Romance Scam: Ghanaian Arrested In The U.S. For Alleged Role In $5 Million Fraud

Romance Scam: Ghanaian Arrested In The U.S. For Alleged Role In $5 Million Fraud

  • A young Ghanaian guy based in the US is in the grips of the US authorities for his alleged involvement in an extensive crime syndicate
  • Kenneth Anim, 38, was arrested on July 12 after the FBI led an investigation to unravel his alleged involvement in various criminal activities, including romance scam
  • If convicted, Anim faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $500,000 maximum fine

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A young Ghanaian man is in the grips of the United States law enforcement authorities for allegedly abetting various criminal activities, including romance scams, to the tune of $5 million.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kenneth Anim, 38, and his co-conspirator created individual sham businesses from 2014 to 2019. They also allegedly operated as money mules concerning various mail and wire fraud schemes, including internet fraud and romance scams.

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"If convicted, Anim faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $500,000 maximum fine," the Office said in a release on its website.
Man in cuffs
An alleged gang member handcuffed outside of a detention center. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

According to the U.S. authorities, Kenneth, who holds both U.S. and Ghanaian citizenship, is the main person who allegedly transfers illegally-acquired money on behalf of and at the direction of others in the crime syndicate.

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that FBI young Kenneth allegedly played the role of a money mule in the suspicious operation.

Dozens of unsuspecting people have been victims of the crime syndicate that has stolen more than $5 million from them.

Although Kenneth Anim's parents and children live in Houston, he spends months at a time in Ghana, officials said.

Kenneth Anim was taken into custody on July 12, 2022, and made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray on the same day.

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2 Ghanaians Sentenced for their Role in Scamming US Man Out of Over $500K

Meanwhile, reported in a previous story that Ghanaian nationals, Linda Mbimadong and Richard Broni have been sentenced to prison for their role in a scam that fleeced a US man out of over $500,000.

The two were sentenced in Alexandria federal court Friday to 36 months and 19 months in prison, respectively, for laundering money for scammers in exchange for a cut of the proceeds, The Washington Post reports.

The victim, a 78-year-old man from Annandale in Virginia, US, had gone on the social media network iFlirt to find companionship.

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