Feb 7, 2023

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Court shows mercy to online dating scammer who took advantage of ‘lover’

A man involved in an online dating scam was sentenced on Monday to a seven-year prison sentence, fully suspended, on charges of fraud and racketeering.

The Alexandra District Court handed it down Verdict against Chinedu Jonathan Madueka He pleaded guilty to extorting $800 from a male – whose identity cannot be revealed – whom he met on an online dating site.

Madueka was born on Arrested 14 May.

“The applicant was under the impression that he was with a woman since Madueka was pretending to be Italian,” said National Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane.< /p>

She said the relationship escalated to a point where the defendant requested an exchange of nude photos and videos.

“The complainant undertook, and after Madueka obtained the complainant’s pictures had received , he revealed his gender and demanded payment, while threatening to post the nude photos on social media platforms,” ​​Mjonondwane said.


Prosecutor Lufuno Godfrey Maphiri argued that the The defendant misrepresented himself and took advantage of the applicant’s feelings. He asked the court to send a strong message that online fraud against innocent and unsuspecting individuals will not be tolerated.

“The applicant was satisfied that Madueka pleaded guilty and returned the money extorted from him .” said Mjonondwane.

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