Pair sentenced in online dating scam
OKLAHOMA CITY A federal judge in Oklahoma City has sentenced two Houston residents to prison for their roles in an online dating scam that conned victims in multiple states out of millions of dollars.
Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti sentenced Ken Ejimofor Ezeah, 35, to 11 years in prison and Akunna Baiyina Ejiofor, 33 to serve 7 years. The two also were ordered to pay about $4.7 million in restitution to 10 victims.
Prosecutors say the online scam used popular dating sites, including ChristianMingle.com and Match.com, to befriend and then defraud older, vulnerable women. Ezeah and Ejiofor were charged with wire fraud, which involved creating dating profiles under the persona "Edward Peter Duffey," a fictitious financial adviser from England. Prosecutors say the conspirators would build emotional relationships with the dating site users and eventually persuade them to transfer money for fake investments.
Prosecutors alleged that Ejiofor's role included setting up the fraudulent profiles, acquiring bank accounts for the transfers and speaking on the phone with victims as "Duffey's" daughter.