When Henry J. Corder Jr. created an online dating profile in early 2012, the 59-year-old Erie resident might have said he was looking for love.

What Corder really wanted, federal authorities said, was money.

He found lots of it.

Over three years, from February 2012 to April 2015, Corder scammed a Massachusetts woman he met on an online dating site out of $550,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Corder, now 67, pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in Erie to two of the seven charges included in an indictment issued in May 2017. He will be sentenced on Oct. 4 before Senior U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone, who accepted the plea.

Corder, who is free on an unsecured bond of $10,000, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of wire fraud and using the stolen money to engage in monetary transactions, including paying off his mortgage and buying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and two cars, including a $30,500 2010 Chevy Camaro.

A 67-year-old Erie man pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in Erie to defrauding a Massachusetts woman of $550,000 after he met her via an Internet dating service.

The…

Read more…