A Turkish woman named Çiğdem İlgün has defrauded people of about 20 million liras by saying that she invented a chip that prevents turbulence in airplanes, the daily Sabah reported on Aug. 5.
Accordingly, İlgün introduced herself as a physics engineer, working as a lecturer at Marmara University. Taking part in news reportings in March, she said that she invented a chip that prevents airplanes from turbulence with a software she developed, called “CAFA CHIP.”
Before the plane entered the turbulence, the pilot would be warned and the plane would move to the safest new route thanks to this invention.
During this time, İlgün said that she marketed her invention to many companies in Turkey and the world and that 150 million dollars were invested in the project.
She also said that the people who invested in the project would earn 30 percent.
According to the reporting, she defrauded many people, including pilots, doctors, engineers and her relatives, of about 20 million liras.
The victims, who could not get their money back, filed a criminal complaint against İlgün.
Elif Nur Aydın, one of the victims' lawyers, said, “In the first stage, she sent the money back to the victims with the profit. She established trust in order to get more money. Then people send a higher amount of money to get more returns, which they could not get back.”
After this reporting went viral on social media, İlgün told Sabah on Aug. 6 that she sold the chip to a company in Canada for 27 million dollars but she was not paid. “I didn't defraud, I got defrauded. I am very confident in myself, I did not defraud anyone.”