Two men New York and New Jersey started online relationships with Pennsylvania residents to try to persuade them to fork over more than $160,000, federal prosecutors said.
From June 2018 to March 2020, U.S. Attorney David Freed said 27-year-old Kelvin Aggrey-Arthur, of Newark, New Jersey, and 32-year-old Ibrahim Adam, formerly of New York City, started relationships with people they met online.
Once they were in a relationship, Aggrey-Arthur and Adam asked their partners to send them money for travel, medical, housing and educational purposes, as well as other expenses, Freed said.
Prosecutors estimate the men asked for more than $160,000.
Aggrey-Arthur and Adam were indicted Wednesday for wire fraud and conspiring to commit wire fraud.
The men face up to 20 years in federal prison, probation and fines if they are found guilty.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Susquehanna Township Police Department and Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division investigated the case.
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