The Saturday Star reports that a female Cape Town entrepreneur and author (62) is now living on a R550 government grant after she lost R2 Million to a love swindler that she met on Facebook.
She is now also on various pills and tranquilisers and is trying to rebuild her businesses.
The recently divorced woman, who was not on any dating sites, met a man who called himself Craig Allen on Facebook, after he approached her claiming to be an Italian businessman.
The woman eventually transferred multiple amounts to the man into different bank accounts after he came up with different stories that convinced her that he was in trouble. She has never met him or talked to him on a video chat.
The two only communicated on email and whatsapp.
‘Allen’ claimed that he was in Italy on holiday when the woman transferred the money. However, a check at the Italian embassy revealed that Craig Allen did not exist.
Police investigations resulted in the arrest of Fortune Nomfusi (31), in Makhaza, Khayelitsha on charges of fraud and money laundering. He appeared in court on 24 January.
Nomfusi is out on R3000 bail and will be back in the Palm Ridge Specialized Criminal court on 25 March 2022.
Please read the full story in today’s Sartuday Star – 12 March 2022.