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THREE men and a woman have pleaded not guilty to being part of a scam using a dating website.

Eberechi Ekpo, 26, of Adair Road, Southsea and Brooke Boston, 28, of Common Lane, Titchfield, pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud at Winchester Crown Court today.

They also pleaded not guilty to money laundering in connection with the conspiracy along with Monty Emu, 28, of Frensham Road, Southsea, and Adewunmi Nusi, 36, of Bomford Close, Hermitage, Berkshire

The alleged conspiracy involved creating a fictitious profile on the dating website and duping victims into sending them money from their accounts.

Ugwu will wait behind bars until the trial is over for sentencing.

Jury selection for the trial is due to take place this afternoon.