COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A Canal Winchester man who made $1.3 million from a catfish phishing scam faces jail time and is obliged to pay money laundering victims.
Seth Nyamekiye, 40, was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in prison, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Kenneth Parker. A federal grand jury found her Nyamekye guilty of laundering her 35 counts of money in June.
Nyameke acted as a middleman in an online romance scam group From at least June 2016 to February 2018, perpetrators created digital dating profiles, lured victims with romantic gestures, and demanded money for investments and other needs. Nyamekye did not defraud victims themselves through these profiles, but laundered funds collected by other scammers.
“This defendant has helped scammers prey on vulnerable people’s desire for love and connection,” Parker said in a press release Thursday. and made a financial deal to give money to the Ghanaian co-conspirator, who deserves the sentence he received today.”
Two victims were scammed by people posing as military personnel. They transferred a total of over $240,000 to his account, Gloseth Ventures LLC, which was actually his Nyamekye account.
Another woman — convinced by a scammer to be engaged to someone she believed appeared on her dating profile — wired $50,000. At least eight of her victims have transferred money to her Nyamekye account.
Edward Amankwar, 45, of Westerville He pleaded guilty to money laundering in a similar online romance fraud case in September.In that case, Amankwah earned around $4.3 million.
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