Federal authorities have arrested a New Jersey man who they say has conned nearly three dozen women seeking romance on dating websites out of millions, leading to one committing suicide.  

Rubbin Sarpong, 35, of
Millville, New Jersey was the ring leader of the international swindling
operation that tricked 30 women into sending him and his accomplices a
total of $2.1 million, according to federal prosecutors. 

He has been charged in federal court with a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. 

On Wednesday, the conniving Casanova asked a judge to assign him to a public defender, claiming he didn’t have enough money to pay for an attorney, according to CBS Philly.

Sarpong’s apparent real-life fiance was seen walking to the courtroom the same day.

‘You better get that camera out my face,’ she snapped at a local TV news crew. 

Sarpong’s
Instagram page is filled with pictures and videos of him showing off
gold jewelry, Rolex watches, fancy dinners, and stacks of money in
addition to high-end clothes, top-shelf liquor and luxury cars, using
hashtags like #RichN*ggaSh*t. 

‘LivingHighLifeStyle… Let Them Hate #RichLifeStyle,’ he wrote in the caption of an August 13, 2018 photo.

A September 20, 2017 Instagram video shows a small child smoking a hookah. Sarpong said the little girl was his daughter.

‘I left my daughter for one minute to use the bathroom… now look what I came back and see,’ he wrote in the video caption.

She been watching me for long,’ he continued. ‘I guess we might as well start smoking together from now on.’  

For the last three years, Sarpong
conspired with three other men from Ghana to trick 30 women into wiring
him money through several bank accounts under false pretenses, according
to a criminal complaint filed at the U.S. District Court of New Jersey
on Tuesday. 

FBI agents said the group
used fake or stolen identities and contacted their victims through
dating websites including Plenty of Fish, OurTime.com and Match.com,
posing as U.S. military members stationed overseas in at least some
instances. 

‘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 sworn testimony. 

‘As
part of their scheme, the co-conspirators also created numerous email
accounts and Voice over Internet Protocol (hereafter “VoIP”) phone
numbers, which they used to communicate with victims.’

Authorities
said Sarpong and his crew laundered the money through New Jersey bank
accounts and distributed it through co-conspirators in Ghana.

FBI agents said Sarpong's group used fake or stolen identities and contacted their victims through dating websites including Plenty of Fish, OurTime.com and Match.com, posing as U.S. military members stationed overseas in at least some instances

Court documents state: ‘Of the 30 victims identified to date, 27 victims sent approximately $823,386 directly to SARPONG, primarily by wiring monies directly to bank accounts controlled by SARPONG or by transferring monies directly to SARPONG through money transmit services,’ prosecutors claim in their complaint. ‘SARPONG received much of the fraudulently obtained proceeds via bank wire transfer, and sometimes bank counter deposit, into a myriad of bank accounts he established at several financial institutions.’

In
May of 2018, one of Sarpong’s accomplices sent an email to a woman
while pretending to be a diplomat named Alwin Rolf Lyss, prosecutors
said.

The scammer told the victim his
overseas unit had found millions in gold bars and that he was gifted
with a box of them worth $12 million before asking the naive woman send
him money to help him get the gold to the U.S.

Between May 22, 2018 and June 12, 2018, the victim sent the men an estimated $93,710 to two U.S. bank accounts.

Two
days later, she committed suicide. The victim’s daughter told
investigators her mother told her she was going to the airport to meet
her mystery lover with the gold.

She was found dead on June 14, 2018.

The FBI finally tracked down and arrested Sarpong on Wednesday.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. 

Source: Dailymail



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