Marriage fraud: Couple pretends to be siblings, dupes man

A Magistrates’ court on Wednesday
sentenced a Zimbabwean couple to 30
months in prison for duping a man of
a bride price of $ 3 ,000 .
Brian Mathe , 30 and wife Stephanie ,
20 , who played brother and sister
opened a Facebook account in
February which they used to lure 56 -
year- old Nyakanyaka Msipani into a
false love relationship .
After opening the Facebook account
and hooking up with Msipani , Pullen
introduced her husband Mathe as a
brother and said that the bride price
should be paid to him since their
parents were dead .
Magistrate Victoria Mashamba
suspended a year each on their jail
terms for five years on the condition
of good behaviour and another six
months on the condition that they
restitute Pullen $ 4 ,029 .
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In passing the sentence , Magistrate
Mashamba said the couple deserved a
custodial sentence .
“ You have looked down upon the
marriage institution. They caused
emotional and psychological stress to
the complainant who believed that he
was getting married ,’’ she said .

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