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Accused 'Dine and Dash Dater' Enters Plea

Paul Gonzales allegedly walked out on the bill with multiple women
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2018 1:45 PM CDT
A stock photo of a bill at a restaurant.   (Getty/milkos)

(Newser) – A California man accused of meeting multiple women for dinner dates and then slipping away without paying the bill has pleaded not guilty. Paul Gonzales entered the plea on Friday in Los Angeles County where the 45-year-old stands charged with four felony extortion counts after two theft charges were dismissed, per CBS News. These charges come in addition to 10 others Gonzales pleaded not guilty to late last month, Fox News reports. Gonzalez made national headlines after being dubbed the "Dine and Dash Dater" for his alleged use of apps like Bumble to target women he'd meet and dine with before vanishing. Eight women were left with bills totaling more than $950, while restaurants picked up the check in two other cases, reports NBC Los Angeles. If convicted, Gonzales faces 16 years behind bars. (Read more dating stories.)

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