That’s what happens when you think with the wrong head

cougars(10)Two Invercargill men duped by a “very convincing” conwoman fear she will target more men when she gets out of jail.

The men, aged 51 and 57, say their lives were ruined after falling prey to Diane Louise Boyd, 47.

Boyd, formerly of Southland, was sentenced this week to four years and two months’ jail when she appeared in the High Court at Christchurch for 120 charges relating to blackmail, obtaining by deception, dishonestly using a document, theft, causing a loss by deception and stealing a vehicle.

Yesterday, two of her victims painted a picture of a loving, caring woman who, after gaining their trust, manipulated, threatened and blackmailed them.

Both men said they met Boyd on a dating website before meeting in person. The 51-year-old said she convinced him to provide her with furniture to replace items lost in a burglary, and offered to help pay his accounts, but later threatened to expose risque photographs of him and go to police with allegations of insurance fraud.

I hope the jury didn’t have to suffer the risque photos as part of the trial.

The men’s warning she’ll do it again seems to have some merit.  Diane Louise Boyd was convicted to a sentence of home detention in 2011 for pretty much the same crime:

A conniving Southland conwoman who met her partner on an internet dating site and ripped him off to the tune of $48,000 has been sentenced to eight months’ home detention.

Judge Kevin Phillips yesterday condemned the actions of 45-year-old Tisbury sickness beneficiary Diane Louise Boyd, saying she was a thoroughly dishonest and conniving conwoman who had a history of targeting vulnerable men and using their finances to her advantage.

“This woman got this man through an [internet] dating site, as she has in the past, and got hold of his finances and ripped him off,” the judge said.

She attempted to minimise her offending by making disparaging and inflammatory statements about her victims, the judge added.

Boyd took control of her 56-year-old victim’s finances after meeting him on the NZDating internet site and getting into a relationship with him.

She accrued $48,000 debt for the man, who had to borrow $25,000 to pay back bills.

Boyd was using the money to feed her gambling addiction, the judge said. The offending had had a major effect on her victim and his family and friends, “because you cut him off from them and that was part of your plan”.

Boyd, who is a grandmother, had committed similar offending in the past, the judge said.

There really is no reason to suspect she’s isn’t going to screw with a few more men before landing her next prison sentence.

She clearly is a danger to lonely men.

It is at times like this I believe our laws should allow a more practical solution.  The only way to protect any future victims is to have a court ordered tattoo put on her forehead that says: “CONVICTED FRAUDSTER”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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