MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – A woman from Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Adygea received a four-year prison term Monday for bilking two men out of over 1.2 million rubles ($36,000), the Prosecutor General’s Office said.
The woman used a false identity and photo to register on an online dating service in May 2012, claiming to be a Moscow-based lawyer and the daughter of a rich businessman.
She also claimed she needed money for medical treatment after a car accident.
One man wired her over 500,000 rubles over the space of eight months. She then befriended the man’s friend, who subsequently sent her 680,000 rubles for her “treatment.”
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Some people are trying to make the reality in Russia at least a bit more humane. The amnesty should apply not only to persons involved in high-profile cases, but also to individuals who are not as well-known. It is better to set free at least some of the individuals who deserve to be released than no one at all.