Woman Gets 5-year Jail Term After Stealing USD 87K Worth of Crypto in Dating App Scam
A South Korean woman who met a man on a smartphone chat app, drugged him, and stole USD 87,000 in crypto from his phone has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Per Newsis, the Suwon District Court heard how a 20-year-old woman (named by the court as A) met a man via an app and then arranged to meet him on June 10, 2021. In the early hours of June 11, the duo went to a “love motel” in Gyeonggi Province. The man, who is in his 40s and was named by the court as B, had told A about the scale of his crypto holdings during their conversation on the chat app platform.
But the court heard that A then proceeded to lace B’s drink with sleeping pills, before using his phone to transfer tokens from a smartphone-based crypto wallet to her own wallet.
EDaily reported that the smartphone in question was protected with a fingerprint sensor – but that A was able to press B’s finger against the sensor to unlock the device while he was unconscious.
When B regained consciousness, he confronted A, who then proceeded to threaten him with telling B’s family about the “sordid” nature of their encounter.
B proceeded to report the incident to the police – but A attempted to confuse the police officers who questioned her by claiming that B had in fact raped her, and had given her the crypto in an attempt to silence her.
The court and presiding judge Hwang In-seong found A guilty of robbery, threatening behavior, and injury, as well as violations of the Drug Management Act. She was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
The judge stated that the sentence was justified due to the fact that the amount of crypto holdings stolen was high, and that A had attempted to sow the seeds of confusion in the ensuing police investigation.
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