A South Korean woman who met a man on a chat app on a smartphone, drugged him and stole $87,000 in cryptocurrency from his phone was sentenced to five years in prison.
According to Newsis, the Suwon District Court heard how a 20-year-old woman (named by the court as A) met a man through an app and then arranged to meet with him on June 10, 2021. In the early hours of June 11, the duo went to a dating motel in Gyeonggi Province. The man, who is in his 40s and identified by the court as B, told A about the extent of his cryptocurrency assets during their conversation on the chat app platform.
But the court heard that A then added a drink B with sleeping pills before using her phone to transfer tokens from the crypto wallet on the smartphone to her own wallet.
EDaily reported that the smartphone in question was protected by a fingerprint sensor, but A was able to press finger B to the sensor to unlock the device while it was unconscious.
When B regained consciousness, he confronted A, who then began to threaten him, telling Family B about the disgusting nature of their meeting.
B reported the incident to the police, but A tried to confuse the police who questioned her, saying B had actually raped her and given her cryptocurrency in an attempt to silence her.
The court and presiding judge Hwang In-sung found A guilty of robbery, threatening behaviour and injury, and violating the Narcotics Act. She was also found guilty of obstruction of justice.
The judge said the sentence was acquitted because the amount of stolen cryptocurrency assets was high, and that A was trying to sow the seeds of confusion in a subsequent police investigation.
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