LINCOLN — A trial date of March 26 has been set for a pair accused of scamming two people out of $400,000 in a scheme involving gold coins and gold bars.

But that trial date is subject to be moved because the two accused, Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell, remain the main persons of interest in the disappearance and death of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe, whose body was discovered Dec. 4 in a marshy area of rural Clay County.

On Monday, Boswell, 23, entered a not-guilty plea in U.S. District Court to 13 new fraud indictments handed down last week by a federal grand jury. Because of the inclement weather, Boswell was allowed to appear in court about two hours early so she could be returned to jail in Saline County.

Trail, 51, is being held at a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on the new indictments.

Trail, an ex-con originally from Tennessee, has said he expects that he and Boswell, a native of Leon, Iowa, will be indicted in Loofe’s death. Trail described Boswell as his girlfriend in an interview with the World-Herald.

Loofe, a clerk at a Lincoln Menards store, arranged a couple of dates with Boswell via an Internet dating site, Tinder, authorities have said. Loofe disappeared on Nov. 16, shortly after one of those dates.

Trail has said that he and Boswell made a lot of money trading in antiques. In December, a Hiawatha, Kansas, antiques dealer said he was cooperating with the FBI in an investigation of thefts involving the pair. That led to an indictment against Trail and Boswell for transporting stolen goods across state lines.

The latest indictments span 13 alleged scams from May 2016 to November 2017. The indictments allege that Trail, under the assumed name of “Alan Russell,” persuaded the two victims to become partners in the purchase of gold coins. In the alleged scheme, Boswell falsely portrayed herself as a broker in the transaction.

Court records indicate that Trail and Boswell traveled to Kansas several times to obtain money and property from the two victims, identified only as “M.E.” and “B.E.,” to facilitate purchases. Losses by the victims eventually grew to $400,000.

The initial theft charge was scheduled for a trial Feb. 12. Attorneys for Trail and Boswell asked Monday for a later trial date due to the expanded charges and because statements provided by Trail to Lincoln police and the FBI had not yet been transcribed.

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