A Tinder fraudster who swindled around £450,000 from her dates to fund her gambling addiction has been jailed.
Jocelyn Zakhour, who lived at Crown Casino in Melbourne, convinced her dates to loan her huge sums for a fake blueberry farm – using both blackmail and extortion tactics.
The VIP gambler, aged 41, burst into tears at Victoria’s County Court as she was jailed for four-and-a-half years, with a non-parole period of two years and eight months.
She has so far reportedly paid back a tenth of the money taken, reports 9News.
Zakhour’s first victim was promised a 300 percent profit before initially agreeing to hand over $723,700.
And in order to take more money she claimed the farm was tied to illegal cigarettes and she would harm his family if he didn’t pay her more.
The defendant sent her first victim 240 emails, threatening his ex-wife, kids and mum before the man began borrowing money in order to keep up with payments.
Zakhour accused him of being foolish to have fallen for her lies when she was eventually caught.
“It was a ruthless exploitation and you have broken the ability of both men to be able to trust those around them,” Judge Gregory Lyon said.
Her second victim was a financial planner who was persuaded to transfer $61,000 under the ruse Zakhour needed to buy more farm equipment and cover employee wages.
A psychologist told the court she had become hooked on power.
Zakhour accepted six charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception, as well as three of blackmail and two of extortion with threat to inflict injury.