A man has defrauded his sugar mummy 37 years his senior of £500,000 (N236 million) in West London, United Kingdom.
Christiane Shellard, 66, complained that her runaway lover had started asking for money so she gave him £700 to cover his rent. He then complained of car troubles, so she gave him a limit of £20,000 to spend on a new car, but says she was never shown any receipts for the second-hand Porsche Panamera he bought.
Cristian Mihalea, 29, who conned his sugar mummy with amazing expertise, then allegedly said his father was dying of liver cancer and would need a £160,000 transplant, which Shellard paid for.
He then asked her to buy a property he had seen in Brentwood, and she agreed. The money she paid for the house is thought to be around £500,000.
After the money transfer, Mihalea said the home had been sold to another bidder and he disappeared to Eastern Europe for weeks, Shellard said.
''I felt such a fool and embarrassed. That is what happens to women my age.
''I was never in love with him. I liked him a lot but was not stupid enough to think I could have a future with someone so young — I thought it could last three or four years.
''The guy I was smitten with was a monster. I've learned my lesson, I've been bitten. If that's what happens when you date someone, I'd rather stay single,'' she said.
However, Mihalea insists they were in love and that she had "gifted" him the £500,000 to buy himself a flat.