Extraordinary tale of how international con artist who cannot stop her compulsive lying was exposed when she pretended to be an abused French teenager in Sydney’s east
- Con artist Samantha Azzopardi, 33, was sentenced to 17 months behind bars
- Azzopardi lied to police and pretended to be a 14-year-old abused French girl
- She’s been charged 100 times, mainly for fraud and deception-related offences
Serial con artist Samantha Azzopardi will spend at least eight months behind bars for lying to police that she was an abused 14-year-old French girl.
Jail time against the 33-year-old compulsive liar’s 100th charge was ordered at Waverley Local Court on Friday.
Azzopardi will spend a maximum 17 months behind bars for misleading police by pretending to be a French teenager last August.
At the time, she was also on a community corrections order for a similar offence. This order has been revoked given Friday’s sentence.
Contacting religious charity Jewish House, she said she was called Enslie Cohen and had been a victim of abuse. This caused a five-hour search by multiple agencies around Sydney’s eastern suburbs to find her fictitious foster family’s home.
While claiming she only spoke French, she refused to talk with a French-speaking police officer.
Serial con artist Samantha Azzopardi, 33, (pictured) will spend at least 8 months in jail for lying to police
Azzopardi (pictured) was charged with her 100th offence in Australia after she pretended to be an abused 14-year-old French girl in August last year
A canny case worker recognised elements in this con that were similar to prior stories by Azzopardi.
Even after the arrest, she still continued her lies, signing paperwork handed to her by a custody manager under the name of Emily Ramberger.
With a backdated sentence, she will be eligible for parole on January 15 next year.
Her prior frauds include duping Irish and Canadian police into believing she was a human trafficking victim, acting as a qualified nanny to a Victorian couple and claiming in a Bendigo mental health clinic she was a pregnant and abused 14-year-old.
The 33-year-old’s (pictured) previous charges were mainly for fraud and deception-related offences
She was released by Victorian authorities in May 2021 for fraud and child stealing, only to spark another false investigation in late 2021 in NSW while posing as a 14-year-old.
Waverley police say she has been charged 100 times in Australia, mainly for fraud and deception-related offences.
“It is apparent that the accused is a compulsive liar and suffers from several mental health issues which no doubt is a catalyst for her offending,” a statement of facts says