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A Fort Liberty soldier was sentenced to more than three years in prison for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from victims in a romance scam.

According to a press release from the United States District Attorney’s Office, Sanda Frimpong, 33, who was stationed at Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg) until his arrest in 2023, pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering in September.

Frimpong is accused of impersonating love interests, diplomats, customs personnel, military personnel and others to gain victims’ trust, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Gaining access to victims’ inheritance and property, he is accused of laundering thousands of dollars to personal bank accounts across state lines and through contacts in Ghana.

Frimpong was an active-duty service member at Fort Liberty at the time of the crimes, officials said.

In addition to his prison sentence, Frimpong was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to victims.

“Romance scammers exploit our most vulnerable citizens, even our seniors and military veterans, sometimes leaving them financially and emotionally devastated,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “The fact that an Army servicemember was involved in romance scams while serving as a soldier is appalling.”

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