A wealthy Florida chiropractor thought she was dating Mets ace Pedro Martinez, but the lovelorn back cracker wound up being scammed out of almost $1 million.Dr. Rhonda Schroeder says she was fleeced by Shirley Gordon, a career con woman who enlisted two male pals to pose as the superstar pitcher.
Schroeder, 34, is suing the imprisoned grifter to get back some of the cash she splurged in an effort to keep her bogus boyfriend happy, the St. Petersburg Times reported yesterday.
The phony romance started in January 2005 when Schroeder went on a date set up by Gordon with a man she believed to be Martinez, prosecutors said.
Much later, Schroeder identified a photo of the man – who turned out to be Kenneth Day (above), an ex-boyfriend of Gordon’s, prosecutors said. Day, who has not been charged in the case, bears a resemblance to the eight-time All Star pitcher, although he has a scar above his left eye, the newspaper said. Martinez has no such mark.
That led to a cyber-courtship that went on for months, only this time Gordon’s jailbird boyfriend, Greg Buchanan, allegedly was playing Martinez.
If this case and the recent Ben Roethlisberger impersonation are anything to go, I might as well start telling women my name’s Robert Redford (the Craig Finn scam wasn’t nearly as lucractive as I’d have liked).
(UPDATE : some heavy background on Shirley Gordon from the St. Petersburg Times)