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North Lima woman blames romance scam for $70K theft from rod and gun club

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The treasurer of the Lowellville Rod and Gun Club told police she took $70,000 from the organization after falling victim to an online romance scam.

A judge in Struthers Municipal Court set bond at $150,000 for 41-year-old Lisa Doyle of North Lima who faces three counts of theft.

According to a report from Poland Township Police, Doyle told detectives that she met a man named “Eric Gray” on Instagram this past August.

She told investigators that after the two started an online relationship in September, “Gray” began asking her for money so he could come to visit her.

According to Doyle, after sending the money, “Gray” would always have an excuse as to why he couldn't come to see her and would ask for more money.

Doyle, who said she is on disability, used approximately $70,000 of the gun club's money to give to “Gray”, who told her he had set aside $1.25 million for her and would pay the money back with interest.

Doyle told detectives that she tried to obtain to the money “Gray” said he had set aside, but was denied access.

Police say Doyle was very upset and apologetic for her role in taking the money.

Doyle's confession came on December 19 after the president of the gun club reported to police that the money had been taken sometime between early September and mid-December.

Court records show the dates of the alleged crimes were October 15, October 15, and November 2, 2018.

Each of the theft charges is a fourth-degree felony.

According to its website, the Lowellville Rod & Gun Club on 100 acres along Quarry Road is among one of the oldest sportsman clubs in Ohio.

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