Her name is kept from us, but she is a disgrace, robbing lonely old men out of all their money, mind you she is on the pension collecting over $1500 a fortnight already. Three thousand dollars a month, but she wanted more for herself, over 2 million dollars she extracted from these old blokes with all sorts of bullshit lies. A real pro, 5 bank accounts, money laundering, online ads, newspapers, the sexy photos…Greedy disgusting person
Don’t think for a minute she was doing this for her kids. No the money spent on outrageously expensive hand bags, sports cars and plastic surgery and the like. Not things useful to her four children aged 2 to 16
Single mum on benefits accused of conning lovelorn men in their 60s and 70s out of $2m
May 30, 2014
- Mother of four, 39, was arrested yesterday in Miller
- Received $1500 a fortnight through social security
- Conned money from three men without meeting them
- Had a sexual relationship with another
- Two victims were in their 60s, two in their 70s
A SINGLE mother on benefits prowled lonely hearts messages online and in newspapers to “romance scam” more than $2 million from lovelorn men.
The 39-year-old woman was arrested yesterday at her Miller home in Sydney’s West and is understood to be the first person in Australia to be charged with the crime more commonly associated with Nigerian fraudsters.
The mother of four children, aged two to 16, received $1500 a fortnight in social security benefits. But she allegedly spent the proceeds from her romance fraud on sports cars, exotic holidays, Louis Vuitton handbags and plastic surgery.
She also allegedly bought a house in Miller, tore it down and built a new one.
Three of the men handed over money to the woman without even meeting her while one, an interstate businessman, had a sexual relationship with her at a north shore apartment that he owned.
“This woman was very good at convincing men that she was in love with them and that they were in a relationship,’’ said Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, the head of the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad.
Police will allege the woman had five bank accounts and spun a number of sob stories to the victims, which all ended in her needing them to put money in her bank accounts.
“She would tell the men that a relative in Egypt had died and she needed money to get the funds released from the state or her child needed an operation in Melbourne,’’ Detective Katsogiannis said.
“We will allege she used a number of these stories to play on the men’s good nature and emotions.’’
Police will also claim she laundered the money by buying expensive cars and then selling them at a loss.
One victim was allegedly duped of $1.9 million and the other three gave over $190,000, $58,000 and $12,000. Two of the men were aged in their 60s and another two were in their 70s. Police believe the woman could have many more victims.
“This sort of scam is often operated from overseas and we believe this is the first time anyone has been charged with doing it in Australia,” Detective Katsogiannis said.
“The men who have come forward are to be commended. It takes a lot of courage to report something potentially very embarrassing.’’
Police froze more than a $1 million in cash and assets and yesterday seized cars from the woman’s home.
“We live in a world where love has grown cold, loneliness is increasing,” Detective Katsogiannis said.