American author Mitchell Gross was indicted for allegedly scamming women he met on an online Jewish dating service.
Gross, 61, of Marietta, Ga., pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges when he was arraigned late last week in federal court in Atlanta, according to reports.
He has written novels under the pen name Mitchell Graham that include a trilogy of fantasy fiction books, The Fifth Ring
, The Emerald Cavern
and The Ancient Legacy
In 2006, according to the indictment, Gross met two women on an unnamed online Jewish dating service and bilked them out of $4.4 million, convincing them to invest in a fake company he set up.