A federal grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted two men accused of running an online romance scam that conned victims out of $92,000.
Investigators claim in the U.S. Middle District Court case that Kelvin Aggrey-Arthur and Ibrahim Adam created false identities online, then cultivated bogus relationships with their targets.
They say the pair, possibly based in the west African nation of Ghana, used aliases and stolen photographs to create online dating accounts. Often, they claimed to be military personnel stationed overseas, the feds say.
The indictment states that Aggrey-Arthur and Adam found their victims on such sites as Zoosk, Match and Plenty of Fish between June 2018 and this past March.
Once they developed the online relationships, the two would tell the victims about fake financial troubles and ask for money via wire transfers, investigators said. The indictment states there were at least seven victims.
Aggrey-Arthur and Adam are charged with four counts of wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also is seeking the forfeiture of all the money they are accused of stealing.