A British woman was conned out of her life savings by a Ugandan man she had fallen in love with.
Lisa Morgan, 50, met and got engaged to 38-year-old Boaz Asingwire, and moved to the East African country to set up a construction and money lending business, the Daily Mail reports.
But the relationship turned violent quickly when Asingwire would keep her locked in the house while he spent her $100,000 life savings, which she had set up in a joint account in both their names.
Asingwire was later killed in a car crash, and Morgan claims she has forgiven him and that she still loves him. She has written a book about her experiences, "Love Has Many Faces."
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The pair met in Iraq, where Morgan was working as a security contractor. The two had each lost close family members, and bonded over their grief.
“It was obvious to me that Boaz and I found comfort in each other,” Morgan said. “We had both suffered losses and were like two lost souls destined to be with each other. All I knew was for the very first time in my life I actually felt a connection, a bond with somebody. I could really relate to this person. Boaz was my Mr. Right and meant everything to me. After working in the war-torn Middle East I finally had the chance of love and happiness. I was 16 again. I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I realized there was a lot more to him than met the eye. He was quite deep and would write love notes, slip them into my bag or under the door.”
The couple was together for a year when he proposed. She accepted, willing to leave her job and her country of birth to go live in Uganda with the man she loved.
“He was my soul mate and I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him and he was such a responsible person. You knew he would be happy to see you happy. And whenever we were together it felt lovely, like that nice, warm glow after your first glass of wine.”
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Asingwire planned to start a money lending business, while Morgan wanted to open a construction company. She put all of her life savings -- $100,000 -- into a joint account, but says he handled most of the financial responsibilities.
“A contract was drawn up and I was given 20 shares in the company,” she recalled. “I didn’t understand why it was only 20 instead of 50 but Boaz said as a foreigner I could only own a certain amount. Of course I was his partner and he’d change it after we were married. He also asked for a sample of my signature. As we were setting up a business account, it was just a formality.”
But Morgan began to have her doubts about Asingwire after she discovered he had been flirting with other women. He also had severe mood swings, often locking her in the house.
“Boaz would leave the house early in the morning and tiptoe out so I couldn’t hear him. He always took the car, leaving me stranded,” Morgan said. “He was obsessed with that car. Only he could drive it. To make sure he would sometimes hide the keys and once he managed to immobilize the car through the electronic key fob. I spotted the car outside and thought right, I’m off. I will go and find something to do. But, of course, the car wouldn’t move. Another time he paid the security guard not to let me out if I tried to leave the compound in the car. I saw Boaz talking to the guard and slipping him some money. So of course, when the guard saw me he wouldn’t let me out of the gates. I was so angry.”
After Asingwire spent all her money, beat her repeatedly.
“As much as he had stripped me of my dignity and deceived me, I never wished him harm,” she said. “I felt sorry for him and always will. I could never hate Boaz; I forgave him a long time ago.”