Con-Man Gets Prison for Romancing and Swindling 2 Women

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling two New York women out of roughly $400,000.

Paul Francois was convicted in February on grand theft and fraud charges. He had faced up to 90 years in prison.

At his sentencing Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court, Francois said he planned to pay the women back.

Authorities said Francois convinced one woman to sell her New York home, move to Florida and open a joint bank account that he secretly cleaned out.

Meanwhile, he was opening another joint bank account with another woman. Authorities said he emptied that account while promising to marry and buy a house with her.

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