Woman Who Authorized Bank Account Use For Online Romance Scam Received Suspended Sentence
A WOMAN who authorized the use of her bank account for an online romance scam has received a suspended sentence.
Lisa Ann Simpson (42) from Orchard Street in Belfast, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting charges of possession and amalgamation of criminal property.
Belfast Crown Court has heard the accusations dating back to December 2017.
Calling Simpson a “money mule”, Judge Donna McColgan QC said the online romance scam was “sinister” and resulted in a man in England cheating £ 38,000.
She continued: “Fortunately for him, his bank has repaid some £ 28,000 of this money, but it is still in the range of £ 10,000.”
“The offenses took place in 2017 and Miss Simpson’s bank account was used to facilitate this fraud.”
During her arrest in 2018, Simpson argued that she was acting under duress.
After passing the suspended sentence, Judge McColgan spoke to Simpson, who appeared via video link with his lawyer’s office.
The judge told him, “If you commit offenses in the next two years and you go to this court, that sentence will be treated differently.
When asked “is this understood?” “, Simpson replied” yes, absolutely “.