Paphos district court Tuesday remanded for eight days a 35-year-old Nicosia woman suspected of obtaining money under false pretences.
The woman is accused of deceiving dozens of unsuspecting victims by promising them products and services. Police say she took advance payments on vehicles and cruises by presenting herself as the representative of a company which proved to be non-existent.
According to the investigating officer, Kyriakos Pericles, the woman, who was arrested around noon on Monday, managed to come in contact with a large number of her victims through acquaintances. She presented herself to Paphos buyers as a representative of a general trading and shipping company which could supply cars and in one case a tractor.
The alleged offences were committed on several occasions during the period from December 2015 to June 2016.
Pericles said other victims gave various amounts of money to the suspect who recruited them as security guards, promising to secure licences while charging them for participating in specialised seminars which she said would take place in Greece.
Trusting Paphites parted with downpayments for cruises she offered at preferential prices, police said.
They say they have identified at least 20 victims who lost at least €50,000 between them.
One man gave her €23,400 to import four double cabin pick-up trucks while another entrusted her to the tune of €13,700 to import batteries for his business.
The case came to light after some of those duped contacted the police after not receiving the goods or services despite repeated demands being made to the woman.
The 35 year-old was originally arrested by Limassol CID and remanded for four days in connection with cheating people in the seaside city by again promising security work in the port after saying they would attend seminars in Greece.
The investigator told the court that similar complaints have been made to the authorities by citizens from other towns and cities around the island.