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Lady Cons Seven Men out of Over £100,000, Faces Jail

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Grace Akintaro (left) and Victoria Nwogu | Photo Credit: Met Police

One Grace Akintaro, 24 is facing jail-term in the UK after she was convicted of fraud by false representation, having conned seven men out of over £100,000 in an elaborate romance scam

She pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud at Woolwich crown court on Monday, stating that someone masterminded the whole fraud.

“I was naive and used by this person I was in love with,” she said.

She was charged alongside one Victoria Nwogu, 22, who confessed to laundering £3,490 from the scam. She was however cleared when the prosecution offered no evidence against her.

Grace posed as a woman named Amanda Jenson and persuaded the men, who thought they had found love, to loan her travel expenses for meetings that never happened.

The fraud took place between August 2014 and December 2015, prosecutors said.

One victim gave her some of the insurance payout he’d received following his wife’s death, while another handed her more than £46,000. She chatted with the men online, and spoke to at least two of them on the phone

The court heard that Grace made at least 16 trips to the bank to withdraw the money sent by the men. She was however found with a couple of hundred pounds and a £5,000 Renault Clio. She said the remaining money was shared among other members in the fraud.

According to prosecutor Kevin Dent, “There would have to be a female involved and that was Miss Akintaro. She may not have been at the top of this, but played a role over a period of time.”

“These were romance frauds and the fact I am ordering a pre-sentence report is no indication as to the sentence. There is a real prospect she will go to prison,” Judge Nicholas Heathcote Williams QC told Grace, adding that the men had suffered psychologically and financially.

“They were expecting to get their money back, they thought they were loaning the money,” he said.

Four of the victims reported to the police in 2014 after finding out that they had been conned. Following investigation, detectives discovered three other victims, adding that there may be more.

Source: Evening Standard

12 Comments

  1. Jay

    June 14, 2017 at 5:04 am

    It must have been love but it’s over now, it must have been good but she lost it somehow ??

  2. Itsjusme

    June 14, 2017 at 6:58 am

    What’s the point of living the fast life ? And when it catches up with you, you want sympathy. What is £100k ? And you still had to split the money lol. Meanwhile ur age mates are finding other legitimate ways to make money. Silly girl.

  3. MrsO

    June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    These ladies are 22 and 24 respectively but are looking like aunty gwegs

  4. Fabian

    June 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Too bad for her, £100k is not worth it at all. There are numerous legitimate ventures she can get into instead of fraud. We should never allow the pressure of society influence us thereby depriving us of mental sanity.

  5. nene+

    June 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Energetic women in their 20sss??? This is pathetic!
    You got visas or permits to London to drag Nigeria to the mud? Shame on you.
    All you who destroy Nigeria name shall not go unpunished. Wanna be Riffraff’s!

  6. Paul Adeyemo

    June 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Gender equality/equity in action. Feminism at its best. Hope they will be given jail term commensurate to the crime like their male counterparts. Like the lonely, unmarriageble feminist on BN will say, a woman is equal to s man

    • Mystique

      June 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

      “Like the lonely, unmarriageble feminist on BN will say, a woman is equal to s man”………you actually typed this???? lonely and marriageable? really? I choose not to say exactly what’s on my mind bcos the “OLOWOGBOGBORO” is all I’m about 24/7 so God bless you Paul.

    • Mystique

      June 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

      *lonely and unmarriageable* typo

    • nnenne

      June 15, 2017 at 1:34 am

      ….And Mr. Paul, she is not Igbo, the tribe you love to hate. Crime has no state of origin!!!!

  7. AceOfSpades

    June 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This ladies are innocent I am sure. Naija boys in London look for young girls to help them get the fraud proceeds through their banks and this girls too will jump at free money. When someone offers you 20% of the money that’s deposited into your account, is that not suspicious but no they don’t see I see it that way.

    The way fraud criminals are caught everywhere is through the ‘follow the money’ rule. If the money is followed, they end at your bank and put all the crime on you. BE wise ladies

  8. Rose

    June 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Ages 22 & 24?! In which parallel universe??

  9. nnenne

    June 15, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Am surprised no one mentioned that she is Yoruba! God forbid if she is Igbo!!!

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