Five people deny taking part in alleged dating website scam

Winchester Crown Court
Winchester Crown Court

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FIVE people charged in connection with an alleged internet dating website scam have denied taking part in a conspiracy to commit fraud.

In total five men and one woman are each accused of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation by creating a false, alias profile on match.com to obtain money by deception.

The charges follow a lengthy investigation into an alleged scam in which women were asked to hand over significant amounts of cash after meeting men online on the dating website.

Police have said there are alleged victims across England.

The six are accused of conspiracy to commit fraud by using a false alias to create a fictitious profile on match.com and maintaining contact with those contacted to make gains by receiving money transfers from them.

Monty Emu, 28, and Eberechi Ekpo, 26, from Southsea, Brooke Boston, 28, of Titchfield, Chukwuka Ugwu, 28, of Somers Town, Portsmouth, and Adewunmi Nusi, 36, of Thatcham, Berkshire, spoke only to enter not guilty pleas at Winchester Crown Court.

Boston, of Common Lane, Titchfield, faces two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud between March 2012 and February 20 this year.

Ugwu, of Somers Road, Somers Town, and Nusi, of Bomford Close, Thatcham, are each accused of one count between March and December 2012.

Emu, of Frensham Road, Southsea, Ekpo, of Adair Road, Southsea, each face one count of conspiracy to commit fraud between January 2013 and February 20 this year.

Oko, of Waverley Grove, Southsea, who appeared alongside the other five defendants in the glass panelled dock, is also accused of conspiracy to commit fraud.

He was not arraigned during the hearing and therefore not required to enter a plea.

Oko is due to reappear at Winchester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on June 27.

Boston and Nusi were released on conditional bail.

Ekpo, Emu, Oko and Ugwu were remanded in custody.

All six defendants are set to face trial on August 18.