A Grand Island man who catfished three women out of more than $300,000 under the assumption that he would set up households with each of them was sentenced Wednesday in State Supreme Court to an indeterminate three to nine years in prison.

Eric Marshall, 42, met two of his victims online and began what each woman thought would be an exclusive relationship. One woman sent Marshall $700 a month for what she thought was her share of a home purchase with him. She also gave him money for clothes and other expenses, according to prosecutors.

Marshall reportedly operated his scam between July 2009 and July 2016.

The second woman paid Marshall $1,500 a month, loaned him money and paid $8,000 to fix a fake water leak in their nonexistent home, an investigation showed. The third woman also gave Marshall money for a house she thought they were buying together.

Catfish is real and in our backyard be careful on that online dating.

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