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A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of fraud after persuading naive men to send her thousands of dollars by posing as a young woman, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Now, the 48-year-old woman who set up fake profiles on a dating website and conned seven victims out of thousands of dollars, has been given an eighteen month sentence suspended for two years when she appeared before the Grimsby Crown Court.
Jane Deans pleaded guilty to seven charges of fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing.
Deans admitted that she set up a fake profile in the name of Nikki O'Brian, and claimed to be a slim and beautiful 24-year-old trainee nurse with personal problems and financial difficulties.
The men responded and sent her money, totaling over 34,000 pounds ($52,231), which Nikki directed to be paid into her aunt's account, which in fact belonged to Deans.
CPS Crown Advocate Jeremy Evans said: “Deans mercilessly took advantage of her victims and conned them out of thousands of dollars in the process.
"This case highlights the dangers of Internet use - never offer money to those you meet on the Internet - things may not be always as they seem, as this case all too clearly demonstrates.”