investigation company says she was 'stupid' for lending money to a 'lonely hearts scammer'
accused man: Matthew Samuels denies 11 counts of fraud against five as well as his stepson (graphic:
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Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeA woman who was
allegedly conned in the a 180,000 single hearts scam has told a court she was "considerably
remember, though,but Nicola Hampshire, a knowledgeable detective, stated that helping needy friends
was in her nature.
Matthew Samuels is charged with duping five different women, Many of whom he met through online
dating sites, And his own step son between 2011 and summer of year.
He turns down 11 counts of fraud.
Worcester Crown Court heard Ms Hampshire gave system of 650 to Samuels, Just a month after meeting
him by way of a dating website in 2011.
find out more: Dad of 14 thriving women out of 180,000 through internet dating scam A court heard
was told that at the time, "very good guy" Samuels shared with her his wallet had been
stolen. But just weeks later she loaned him thousands after he shared with her the taxman was
chasing a 46,000 past due VAT bill.
Jurors heard that while holidaying with her daughter in Disneyland Florida, The divorcee proven
Samuels had stayed at her home with some of his children, Ordering them Dominoes pizza with her
The Crown say Ms Hampshire is still owed 12,000 by the 50 year old.
Abigail Nixon, Samuels lawyer, Asked Ms Hampshire why she had were going to help "A virtual
wierder" With such a large debt just weeks after first seminar.
The West Mercia police agency replied: "I wished to help him, He was a nice guy,
Mrs Hampshire, Who accepted freely offering to loan him the cash advance, built in: "I was
Ms Nixon then put to Ms Hampshire she had helped because she was "critical to keep him as a
boyfriend, But the detective
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After his pleas for assist in pay the VAT bill, She loaned him utilizing her Marks and Spencer store
card, legal court heard.
The Crown stated he later used that card, Without her choice, To hire cars and pay for daily
expenses, While also using her Debenhams and Barclaycard this time without her knowledge to rack up
While on holiday in Florida with her daughter, She told jurors how a neighbor texted her to say
Samuels had moved himself and some of his 10 children into her home, require asking.
She later came across three payments to the local Dominoes takeaway worth 50.91 on her own Debenhams
card during the time she was abroad.
The jury heard three years of texts between the couple, With Ms Hampshire trying out
"continually" In vain to make him pay back money, declaring she now felt "fairly
She challenged him about his use of the credit card, But despite calling in the authorities had the
inquiry shelved at her insistence after admitting to being "upset,
The private investigator said: "My supervisor wanted to get him arrested at once and I was very
confused, apprehensive, Didn love any fuss, So I asked if that is not done straight away.