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Woman arrested for faking pregnancy and soliciting donations

By Mason White 11:02 AM September 12, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A woman who wanted to solicit donations from the public, decided to stuff her belly to make her look pregnant, police in Nigeria said.

Now, the woman has been arrested and charged with fraud.

Lagos State Police said that they arrested the 29-year-old woman after she was spotted under the Ikeja Bridge, where she accepted donations, claiming she needs funds for her baby.

She walked around with a pillow under her dress to defraud innocent members of the public. Police said that they acted on a tip from the public.

During questioning, the woman confessed to the allegations. The woman told investigators that she wanted to collect a large amount of money quickly, so she decided to appear pregnant to gain sympathy of passing men.

The suspect will be brought before the Lagos Magistrate’s Court for a bail hearing.