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Ghanaian impersonating a local convicted of online dating fraud scheme

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Ghanaian man convicted of online dating fraud scheme (Photo by Sora Shimazaki from Pexels)

NORFOLK – The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that a Ghanaian man has been convicted of wire fraud in a scheme to defraud victims on a dating site.

Richard Yaw Dorpe, a 38-year-old Ghanaian national, impersonated a 57-year-old single man from Virginia Beach on the website, Our time, an online dating forum for people over 50.

In his deception, Dorpe claimed to be a jeweler who traveled overseas to purchase gold and other jewelry before returning home to Virginia Beach.

On the website, he met a 68-year-old widow from Chesapeake who was identified only as EF. Between August 2016 and January 2017, the two maintained an online romantic relationship where Dorpe scammed EF with freebies that included clothes, jewelry, a computer, a watch and over $ 300,000.

The FBI notes that after EF realized she was being scammed, she was contacted by the agency.

Last January, Ghana approved the United States’ request to extradite Dorpe and the FBI took him to the Eastern District of Virginia to face charges in connection with the scheme. In May, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud. On September 10, Dorpe was sentenced to forty months in prison.

“The accused repeatedly and shamelessly defrauded a recently widowed victim with various manipulative tactics, leaving her in financial ruin,” said Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Raj Parekh. “As this case shows, reporting these scams to law enforcement helps us uncover the fraud schemes and bring crooks like this defendant to justice.”

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) notes that combating elder abuse and financial fraud targeting the elderly remains a top priority. Elder abuse is defined by the Department of Justice as an intentional or negligent act committed by anyone who causes harm or serious risk of harm to an older person. There are five subtypes of elder abuse: physical abuse, financial fraud, scams and exploitation, caregiver neglect and abandonment, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse.

If you or someone you know might need help with a suspected elder abuse, we encourage you to report it to Adult Protective Service Hotline at (888) 832-3858. Reports can also be sent to Virginia Department of Social Services by calling (800) 552-7096 or, for those out of state, (804) 786-8536. People who are hard of hearing can call (800) 828-1120.

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