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UPDATE: Online romancer pleads to burglary charge

Posted: September 23, 2013 1:35 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2013 4:40 p.m.

This photo provided by the SCV Sheriff's Station shows Jeffrey Scott Elvington.

A Saugus man arrested for stealing from woman after romancing them online pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Monday and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Jeffrey Scott Elvington, 40, entered his plea to a single charge of burglary in San Fernando Superior Court following his arrest Sept. 9 on a grand theft charge, a court clerk said.

It was the second time this year Elvington pleaded to a reduced charge in connection with stealing from women he met online and the third time he was arrested in connection with such charges, but it will be the first time he will serve a sentence.

Elvington was originally arrested on Valentine’s Day for stealing from women he met online.

A month later he entered a plea of no contest to one felony count of second-degree commercial burglary, one felony count of grand theft and one felony count of theft. He received a suspended sentence and three years’ probation.

In June he was arrested a second time by deputies claiming he was running the same scam, but he was later released and no charges were filed.

During a news conference in June, detectives said Elvington duped women he met online by assuming aliases.

“Some of the victims have told us he makes up elaborate professions and lifestyles, calling himself a celebrity chef to the stars or a special forces or CIA agent or with special forces in the military,” Deputy Josh Dubin said during a news conference in June seeking more victims.

More women did come forward as requested and said they were victims, leading to Elvington’s re-arrest earlier this month.
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