A man from Current Jersey was charged with conspiracy for his role in an alleged money-spinning deal that used online dating sites to scam over 30 victims of hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
Rubbin Sarpong, 35, of Millville, Current Jersey, was arrested once on Wednesday and charged with a federal dependency on conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, the first US-authorized tax, Craig Carpenito, announced.
Sarpong and his conspirators, many of whom reside in Ghana, allegedly entered into an online romance deal between January 2016 and September 2019, during which they defrauded victims in Current Jersey and other areas, prosecutors said.
The conspirators assert profiles on diversified dating network websites, the use of fictitious or stolen identities to represent US militia personnel stationing faraway places, according to filed documents in the case and statements made in court.
After establishing digital romantic relationships with victims on web dating and e-mail project platforms, the conspirators asked for money, regularly under the guise of having to pay to send gold bars to the US.
Sarpong and the conspirators claimed to be Syrian-based militia personnel who bought, recovered or absorbed prized gold bullion, prosecutors said.
The conspirators told the victims that perhaps their money would be returned as soon as absorbed gold bars were bought in the US, court documents show.
Federal brokers said more than 30 victims lost more than $ 2.1 million. Sarpong allegedly bought $ 83,386 in victims' funds from monetary institution accounts he owned or managed.
One of the alleged victims led her to maintain her lifestyle in June 2018, after transferring more than $ 93,000 to two domestic monetary institution accounts, according to criticism filed in the case.
Victims transferred money to monetary accounts held by Sarpong and others at US monetary institutions, rarely sending money to conspirators by submitting internal ratings to most or cashiers or through services and products such as Western Union and MoneyGram.
Federal brokers said Sarpong withdrew money from the accounts of member monetary institutions and transferred money to diversified domestic accounts and conspirators in Ghana.
Sarpong posted pictures of himself on social media posing with substantial sums of money, overstated cars and expensive jewelry, prosecutors said.
If convicted, Sarpong faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 prize.