Report: Te'o's 'Girlfriend' Claimed She Faked Death to Escape Drug Dealers
Manti Te'o's dead, fake girlfriend reportedly called him in December to tell him that she had to fake her own dead months earlier to escape drug dealers.
According to a report in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, "Te'o has told family and friends that the woman who was the voice of his fictitious girlfriend 'Lennay Kekua' called him in December and said she had to fake her own death months earlier to elude drug dealers."
The woman, who may have been related to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man alleged to be the ringleader behind the hoax, "tried to re-engage a relationship with Te‘o months after she supposedly had died of leukemia in early September."
A source "close to the Te'o family" shared the account with the Star-Advertiser.
According to the account, "Te'o asked the woman to transmit a photo to him with a date stamp, which she did, but this did not allay his suspicions and he later told his family and Notre Dame officials about being scammed."