Dayton man sentenced to 20 years in African prince fraud scheme

Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton man faces up to 20 years in prison for a fraudulent plot to impersonate a Prince of Ghana to steal more than $800,000 from his victims.

Darryl Harrison, 44, was found guilty of 10 counts of various federal fraud charges. According to his Sept. 19 release of attorney Kenneth L. Parker, he was convicted of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and witness tampering.

From January 2014 to September 2020, Harrison deceived victims into thinking they were investing in trucking and mining companies in Africa, according to court documents and trial testimony.

Harrison posed as an Afro-Ghanaian prince, calling himself both Prince Darryl Attipaw and the Prophet Darryl Attipaw.

He told investors that he has a direct relationship with these companies and can expect a 28-33% return on investment.

Harrison and his stepfather claimed to be pastors of the Power House of Prayer Ministries, which sponsors religious services at various church facilities and private residences in the Dayton, Colorado area and Parker. Many investor victims were congregation members.

Harrison regularly withdrew thousands of dollars in cash from the ministry’s bank account shortly after receiving the investment. He and his stepfather used the investment funds to rent a house in Colorado and buy luxury cars, plane tickets, hotel accommodations, and rental cars.

Harrison is expected to be found guilty at an upcoming hearing. Dayton man sentenced to 20 years in African prince fraud scheme

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