'Con-woman' in a pickle after telling friends she was dying of listeriosis

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Colleen Lingwood lay in bed, speaking softly to the friends who had gathered at her living wake.

According to her former friend Corinna Tannian, she had told them she was dying of listeriosis-related organ failure.

The charges relate to soliciting donations for the treatment of her “illness”, as well as defrauding clients in her timeshare business and a rental scheme that is estimated to have robbed 141 complainants of at least R1.5m. “I was surprised Colleen was doing so well, considering the months of hearing how close she was to dying.”

It was only months later, in October, that she learnt that dozens of criminal cases had been opened against the couple at the Sandton police station — not just relating to the illness donations, but also against Colleen’s company, Genie in a Phone, which promised reduced deals on timeshare vacations.


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