A US-based Ghanaian has been arrested for fraud and money laundering to the tune of more than $5 million.
The suspect, identified as Henry N. Asomani, is a naturalised US citizen who resides in Dumfries, Va. but was born in Ghana.
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Charged him in a six-count indictment for his role in the wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.
Although the indictment has been made public, Asomani remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.
The indictments states that 13 victims lost a total of $5,075,569 in the wire fraud conspiracy over an approximately two-year period from September 2015 and October 2017.
The suspect is alleged to have received a total of $2,993,354 from victims across the United States, including three victims in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
These frauds (romance frauds) were carried out through various online dating websites, the indictment said.
Asomani and other unknown co-conspirators reportedly impersonated individuals who were involved in businesses overseas.
They managed to lure the victims into believing that they needed funds to help with moving gold from a foreign country, of which, they said, the profits would be shared when the gold is returned to the United States.
However, the victims were later left frustrated, having not received any gold from the co-conspirators despite being promised.
The indictment states that Asomani wired $1,789,416 from his bank accounts in the United States to bank accounts in Ghana.
The suspect is also reported to have shipped 18 vehicles to Ghana, having a declared value of approximately $284,190.
His charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering.
He will, therefore, be required to forfeit any property derived from the proceeds of his alleged violation to the US government.
These include $2,993,354 and a 2019 silver Lexus NX300 which he owns.
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