Ronayerin K. Ogolor, 50, a naturalized U. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. By pleading guilty today, Ogolor admitted that he participated in a conspiracy since that targeted people, some of them elderly, in search of companionship or romance through online websites such as Facebook, ChristianMingle.
The perpetrators of the romance scams created several profiles on online dating sites. Conspirators then contacted men and women throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, with whom they cultivated a sense of affection and often romance. Conspirators directed the victims to wire transfer or deposit money into various bank s, including s established and maintained by Ogolor.
On other occasions, conspirators fraudulently obtained checks through business compromise, and had the victims deposit the checks into their s and wire and deposit money into various s, including s established and maintained by Ogolor.
By using victims to deposit the checks and distribute the money, the conspirators distanced themselves from the business hacking and fraud. In furtherance of the scheme, Ogolor opened several bank s in his name and in the names of sham businesses.
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Court documents refer to 13 victims in Alabama, Ohio, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, California, and Italy who each sent tens of thousands of dollars to Ogolor. Another victim in Texas, who believed a co-conspirator was a widower and U.
Under federal statutes, Ogolor is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole.
The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. Attorney Kathleen D. You are here U. Attorneys » Western District of Missouri » News.
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