March 4, 2024

Crime

Prosecutors allege Nikeisha Lewis participated in a scheme to steal from a Plymouth lady who thought she was in a web based relationship with a CIA agent and diamond magnate.

A New York lady was indicted Tuesday after allegedly collaborating in a romance rip-off to steal greater than $300,000 from a Massachusetts lady who believed she was in a web based relationship with a CIA agent and diamond magnate.

Nikeisha Lewis, 42, is dealing with prices of larceny over $1,200, receiving stolen property over $1,200, and cash laundering. It was not instantly clear whether or not she had an legal professional who may touch upon the fees.

On-line courtroom data point out Lewis beforehand pleaded not responsible to related prices throughout her arraignment in Plymouth District Courtroom in March 2023. Her indictment shifts the case to Plymouth Superior Courtroom.


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In accordance with courtroom paperwork, the alleged sufferer informed investigators she met “Richard Kobstar” by way of Fb in the summertime of 2020. The Plymouth lady defined that she despatched “Kobstar” a message commenting that he regarded good for his age, given Fb listed his delivery 12 months as 1906.

“Via this preliminary message Kobstar defined to [the alleged victim] his date of delivery listed on his fb web page was false, and he was really a C.I.A. Agent making an attempt to hide private info,” in keeping with a abstract of information filed in Plymouth District Courtroom. 

The pair communicated every day by way of phone and textual content messages, and “Kobstar” reportedly claimed to personal a mining firm. Prosecutors allege “Kobstar” satisfied the Plymouth lady to put money into his firm and prompted her to ship giant sums of cash by way of checks, money, and wire transfers addressed to Lewis, his purported assistant.

She continued to ship “Kobstar” cash over the following 12 months, cashing out her retirement account and shares and even switching banks after workers advised that she may need fallen prey to a rip-off, in keeping with courtroom paperwork.

Lewis “fraudulently deposited these funds into her personal enterprise account at Wells Fargo financial institution, and shortly hid them by quickly withdrawing the stolen money from random ATMs,” the Plymouth County District Legal professional’s Workplace alleged in a press launch.

By December 2021, the alleged sufferer started to suspect she had been scammed. She went to Plymouth police in March 2022, and authorities launched an investigation that might finally span hundreds of monetary data, the DA’s workplace stated.

The investigation discovered that Lewis “acted in a three way partnership with unknown different people” and had allegedly used the funds to journey, purchase groceries, and pay utility, bank card, and mortgage payments, in keeping with the press launch. 

In accordance with courtroom paperwork, Lewis allegedly informed investigators that she allowed her ex-boyfriend to make use of her checking account and claimed that he would deposit cash into the account and ask her to withdraw sure quantities.

Lewis can be arraigned on the brand new prices at a later date, the DA’s workplace stated.