RUBBIN SARPONG SCAMS WOMEN THROUGH ONLINE DATING SITES
New Jersey Man Allegedly Scammed $2 Million From Women Through Dating Sites
A New Jersey man, Rubbin Sarpong, 35, allegedly scammed dozens of women out of more than $2 million by posing as a US service member, who was stationed overseas and looking for love on internet dating sites, according to federal prosecutors.
Rubbin Sarpong allegedly “woo” his victims online and then convince them to send him money under the promise that he’d be sending back “gold bars” from the Middle East. He and his syndicates in Ghana allegedly scammed over 30 women from January, 2016 through September, 2019.
Prosecutors say “He uses myriad email accounts and Voice Over Internet protocol phone numbers.” Sarpong and his syndicates communicated with over 30 women and instructed them to wire them money. Victims wired money directly to Sarpong and his conspirators’ bank accounts.
“Occasionally, victims also mailed personal checks or cashier’s checks to the conspirators and also transferred money to the conspirators via money transfer services, such as Western Union and MoneyGram,” Department of Justice officials said. “The funds were not used for the purposes claimed by the conspirators—that is, to transport non-existent gold bars to the United States—but were instead withdrawn in cash, wired to other domestic bank accounts, and wired to other conspirators in Ghana.”
The New York Times reports that one of his victims killed herself after Sarpong failed to show up at the Baltimore airport he promised he would. He told her that he would bring her “two trunks with ‘family treasure'” from Syria worth $12 million. Sarpong allegedly told the woman that he was a United States soldier and that he was stationed abroad.
Sarpong has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. In total, he allegedly received $823,386 from the total of $2.1 million him and his team received from the victims. The maximum sentence he could receive is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
June 26, 2020