A Nigerian, Ronayerin Ogolor, who naturalized in the US has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after he admitted to running an elaborate romance scam and bilking more than a dozen people in the US and abroad out of nearly $900,000.
The 51 old who lives in Kansas City, laws jailed by US Chief District Judge Beth Phillips who also ordered the convicted con artist to pay $871,739 in restitution to his 13 victims.
According to a report first published by Daily Mirror, Ogolor pleaded guilty to the offence in October 2019. He accepted responsibility for his role in a scam that targeted singles seeking love, some of them elderly, through Facebook and dating websites ChristianMingle.com and LetsHangout.com.
“According to a statement from the US Department of Justice, since 2013, Ogolor and his accomplices created several bogus online dating profiles then contacted men and women throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, ‘with whom they cultivated a sense of affection and often romance.
“After establishing relationships with their ‘marks’ by communicating with them online and on the phone, Ogolor and his co-conspirators proceeded to ask for money for hospital fees, travel expenses, ‘customs expenses,’ ‘golf import taxes,’ or investment opportunities.
“The con men directed the lovelorn victims to wire transfer or deposit money into various bank accounts, including those opened and maintained by Ogolor,” Daily Mirror had reported.