Woman gets prison for stealing €1.1 million for African love interest

Police guard in a detention center
Police guard in a detention centerPhoto: Politie

A 51-year-old woman from Rotterdam was sentenced to 15 months in prison, five of which conditionally suspended, by the court in The Hague on Tuesday. She was found guilty of fraud. She stole 1.1 million euros from her employer and transferred this full amount to the foreign bank account of her online love interest, NU.nl reports.

The Rotterdam woman met and got to know her African love interest on Facebook. They never met in person, but she fell in love with him. The man asked her to transfer money for various calamities. She transferred all her savings to him, borrowed money from the bank and stole from her employeer. 

Between January 2015 and December 2017, the woman regularly had the company she worked for pay the amounts of invoinces into her own account or that of her ex-partner. This happened once to three times per week. In this way she managed to defraud her employer for more than 1.1 million euros over a preiod of nearly three years. Her ex-partner was not aware of the fraud.

At the time, the woman had been woring at the company for over 30 years. The past years she worked as an adminstrative assistant.