Others Wonder of Becoming Victims after Businessman Charged with Felony

Michael Erzfeld
Michael Erzfeld
Others Wonder of Becoming Victims after Businessman Charged with Felony
By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. - Cape County prosecutors accused a well-known local businessman of stealing from one of his customers.
They say 40-year-old Michael Erzfeld of Jackson is known in Cape and Perry counties as a wedding planner, realtor, and mortgage broker.  Now, Erzfeld faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing a man's credit card number and using it to go on a shopping spree.  Now, some of Erzfeld's other customers are wondering if they might be a victim too.
We've taken lots of calls and emails into our newsroom from concerned past and present clients of Michael Erzfeld.  They are checking and double checking their records wondering if they might be a victim too.
In fact, at least one couple is already in the process of filing a report.
One Cape Girardeau couple married in 2008 tells us Erzfeld planned their wedding and now they are dealing with some mysterious charges on a relative's credit card, much like what allegedly happened to Neil Conrad of Jackson.
Meanwhile, another man from Perry County Missouri says he and his fiance hired Erzfeld to plan their wedding this coming October.  He says he gave him $2900 in advance, and now he's worried about what happened to that money. 
Currently Erzfeld is only accused of stealing Neil Conrad's credit card number to buy $1100 worth of wine.  Conrad took a real estate course taught by Erzfeld three years ago.  Conrad can't believe it happened to him, but he warns it could happen to you.
"He wasn't my best friend or anything, but I knew him," said Conrad. "I didn't think this would happen here."
Conrad advises others to double check their financial information.  Meanwhile, Erzfeld has a court date set for December 23rd.