A New Jersey scammer utilized stolen valor, a few accomplices and dating websites to convince lonely women to send him around $2.1 million.
Rubbin Sarpong appeared in federal court on Wednesday, requesting a public defender and claiming he could not afford his own attorney.
Srpong, who has been charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, reportedly headed a multinational scam involving dating websites that earned him millions of dollars in revenue.
Despite claiming he was broke, the scammer frequently flaunted top-shelf items, luxury cars and stacks of cash on social media, using hashtags like #RichN*ggaSh*t.
In one video, he shows a little girl -who he claimed was his daughter- smoking from a hooka.
Over the span of three years, Sarpong conspired with men in Ghana to pose as deployed military personnel, scamming some thirty lonely ladies out of incredible amounts of cash.
“They contacted victims through the dating websites and then pretended to strike up a romantic relationship with them, wooing them with words of love,” FBI agent Dean J. DiPietro wrote in a testimony related to the case.
According to the Daily Mail, Sarpong would launder the money before distributing it to his African partners.
In one tragic case, one woman gave Sarpong’s team $93,710 before killing herself two days later. She had been told that Sarpong -posing as a Soldier- had found millions in gold bars overseas and needed help shipping them back to the USA.
All in all, court records show that 27 out of the thirty identified victims gave Sarpong $823,386, wiring money to a person they thought to be a lonely US Serviceman.
Sarpong faces up to two decades in prison if convicted.
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