Women facing scam charges




TWO women allegedly lured wealthy men with promises of sex and blackmailed them into paying thousands of dinars after taking nude pictures.

The Egyptians, aged in their 30s, met their victims in clubs across Manama, got them drunk and took them back to their apartment where they would tell them to take their clothes off.

They secretly took pictures of the businessmen, who were all married, using their mobile phones.

The women then threatened to post nude pictures and videos of their victims on the Internet if they did not pay them.

They appeared at the Lower Criminal Court yesterday, where they pleaded not guilty to embezzlement.

Prosecutors said the women embezzled BD20,000 from one Indian businessman, who they met in a hotel in Manama in March.

The victim reported the incident to authorities when the suspects refused to give him original copies of the pictures.

He co-operated with police to arrange a sting operation to arrest the women, who were reportedly in the process of extorting money from another businessman.

During a raid of the women’s flat police found multiple nude pictures of Asian men on their mobile phones, which have been presented to the court as evidence.

One of the women told prosecutors they started the scam to make easy money.

“We decided to get money the easy way,” the 34-year-old said in her statement to the Public Prosecution.

“So, we targeted the rich Asian businessmen we met in bars and hotels.

“We would go to apartments with them and get them drunk. “We told them to take off all their clothes and took photos of them naked. “After we leave them we would call the next day and order them to pay thousands of dinars, or else we will publish their pictures online and shame them. “We previously made BD40,000 from different customers.” Defence lawyer Sami Thalem yesterday requested the release of his clients, which was rejected by the court. The trial was adjourned to July 24 to cross-examine the victim. noorz@gdn.com.bh

Source: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=380880

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