22-year-old admits cheating woman out of $75,000

April 23, 2017 | By More

A 22-year-old has admitted manipulating and deceiving an older woman into giving her over $75,000, and then spending the money on clothing, makeup, alcohol, concerts, accommodation, and flights.

The police summary of facts said Ngahemo Wells met the victim at a volunteer centre in 2015, and started asking her for money in 2016.

Wells freely admitted she manipulated and deceived the woman into making 22 financial transactions, either by cash or bank account transfers, amounting to $75,547, the summary said.

She was charged with obtaining the money by deception.

Defence counsel Tom Smedley said Wells was willing to make reparation payments to the victim, and she had told him she had drug addiction issues.

Christchurch District Court Judge Gary MacAskill continued an order suppressing the fraud victim’s name, and denied the request for the suppression of Wells’ name. He remanded her on bail for sentencing on July 5.

He ordered a pre-sentence report including a report on Wells’ suitability for a home detention sentence, and an alcohol and drug report.


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