Uni stu­dent ac­cused of fak­ing GI Joe sta­tus to con woman Ar­rest in army scam

Jacko es­tate re­jects sex abuse claims in doco

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - VANESSA MARSH

A GRIF­FITH Univer­sity stu­dent ac­cused of pos­ing as a US soldier to swin­dle a woman out of more than $300,000 in an on­line ro­mance scam, has been re­fused bail af­ter be­ing caught in an elab­o­rate po­lice sting.

Cos­mos Emeh, 32, was ar­rested on Thurs­day night at the woman’s Bris­bane home af­ter she be­came sus­pi­cious three months into the on­line re­la­tion­ship.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Vince Byrnes said the “well-ed­u­cated” woman, 34, had al­legedly been duped by Emeh who lives with his part­ner at Du­rack, through a so­cial me­dia plat­form where he told her he was a US soldier serv­ing in Syria.

The pair met on­line in Oc­to­ber and the woman trans­ferred more than $200,000 cash be­fore giv­ing Emeh an­other $100,000 when he came to her home pos­ing as an agent for the fake soldier.

“These scam­mers are well versed, their preda­tory be­hav­iour is based on their vic­tim,” Insp Byrnes said. A NEW doc­u­men­tary that ac­cuses Michael Jack­son of sex­ual abuse has been de­nounced by the late pop star’s es­tate as an “out­ra­geous and pa­thetic” at­tempt to ex­ploit his name.

Leav­ing Nev­er­land, which is to pre­miere at the Sun­dance

“They use var­i­ous in­ter­ac­tion method­olo­gies for the pur­pose of tar­get­ing that vic­tim and their vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties.

“In this case it was a back­story with a US mil­i­tary of­fi­cer that in­volved the loss of close fam­ily mem­bers.”

He said this case was par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing in that while the scam re­la­tion­ships were usu­ally solely on­line, in this case the de­fen­dant had al­legedly met the woman at her home.

Af­ter her first meet­ing with the al­leged scam­mer, the woman be­came and sus­pi­cious and con­tacted po­lice who launched Op­er­a­tion Romeo Swift, lur­ing Emeh back to the home for an­other “large amount of money”.

Emeh faced Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day morn­ing where his lawyer said he de­nied hav­ing any con­tact with the woman un­til the visit to her home on Thurs­day.

Emeh’s lawyer said her client was not a flight risk and de­nied hav­ing any­thing to do with the scam.

The case was ad­journed to Fe­bru­ary 11. Film Fes­ti­val this month, re­counts the story of two men, who are now in their 30s, and al­leges they were sex­u­ally abused by the King of Pop (pic­tured) when they were seven and 10.

“This is yet an­other lurid pro­duc­tion in an out­ra­geous and pa­thetic at­tempt to ex­ploit and cash in on Michael Jack­son,” the singer’s es­tate said.

“It’s baf­fling why any cred­i­ble film­maker would in­volve him­self with this pro­ject.”

The film­mak­ers have con­firmed the ac­cusers are chore­og­ra­pher Wade Rob­son, who filed a law­suit against Jack­son in 2013 claim­ing the singer mo­lested him, and James Safechuck, who sued Jack­son’s es­tate over sex­ual abuse charges.

Both law­suits were in 2017.

Di­rec­tor Dan Reed has de­fended his film. “If there’s any­thing we’ve learnt, it’s that sex­ual abuse is com­pli­cated, and sur­vivors’ voices need to be lis­tened to,” he said. dis­missed

A photo used by the al­leged scam­mer to lure a woman into hand­ing over money.

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