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Woman Gets Suspended Sentence For Facebook Crime

A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for being in possession of proceeds of a crime benefitted via Facebook communication. Natasha Nilma Singh, 24,
09 Nov 2016 11:13
Woman Gets Suspended Sentence For Facebook Crime

A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for being in possession of proceeds of a crime benefitted via Facebook communication.

Natasha Nilma Singh, 24, a student at the Fiji National University, was convicted at the Suva Magistrates Court last week for being in possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne reprimanded Singh saying that: “Trusting a person who you met through social media and your lack of judgement led you in to this situation.”

On December 7, 2012, Singh received into her account $72,128.74 from a Facebook friend, Steven Ham, who she thought would marry her mother and take her to the United States of America.

The money Ham sent to her was stolen from an Australian company and he had asked Singh to transfer this money to different accounts in South Africa.

Singh had transferred $7000 and the balance was kept in her account as well as her mother’s account.

Magistrate Somaratne told Singh the court considered her young age and past good behaviour so the main purpose for her sentence was to give her a chance to rehabilitate.



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