(Hürriyet Newspaper, 17 January 2014)
'Grasshopper' plants an underage kiss.
Sezer Gök (40) has committed quite a few crimes of
fraud in both Turkey and the U.S., but each time
he got away with it, earning him the nickname
'grasshopper'. This time, however, he was nabbed.
For two months Gök has been sought by police
for kidnapping a 17 year-old girl named Tiffany
Snook (!) whom he met in the state of Illinois. Police
arrested Gök on Tuesday in Tampa, where he was
hiding out with Tiffany.
The American girl told police that she had a religious
marriage with Gök, became a Muslim and got pregnant.
Gök was put in prison for kidnapping an underage girl
without her parents knowledge. The indictment being
prepared against Gök is said to contain a long list of
Türkçe links to original Turkish article
(Hürriyet Newspaper, 16 January 2014)
Ali Ölmez in happier days.
Mehmet Kılıç (21), who lives in Bursa's Osmangazi
district, clicked on an advertisement he saw on Facebook
and ordered a smart phone. On 19 August, Kılıç received
his purchase via PTT Cargo and paid 150TL. When he
opened the package, though, he found an anti-smoking
device rather than a smart phone. Kılıç then filed a
In Antalya, photographer Hidayet Yalçın (44) saw the
same smart phone advertisement on Facebook and placed
an order. On 5 September, upon receiving a package
Yalçın paid 130 TL but found the anti-smoking device
inside instead of a smart phone. Yalçın then filed a
An investigation revealed that the sender was none other
than Ali Ölmez (30), who lives in Kocaeli's Darıca district.
Ölmez has a record of defrauding many other people in
the same manner and he will be tried for grand theft on
two counts, each one calling for a sentence of from four
to fourteen years in prison. Ölmez will be tried in majör