments for elaborate cars and vacations.
In all, Upton allegedly bilked Moffat for about $170,000.
Moffat took out a second mortgage on her home to help Upton open a business in Ogden, "A Taste of Italy," the police report said.
Moffat also had rental property in Mesquite, Nev., where she kept most of her personal property. She later found out that Upton auctioned off all that property.
"He's apparently pretty smooth and makes these women fall in love with him," Lucero said. "After that, he takes them for everything they're worth before leaving town. The women never hear from him again."
That's what happened in Moffat's case. She simply stopped hearing from him.
Since he is wanted in several other states, it's likely Utah would have to wait to try him, if he is caught.
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