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Aussie Woman Bilks Old Men To Feed Gambling Habit

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 4th August 2005 8:05pm
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A WOMAN who scammed $135,000 from seven elderly men she met through lonely heart ads has told a Sydney court she needed the money to feed her gambling habit and to support her son's heroin addiction.

Susan Reed, 50, from Lambton on the New South Wales Central Coast, pleaded guilty earlier this month to seven counts of obtaining money by deception.

She defrauded seven elderly men both single and married of $135,000 between 1997 and May last year, after placing advertisements in newspaper personals columns.

Once she had befriended them, Ms Reed asked for money by cash or cheque for cruise holidays or business ventures.

Reed said during sentencing submissions in Downing Centre Local Court today that she had used the money to gamble and to support her son's heroin addiction.



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