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Victim of suspected career con man: 'He's so convincing'

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Danny Wold Danny Wold

He's only been out of prison for eight months, but police say a 73-year-old career con man is at it again.

Since September, Portland police believe Nick Kasemehas has scammed five local victims out of a total of $148,000.

He's been called the "Casanova Con Man" and was arrested in Portland back in 2008. His criminal history dates back to 1962.

After serving time behind bars, detectives said he met one of his latest victims at the Grand Hotel in Salem. After a few months, that victim said Kasemehas got him to hand over thousands of dollars.

"He goes, 'I like you kid,' and reached in his pocket and pulled out a wad of money, which he always had on him, and he hands me $2,000," said Danny Wold.

That is Wold's first memory of Kasemehas.

Wold had just started a shuttle service and Kasemehas hired him to drive to appointments around Salem, Albany and Portland.

Kasemehas claimed to be a retired defense attorney who was doing pro bono work in the area. Wold said they became fast friends and went to lunch all over town.

"He would joke with the waitresses and flash money around and tip them 50 to 100 bucks," Wold said.

Wold said Kasemehas would leave him voicemail messages in a jovial tone all the time.

"OK Danny, pick up the phone. Quick lollygagging, we got to be on top of things today. Thank you very much," said one message Wold played for FOX 12.

A few months ago, Wold said Kasemehas offered him the chance to supposedly make extra money by investing in his loan company.

"He said, 'Do you happen to have any money laying around you'd like to invest?'" Wold said. "And I said, 'Yeah, I have some money I inherited from my dad.'"

Wold's dad passed away three years ago.

Wold gave Kasemehas a check for more than $10,000.

He received a few hundred dollars back over the next two months, but then Kasemehas disappeared with all of his money.

"He's so convincing and he's so, now that I look in hindsight, he knows how to work on every emotion," Wold said.

Wold said it was his choice to hand over the money and he'll have to learn to live with the loss. He said he's coming forward now to expose Kasemehas and hopefully protect the next potential victim.

According to investigators, Kasemehas' criminal history extends to San Francisco, Utah, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and many other smaller cities.

Kasemehas is described as a white man, 5'9" tall, 175 pounds, with brown eyes and gray-brown hair.

Detectives noted he is also in very good physical shape.

Kasemehas is also believed to have an expensive daily cigar habit, police said.

If you see him, call 911.

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