Grace Akintaro, 24, posed as a woman called Amanda Jenson and chatted online to seven men who believed they may have found love and said to have collected over £100,000 in an online dating scam is facing jail,
she is said to convinced her victims to send money for travel and expenses, but she then gave excuses for pulling out of face-to-face meetings. At Woolwich crown court yesterday, Akintaro, from Greenwich, pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud by false representation on the first day of her trial. .
“I was naive and used by this person I was in love with.” also Co-defendant Victoria Nwogu, 22, also from Greenwich, was cleared of the frauds but appeared in the dock with Akintaro where she admitted laundering £3,490 from the scam. .
Ms Akintaro carried out the scam between August 2014 and December 2015. Judge Nicholas Heathcote Williams QC said the men had suffered “psychologically and financially” once they discovered they had been conned.
According to report Akintaro made at least 16 trips to the bank to withdraw money sent by the men, total of £104,962. However, the court heard she only had a £5,000 Renault Clio and a few hundred pounds left, claiming the rest of money was passed on to others in the scheme. The prosecution offered no evidence against Nwogu for now.