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Sweden's criminal honey-trap duo loses appeal

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Sweden's criminal honey-trap duo loses appeal
13:18 CEST+02:00
A Swedish court of appeals has upheld the verdicts against the "online dating league", a team of two women and their male cohorts who set up dates on the internet then drugged and robbed their lovelorn victims.

The Malmö Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling, meaning the two women will spend seven years in jail for robbery. Two men who drove them to the scene of the crimes and helped transport the loot will spend 6 and a half years in jail, in accordance with the district court's ruling.

At least ten men in southern Sweden were duped by the women, who came in contact with the men via online dating site Badoo. The robberies took place in several locations in southwestern Sweden, including Malmö, Eslöv, Sölvesborg, and Halmstad.

After first agreeing to meet their victims in their homes, one of the women would show up accompanied by a female friend, the Metro newspaper reported. The would-be victims then innocently shared coffee or drinks with the women before becoming inexplicably drowsy as conversation continued.

The next thing the victims remembered was waking up in the middle of the night, or early the next morning, to find their homes had been ransacked. In at least one case, a man awoke to find his date was gone and instead found that two men had come into his home. The two men proceeded to beat him before making off with his valuables.

Computers, mobile phones, and cash were among the items taken. In some cases, however, the online dating gang also made off with meat, chocolate, and washing powder, Metro reported.

The sophisticated female fraudsters also cleaned up after themselves to cover their tracks, leaving glasses sparkling clean on the counter-top and emptying ashtrays to avoid leaving any traces of DNA.

During police questioning, one of the women hinted that the duo was not alone in preying on men looking for a date with an attractive women.

"Lots of other women are doing the same thing," she told investigators," she told the police.

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