Ghanaian man arrested in the US for $5 million romance fraud

A Ghanaian man living in the United States has been detained for his alleged involvement in a $5 million nationwide romance fraud scheme. 

Kenneth Anim, 38, allegedly committed the illegal act between 2014 and 2019. He is a dual citizen of Ghana and the United States. 

The defendant and his accomplices built individual fictitious businesses through which money was laundered, according to an FBI investigation. 

In a news release on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, the US Department of Justice stated that "they are reportedly involved in numerous mail and wire fraud schemes, including internet fraud and romance scams, as money mules." 

Anim had previously lived in Richmond and Houston. According to US prosecutors, he allegedly constructed fictitious online personas to seduce others into romantic relationships and persuade them to pay money to company and bank accounts he opened. 

According to reports, FBI agents disclosed that the fraud involved the transfer of more than $5 million and had dozens of victims. 

Furthermore, Mr. Anim is accused of having "created and maintained bank accounts to collect earnings from the scams and to distribute the money to himself, his co-conspirators, and overseas." 

There are five counts of criminal activity against Anim. 

He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.


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