Two Scammers Given Federal Prison Time For $4.6m Dating Fraud


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Two dating scammers have been sentenced to federal prison in the US for their part in a $4.6m internet dating scam.

Ken Ejimofor Ezeah, 35, and Akunna Baiyina Ejiofor, 33, were sentenced to 11 and 7 years, respectfully, for their part in a nationwide dating scam.

The pair were charged earlier this year with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their roles in the scam.

Using sites like ChristianMingle.com, Match.com and OurTime.com, the pair struck up relationships with older women, scamming victims out of millions of dollars.

They pretended to be successful financial advisors and over time the victims entrusted them with their money.

One widow from Oklahoma City lost over $1m in 2016, and another lost $1.1m.

Victims in South Carolina and Michigan also lost $345,000 and $215,000.

Prosecutors believe the scams occurred between May 2014 and January 2016.

And last week United States District Court Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti sentenced Ezeah to 11 years in prison and was ordered to pay $4.6m in restitution to ten individual victims.

Ejiofor also received 7 years in prison and three years of supervised release, owing the same restitution to the victims, that must be paid jointly with Ezeah.