Woman conned by dating site scam guilty of money-laundering


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LONDON (AP) — A British woman who sent her life savings to a con man she met on an online dating site has been convicted of money-laundering for unwittingly passing money to him from other victims.

Sherroll Foster sent 65,000 pounds ($84,000) to a man she knew as Mark Hamilton. He said he was a businessman who needed extra money to release 4 million pounds in gold deposits in Ghana.

Foster drained her bank account, used credit cards and got loans to give him more cash. Eventually he persuaded her to transfer money from other women through her bank account.

Foster was charged after other victims went to the authorities. She admitted money-laundering at a court hearing Monday and was ordered to repay 3,500 pounds.

Police say "Mark Hamilton" has not been traced.

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