Monday, August 9, 2010

Serial false rape accuser targets innocent men for the insurance money -- and yet she retains her anonymity

The two news reports below are remarkable, frightening, and infuriating, all at once. British men vacationing on the Island of Kos are being warned to be on their guard against a Swedish false rape accuser -- but the British newspapers will not even print her name. And, yes, they know her name because she's made police reports where she's falsely accused at least four men. 

Imagine if a serial rapist were on the loose who had raped four women, and women were being told to be on their guard -- but newspapers weren't allowed to print the rapist's name or publish his picture.  How do you think that would be accepted? 

Newsflash: it would be a hell of a lot easier for men to guard against this threat to them if it wasn't anonymous.

Further, we often hear from persons bent on minimizing the false rape problem that women have no incentive to lie about rape. In fact, every study on the subject shows that women lie about rape for all manner of reasons, even financial.  This anonymous serial false accuser has claimed £166,500 in insurance money each time. By my calculations, that's equivalent to $264,217.66 times four -- over $1 million.  When we pay women to cry "rape" (and it's not just insurers: Britain, India and presumably other countries also compensate women who make rape claims), the threat to innocent men and boys is greatly enhanced.

One man in the story printed below was arrested and held in jail for four days because of her lie.  He had to post £2,000 bail before the case collapsed because the woman fled the country. He is still waiting for the money to be returned.  Why can't he get his money back? Well, the authorities need the accuser to sign "acceptance of the court decision" so the innocent man can get back his bail money.  Yes, you read that correctly. We have just tumbled down the rabbit hole. 

One can only imagine what further indignities could possibly be inflicted on men and boys falsely accused of rape.  And if any other demographic, aside from dreaded males, had been targeted by this woman, would they so sheepishly just accept it without being outraged?

NEWS REPORT NUMBER ONE:

Britons 'trapped in false rape sting by blonde Swede on Greek island’

A Swedish woman has falsely accused several British tourists of raping her as part of an insurance scam, a Greek lawyer claims.

Men have been warned to be on their guard after the 26-year-old woman claimed a total of €800,000 (£666,315) in insurance after lodging allegations of rape on the island of Kos.

It is believed that her victims include at least four Britons, according to a lawyer representing one of the falsely accused.

An international hunt involving Greek and Swedish police and Interpol has failed to find the woman, described as an attractive blonde.

Ross Mitchell, a teacher from Nottinghamshire, met his accuser in Kos in June 2008. He was jailed and forced to pay £2,000 bail before the case collapsed because the woman fled the country. He is still waiting for the money to be returned.

He met her in Kardamena, a busy resort popular with young Britons.

It is believed Mr Mitchell was working in a bar when they met. She claimed he tried to rape her in her hotel room.

Mr Mitchell, who denied all allegations, was arrested, charged and held in custody while police investigated.

In her initial complaint, she said she could identify him only from the smell of his sweat and his hairstyle.

She then fled to her native Sweden and failed to attend a subsequent magistrates’ court hearing. It is believed that she denies the allegation of making false claims.

According to the Greek media, she was involved in “organised fraud” and was “fabricating charges of being raped so that she could draw large amounts of insurance as compensation”.

Mr Mitchell was freed on bail before the case was formally dropped. His lawyer, Alcybiades Hajantonis, said Swedish authorities disclosed that she had pulled the scam on at least three other occasions, claiming €200,000 (£166,500) each time.

Mr Mitchell said yesterday he was “stunned” to be told that the woman was a serial con artist. He said: “I had no idea there were allegations she had done this to other men.”

His father, Les, said the case had been a “nightmare” for his son.

Being a teacher he doesn’t really want all this publicised,” he said. “Even a false accusation can ruin a career. It’s certainly affected him.

“The whole thing was a load of rubbish from start to finish, but the police took it seriously and he ended up in jail. Then they let her slip through their fingers and disappear and as far as I’m aware haven’t been able to catch her since.”

Mr Hajantonis, who is based on Kos, said: “We have been trying to find the accuser so she can sign acceptance of the court decision so Mr Mitchell can get back his bail money.

“In the process, I contacted Interpol and Swedish police to find her, only to be informed that she has made three similar rape claims and earned an additional €600,000 in compensation. Swedish authorities cannot find her and we still can’t get back the bail money. She obviously does this on a systematic basis”.

Greek police said there appeared to be an increasing number of false rape claims at Greek holiday resorts.

They blamed the notoriety that British holidaymakers had developed for getting drunk and raping or sexually assaulting women.

A police spokesman said: “This may be yet another case of a woman claiming rape to get compensation, because British men are so often arrested on such charges.”

Mr Hajantonis said: “What has surprised me is that insurance companies seem to pay up the money, without waiting for a verdict.”

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/7933190/Britons-trapped-in-false-rape-sting-by-blonde-Swede-on-Greek-island.html

NEWS REPORT NUMBER TWO:

British teacher on holiday accused of rape by woman ‘who preys on tourists’

A teacher was arrested and held in a Greek jail after being falsely accused of rape by a woman his lawyer alleged preyed on tourists to claim hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation.

Ross Mitchell, 34, met his Swedish accuser when she worked alongside him in a bar on the holiday isle of Kos 2008.

He has told friends their relationship went no further than a 'mild flirtation'.

But he was arrested after the woman told police she woke to find him in her bed after he forced entry to her apartment.

Mr Mitchell, who was born in Derbyshire but now lives in London, was arrested and spent four days behind bars before his family paid £2,000 bail to secure his release.

The supply teacher's Greek lawyer, Alcybiades Hajantonis, yesterday claimed the woman disappeared after making the allegation. But he alleged she had previously pocketed nearly £500,000 (600,000 euros) by cashing in insurance policies on up to three previous alleged rapes.

He said the policies were apparently taken out to cover victims of attack.

He said the information came from the Kos prosecutor's office, which he believes had been passed to the information from Swedish authorities.

Last night the woman involved categorically denied receiving any money from the Mitchell case or any other.

Mr Hajantonis added: 'We have been trying to find the accuser so she can sign acceptance of the court decision so Mr Ross can get back his money.

'Swedish authorities cannot find her and we still can't get back the bail money. She obviously does this on a systematic basis.'

Mr Mitchell would not comment yesterday. But a source close to him said: 'Ross co- operated fully with the police in Greece. He didn't have sex with this girl and says that their relationship did not go beyond a "mild flirtation". He's worried about how this will all go down with the schools who employ him.'

Interpol and Swedish police were unavailable for comment last night.

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1301410/UK-teacher-Greek-holiday-accused-rape-woman-preys-tourists.html?ito=feeds-newsxml