Cyprus Mail

Woman to face trial over internet fraud (updated)

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A 36-year-old woman who was arrested on Monday for internet fraud, securing money under false pretences and money laundering was released on Tuesday pending trial on November 23.

However, as her arrest followed an extradition to the island from Romania, which is currently in category C, she is now in quarantine at the Eden Resort Rehabilitation Centre in Tersefanou for two weeks, police told Cyprus Mail.

The fraud she is accused of was allegedly committed in 2018, against a company based in Larnaca, which reported the incident on October 31 the same year.

The company told police it purchased kitchenware and hotel equipment online, from a supplier based in China.

For the purchase of the goods, the Cypriot company transferred the amount of €13,745 to a bank account in the UK, as requested by email.

It was then discovered that both the bank account to which the transfer was made as well as the e-mail the Cypriot company received did not belong to the supplier.

An investigation carried out by Larnaca police in collaboration with the UK authorities found that the beneficiary of the suspicious bank account was the 36-year-old woman.

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