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Dating site scammer stole $1.1 million from victims

Dating site scammer stole $1.1 million from victims
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: You have to be careful online!

In a not-so-uncommon case, a Maryland man has been indicted on 11 counts of fraud. Krist Koranteng, 32, has been charged with searching online dating sites and targeting senior citizens to bilk money from between September 2012 and February 2014.

Four other names were listed with Koranteng's, but only he has been taken to court.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, said the investigation into the involvement of the alleged co-conspirators was still underway.

"No one else has been charged," Murphy said. "I can't comment beyond that."

Koranteng and four others allegedly searched for elderly victims on online dating sites like Match.com and Chemistry.com. They then pursued a "romantic relationship with elderly men and women" and used false promises to get their victims to send money.

Officials seized over $250,000 at the time of Koranteng's arrest in various accounts under the other listed names allegedly connected to this potential fraud ring.

Koranteng could face up to 20 years for each of the eight counts of wire and mail fraud, and up to 10 years each for the three counts of money laundering, totaling up to $1.1 million in fraud.

 

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Source: Reuters
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