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Cranston Woman Arrested for Allegedly Scamming $95K From Conn. Man

Police: “sex for money” relationship turned into a scam where Waterford man lost $95,000.

A Cranston woman was arrested this week for allegedly scamming $95,000 from a Waterford man she was reportedly having a “sex for money” relationship with.

Waterford Police arrested Melissa Cullen, 45, of 34 Briarbrooke Lane, Cranston, on a charge of first-degree larceny and second-degree larceny after she allegedly scammed Waterford’s Chester Lickwola out of $95,000. She told Lickwola she was using the money to start a Westerly business, but instead spent it on elective surgery, liquor, tanning, shows, limousines and a $1,000 dog, among other things, according to police.

Lickwola and Cullen were allegedly having a “sex for money” relationship before Cullen asked for the $95,000 to fund a business that never existed, according to police. Cullen has since posted $200,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on December 18th.

According to an arrest warrant written by Waterford Police Det. John Davis, Lickwola found Cullen through an “adult-orientated personal ad” on Craigslist.com and began e-mailing her in the summer and fall of 2010. In an interview with police, Cullen said the two eventually met and began to have a “sex for money” relationship. Cullen was married, but her husband Steve was okay with the arrangement and actually encouraged her affairs, according to Davis’ report.

In December of 2010, Cullen told Lickwola that she wanted to start a business in Westerly, RI, and asked him to back it financially, according to the report. Lickwola obliged, giving her $60,000 on Dec. 14, 2010 and another $35,000 in January 2011, according to the report.

After he gave her the money, Lickwola noticed the “communication began to dwindle” between him and Cullen, according to Davis’ report. He began to wonder if it was a scam, and found she had moved to Cranston without his knowledge, according to the report. On June 21, 2012, Lickwola came to the Waterford Police Department and made a formal complaint, according to the report.

Police executed a search warrant on Cullen’s account and found $95,000 had been moved from Lickwola’s account to Cullen’s, according to the report. They also found she spent nearly all of the money, and “none of the expenditures would appear to be related to those costs normally associated with a business start-up,” according to the report. Instead, the money was spent on liquor, a $1,000 dog, elective surgery, tanning and other luxuries, according to Davis’ report.

On Oct. 18, 2012, police interviewed Cullen at her home in Cranston, RI. Cullen said she used the money to hire an architect, a lawyer and to buy building materials, but could produce no evidence of any of that, according to Davis’ report. When police contacted the lawyer and architect Cullen said she contacted, they said they had brief conversations with her months before Lickwola gave her the money, according to the report.

First-degree larceny is a Class B felony and second-degree larceny is a Class C felony. Cullen is set to appear in New London Superior Court on December 18th.

Kimberly Manchester December 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I believe prostitution is illegal on both sides of the transaction. Why was the guy who got "scammed" not arrested, too? He admitted to the crime...
Vinnie B. December 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM
She wasn't arrested for prostitution. She was arrested for stealing $95,000 from Lickwola. Larceny: The unauthorized taking and removal of the Personal Property of another by an individual who intends to permanently deprive the owner of it; a crime against the right of possession.
Kimberly Manchester December 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I know that; your missing the point, which is that they guy ADMITTED to committing a crime and was not charged with anything!
Tony Soprano December 19, 2012 at 04:05 AM
The guy got what he deserved, 95k for a business and he doesn't even ask for a plan, a tax ID, or bank account?
little person January 27, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Hahaha.amusing.ive met this woman. Stunning, intelligent, persuasive yes. But if someone asks u for cash for any reason, u don't sign any contracts and hand it over, that's not stealing. So she didn't use it for what he thought she would? Really? Almost a year and ur just now thinking its a scam? Keep it real old man... ur high end call girl no longer wanted to keep up her end of the exchange and u whined to the cops. At 45, Melissa looks no older than 28. This 60 yr old guy really thought she didn't have alterior motives when they met? Ppl r so delusional.
little person January 27, 2013 at 03:06 AM
And as miss Manchester above pointed out. ..why is it ok for this man to admit he had an ongoing illegal relationship with someone? It's like the crack head snitching on the dealer and only the dealer goes to jail. Despite the crackheads illegal drug use and possession! America. Gimme a brk. This is disgusting and obviously misconstrued. Men:stop making it easy for women to use u, then wonder why u keep attracting gold diggers. And pls don't send a wife and mother to jail becuz ur lust and dumb judgment caused u to look as stupid as u r.what was the part about her moving without telling him? How'd he find out where she moved to so fast? Doesn't sound like she was hiding. Maybe she just didn't think it was her sugar daddy's biznis where her fam was moving. And she didn't leave the state. I think Melissa only crime is being a spoiled princess with killer looks that the avg man would volunteer to be used by. Two sides to every story. Just my opinion.
Thumper January 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM
She knew what her intentions were right from the start. She took advantage of him and whats to say he was her first victim. As for her husband, who was well aware of what was going on and allowed it anyway. Im sure he enjoyed the benefits of her scam. I know the poor gentleman who was victimized by this so called lady and if you knew him you would realize he was taken advantaged of by this woman. Shame on her.
Kimberly Manchester February 01, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Thumper comes right out and admits that she knows this "poor gentleman", thus pointing out that his/her view is not exactly a disinterested one. I find the use of the word "gentleman" to be a misnomer; a man who pays for sex is not a "gentleman" in my book!
Hawk March 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I'm not sure he ever admitted an illegal relationship. He admitted perusing the adult personals... There are no ads for prostitution on craigslist! they banned them after the masseuse murderer case up in Quincy. If you are posting for prostitution on craigslist your deception starts with the ad because you would have to misstate your intent in the ad or it would be removed. It was the woman who alleged their relationship was that of a sex for money agreement not the guy from CT. You can suppose his intent but, I haven't read anywhere where it states he admitted to engaging in prostitution.
Hawk March 28, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Oh and she lied about the architect, the lawyer, and the online legal documents and had no proof of any of it... I mean seriously... So, a con artist calls and old lady and scams her out of her retirement money by selling her a line of crap and a worthless something or another and it is the poor old lady's fault?? That poor old guy was lonely and looking for something in the wrong place. Bad judgement? yes! Punishable by $95k? NO!!! They were seeing each other for MONTHS before she asked for the money. Then she had trouble with her business and played this guy and abused his trust to get her out of it. Then, simply squandered his money! That is real trash people! Oh and the user/pusher analogy above...the user is an addict with a serious problem and the pusher capitalizes on the users weaknesses for a monetary gain. YES! the pusher should go down and the user should get help, they have already been stripped of dignity, finances and wherever else their addition ruined. Al the while the dealer is driving expensive cars and whatever else...
Dawn Evans June 11, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I agree with "Little Person" as far as; if he was stupid enough to give her that kind of money without any proof of said business then he got what he deserved. Why didn't he have her sign a simple loan paper if nothing else? I'll bet wifey found out and this is the outcome......
Dawn Evans June 11, 2013 at 09:24 PM
That's to confirm she's a whore, in case you just thought she was just a gold digger. Mr Lustwola wants to hurt her any way he can; if he loses his $ he wants to make sure everyone thinks she's a prostitute as well.... Ps I made a comment on this article and mistaking lay thought Lustwola was married as well , he is not I was mistaken. Sorry for that.....

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