Natalie Rivers Steals From Man Then Makes Fake Rape Accusation

A serial conwoman who met a victim on the dating website Plenty of Fish stole his life saving and then claimed he raped her.

Natalie Rivers, 35, pretended to have feelings for the 58-year-old after spending the night with him last December.

The next morning she stole his savings worth £3,040 after he left her in his home the following morning, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Rivers was arrested on suspicion of theft and told police she was being paid £150 an hour to be with the victim.

But as her story fell apart, she falsely claimed she was raped, prosecutor John Morgans said.

The male victim was brought in for questioning and had to wait four months to find out his name had been cleared.

In a statement, the victim said he felt depressed and physically sick after being accused of rape.

Rivers, of Norfolk, admitted theft and was jailed for 20 months.

During her hearing, the court heard she had a string of previous convictions which involved her befriending people and stealing from them.

Mr Morgans, prosecuting, said Rivers found the victim’s money and stole it the next day after he went to an appointment. When he returned, Rivers had left with his money.

He added: ‘He tried to contact her but she had already blocked him which indicated what a sham her professions of love were.

There is quite a pattern of offending when it comes to her crimes.’

Judge Maureen Bacon said Rivers had used herself as ‘bait’ on a dating website and set out to exploit her victim’s interest in her.

She told her: ‘You have operated in this way in the past. You have previous convictions for the exact same sort of offence.

‘Your modus operandi is theft from people that you have befriended and you steal money and goods while in their property.’

Speaking of her false rape claim, the judge added: ‘Such a malicious complaint you made undermines all those making genuine allegations.’

Rivers, who has used other aliases including Natalie Collins and Natalie Chamberlain, had stolen bank cards and cheques from another man in 2013, the court heard.

With the money she wrongfully obtainted, she tried to buy a husky puppy.

A 77-year-old pensioner and also a charity worker were also among some her of victims.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6491337/Serial-conwoman-35-met-58-year-old-victim-pretended-raped-jailed-20-months.html?fbclid=IwAR1iGKSfZiaXTLKDSYTRRAWbIyBF4qPbE0ZGCBJV6149jkSQImLhkZXcrAc