A WOMAN who allowed her bank account to be used for an online romantic scam has been handed a suspended sentence.

Lisa Ann Simpson (42) from Orchard Street in Belfast, was sentenced to 12 months prison, which was suspended for two years, after she admitted charges of both possessing and concerting criminal property.

Belfast Crown Court heard the charges dated back to December 2017.

Branding Simpson a “money mule”, Judge Donna McColgan QC said the online romantic scam was “sinister” and resulted in a man in England being defrauded out of £38,000.

She continued: “Fortunately for him, his bank has refunded some £28,000 of that money, but he is still out in the order of £10,000.”

“The offences occurred in 2017 and Miss Simpson’s bank account was used to facilitate that fraud.”

When arrested in 2018, Simpson made the case she was acting under duress.

After imposing the suspended sentence, Judge McColgan…

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