A woman who posed as a UN diplomat and took nearly €9,000 from a Japanese woman in Dublin airport after promising her access to a container filled with cash will be sentenced in June.
Agata Pracz (39) from Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to dishonestly inducing Yumi Takekoshi to hand over €8,990 on July 15th, 2014.
Garda Enda Ledwith told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court om Thursday that Ms Takekoshi, a 58-year-old Tokyo woman, was contacted through social media site, LinkedIn, by a woman purporting to a be a “two-star US general” based in Dublin Airport.
The ‘general’ told Ms Takekoshi a container filled with currency to the value of $10.5 million (€6.8 million) was at a bonded warehouse in Dublin and that she would give Ms Takekoshi access to it for the sum of €8990.
As a result, Ms Takekoshi booked a flight and flew into Dublin airport on July 15th 2014 where she met a woman who claimed to be a UN diplomat named Sandra Daly.
“That woman was actually the accused,” Gda Ledwith said.
Pracz took Ms Takekoshi to a bar in Dublin airport and took the money from her, before promising to call her with details of the container full of cash, the court heard.
However, Ms Takekoshi became suspicious after the meeting and took a taxi to the Japanese embassy, which contacted the gardaí.
Pracz, a Polish national, was arrested on the M1 motorway some days after this incident after gardaí recognised her car from Dublin airport CCTV footage.
She claimed she met a man named ‘James’ of Nigerian or Ghanaian background in a pub who organised the deal with Ms Takekoshi and she was just the “cash collector”, Gda Ledwith said.