A couple of crooks risk forty months in prison. Danny S. and Alisa N. managed to buy a batch of diamonds in an Antwerp hotel with Monopoly money.
The case came before the criminal court in Antwerp on Wednesday morning, although the facts date from almost four years ago. On November 21, 2018, a representative had an appointment with Alisa N. in the then Leopold Hotel on the Quinten Matsijslei at the Stadspark in Antwerp. N. managed to gain the trust of the seller and was allowed to test the stones for authenticity. She left behind a bag of $80,000 in cash. “It turned out to be fake money,” the prosecutor said. The diamonds never came back.
Thanks to the extensive camera network in the neighborhood around the Antwerp diamond trade, the investigators were able to view two vehicles, which could be linked to Danny S. and Alisa N. The two were also recognized on the camera images. Danny S. was arrested in Italy and handed over to our country. “He made a statement and said that in the past he had paid with Monopoly money, but now he says he was not involved,” the prosecutor’s office said. Alisa N. could also be arrested, she eventually admitted the facts and confessed that she had handed over Monopoly money to the seller of the diamonds. She said she acted out of financial necessity.
The prosecutor’s office demanded against the two, who both showed up in absentia, a prison sentence of 40 months and a fine of 2,000 euros. Judgment on October 19.