‘Sweetheart Swindler’ pleads guilty to larceny charges

Posted at 5:54 PM, May 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-15 18:11:34-04

Jeffery Lucas Mugshot

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A 34-year-old Muskegon man accused of conning several women out of thousands of dollars pleaded guilty Friday in Muskegon County Circuit Court.

According to Muskegon County Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat, Jeffery Lee Lucas, the ‘Sweetheart Swindler,’ pleaded guilty to two counts of felony larceny by false pretenses.   Lucas is a fourth-time habitual offender and faces a maximum of life in prison.

Maat said all 19 of Lucas’ victims will be allowed to participate in his sentencing and restitution hearing.  He fled the state and was arrested in Florida before being brought back to Michigan in January to face charges.

A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.