I am a widow. Lost my husband to 9/11 terror attacks in New York. He made it out of the collapsed building but he later died because of heavy dust and smoke and he was asthmatic.
THOSE ARE THE words, not of a bereaved wife, but of a scammer who helped launder money from vulnerable victims until police tracked her down almost two years ago.
She was jailed in London this week.
Patricia Wutaan, 55, wrote the scripts used by so-called romance scammers, and planned to provide them with false IDs.
On 10 December last, she pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering and two counts of possession of articles for use in fraud at Southwark Crown Court. She will spend two years in prison, a judge ruled on Friday.
Police, with the help of Interpol, were able to track down one of her victims – a man in his 70s living in Switzerland.
Once he was identified, a German-speaking Met Police officer contacted him. The elderly man told how he had been approached by someone using a woman’s profile on a dating website.
Once she gained his trust, she convinced him to hand over money to help her free up funds from her late father’s estate.
The victim transferred a total of £70,000 to a number of bank accounts – including £29,267 to Wutaan’s – over the course of a few months.
Financial investigators determined that she had received three payments from the man during two weeks in January 2014.