Ghanaian detained in the US for $5 million romance fraud organization
A Ghanaian man has been detained in the US for his alleged involvement in a $5 million romance scam conspiracy.
Kenneth Anim could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.
According to the US Department of Justice, the suspect and his accomplices set up fictitious companies through which money was laundered.
According to U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery, an FBI investigation revealed that he allegedly served as a money mule in the dubious scheme.
Kenneth, 38, who is a dual citizen of Ghana and the United States, is accused of committing the crime between 2014 and 2019.
According to the US DOJ, he essentially transferred illegally acquired money on behalf of, and at the command of, others.
On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, a news statement claimed that “they reportedly functioned as money mules in regard to various mail and wire fraud schemes, including internet fraud and romance scams.”
According to US prosecutors, Anim allegedly constructed fictitious online personas to seduce people into romantic relationships and persuade them to donate money to business and bank accounts he opened.
According to reports, FBI agents disclosed that the fraud involved the transfer of more than $5 million and had dozens of victims.
Furthermore, Mr. Anim is accused of having “created and maintained bank accounts to collect earnings from the scams and to distribute the money to himself, his co-conspirators, and overseas.”
His parents and kids reside in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle, but officials claim he spends extended periods of time in the West African nation.
“Anim’s pretrial release was denied, according to Bray [U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray], because of his prior travels to Africa and because the accusations indicate that he was “extremely adept at fooling people,” according to the report.
According to Bray, a significant sum of money that was transferred to accounts under his control is missing. In addition to having touch with a foreign country, he is clearly capable of residing there for as long he desires.
Officials said that there was at least one other unindicted co-conspirator involved in the scheme.