Ghanaian arrested in US over $5m romance scam
A Ghanaian has been arrested in the United States for his alleged role in a romance scam syndicate valued at an estimated $5 million.
Kenneth Anim, if convicted, may face up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $500,000 maximum fine.
The US Department of Justice indicates that the suspect and his co-conspirators created fake businesses through which money was laundered.
An investigation conducted by the FBI noted that he allegedly played the role of a money mule in the suspicious operation, according to U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery.
Kenneth, 38, who holds citizenship in both Ghana and the US allegedly perpetrated the illegality between 2014 and 2019.
Essentially, he was a person who transfers illegally-acquired money on behalf of, and at the direction of others, per the US DOJ’s assessment.
“They allegedly operated as money mules in relation to various mail and wire fraud schemes, including internet fraud and romance scams,” the press release said on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
Anim reportedly created fake online personas to trick people into romantic relationships and convince them to send money to business and bank accounts he opened, US prosecutors said.
FBI agents are reported to have revealed that the scheme had dozens of victims and involved the transfer of more than $5 million.
Officials said that there was at least one other unindicted co-conspirator involved in the scheme.