(CMR) The trial for alleged immigration scammer began last week alleging that Judith Douglas (53) conned Nat Robb out of $1.9 million dollars.
The alleged offense was said to have occurred between Nov. 2, 2010, and Jan. 30, 2016. The prosecutor has largely relied upon thousands of WhatsApp messages over the five-year period indicating details of the transaction.
Douglas has testified in her own defense that she was working for a mystery man named “Mr. Big” and he was the real culprit of the scam. She denied receiving the funds for herself and refuted the messages; claiming they were either doctored by Robb or were coded messages that were then followed up by phone calls. She also denied the exorbitant amount and instead claims the messages reflect that amount because she had agreed to help Robb scam his business partners in order to buy himself luxury items.
She also claims that she operated under threats from Robb; who was aware of her previous convictions for similar scams and was convinced that she could assist him. She lambasted the prosecution for not charging Robb in the case.
She had arranged for her handyman to meet with Robb so he could pretend he was on the immigration board. The crown called him as a witness and he stated that he eventually admitted to Robb that it was a scam.
Robb is an American IT professional and owner of Indepth Watersports. The case continues.
UPDATE: Douglas was convicted on July 9 and received the maximum 10-year jail sentence on July 10, 2019.