A sex con artist has been caught in Canada after false claims costing authorities an incredible amount of money. Investigations eventually stopped after they realized who she really was.
Samantha Lyndell Azzopardi is an Australian 26-year-old who has held more than 40 aliases. This may sound like she’s really a secret agent attempting to catch an international thief, until you realize she was actually the alleged criminal herself. The Sydney-born woman was caught after costing authorities worldwide hundreds of thousands in investigations, and deported from at least two countries by now.
Azzopardi had walked into a Calgari clinic on September 16 claiming her name was Aurora Hepburn, that she was 14 years old, and she had been a victim of sexual assault, torture, and several other crimes.
Canadian authorities caught on to what Azzopardi was doing after having spent over $150,000 investigating false claims spun from the words of the sex con artist. They discovered she had done the same thing in Dublin, Ireland, where she was equated to the title character from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
It wasn’t until after Dublin authorities released her photo to determine her identity that they realized she wasn’t the rape victim she claimed to be, but a notorious sex con artist who changes her name to commit fraud and other crimes. After Azzopardi’s deportation from Ireland, it was discovered that within six months she had once again gained access to travel documents from Australian authorities.
The sex con artist was taken into custody and remained accompanied by Canadian authorities as she was sent back to Australia. The necessity was decided after officers holding her in custody felt she would likely disappear before her scheduled removal on December 6. The cost of the investigation and deportation will come out of the Canadian tax-payers, as the policy dictates.
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Azzopardi has used several names, among which were Emily Peet, Lindsay Coughlin, Dakota Johnson, and Georgia McAuliffe, all to allegedly commit offenses just in Australia alone. According to the Calgary Herald, hearing officer Rhonda Macklin has made a statement about Samantha Lyndell Azzopardi’s criminal tendencies.
“Ms Azzopardi has a long history of impersonating others, lying and committing fraud.
“She’s been [uncooperative] with CBSA, refusing to answer our questions about how she obtained the travel documents needed to gain entry to Canada.”
It is assumed that after her return to her home country, Australian authorities will take the appropriate actions to ensure sex con artist Samantha Lyndell Azzopardi won’t travel across the world and do it all again.
[Image via Sydney Morning Herald]