When a 71-year-old Florida widow donated her husband’s clothes to the Ocala Ritz Veterans Village, a residence for homeless military veterans, she met 55-year-old Louie Malone McGowin. The two began to date and McGowin began to defraud her.
According to Florida Detective T.J. Watts, McGowin had swindled more than $200,000 in cash and vehicles from the widow. McGowin told the woman $60,000 was for compensation he would have earned at a job her son blocked McGowin from getting. McGowin also claimed he needed money for a daughter he didn’t have.
Local officials said McGowin has more than a dozen felony convictions in Florida and Georgia — many for fraud.
Man accused of defrauding Ocala woman arrested, from Ocala.com