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Ghanaian US army officer jailed 40 months over several romance scams, money laundering

33-year-old previous US Armed force official of Ghanaian plunge, Sanda G. Frimpong has been allowed a 40-month government jail term for laundering cash from a broad series of sentiment tricks.


Frimpong was sentenced on three counts of tax evasion on September 14, 2023, and has been coordinated to repay casualties with a huge number of dollars. The US Lawyer's Office for the Eastern Locale of North Carolina, in a report dated April 18, 2024, nitty gritty Frimpong's contribution in the modern tricks.


These tricks included expecting misleading characters like better halves, ambassadors, customs authorities, and military staff to acquire casualties' trust. The tricks frequently guaranteed close connections, legacies, or other abundance to delude casualties into giving cash or property.


The report uncovered that Frimpong washed a huge number of dollars through his financial balances across state lines and contacts in Ghana, where he was positioned as a deployment ready Armed force part at Post Bragg until soon after his capture in 2023.


Read verbatim the report as captured on justice.gov below:


Sanda G. Frimpong, 33, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to victims for laundering the illicit proceeds of an elaborate series of romance scams. Frimpong pled guilty to three counts of money laundering on September 14, 2023.

“Romance scammers exploit our most vulnerable citizens, even our seniors and military veterans, sometimes leaving them financially and emotionally devastated,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “The fact that an Army servicemember was involved in romance scams while serving as a soldier is appalling. We are partnering with the Department of Defense to drum out fraudsters and money launderers like Frimpong from our military ranks and put them in prison where they belong.”

“Integrity is a core tenet of the armed forces and when servicemembers choose to compromise their integrity for greed, it tarnishes the reputation of all others serving in uniform,” stated Special Agent in Charge Christopher Dillard, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Mid-Atlantic Field Office. “DCIS and its law enforcement partners will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to hold those accountable who cheat government programs and use online scams to prey on the most vulnerable.”

Frimpong and other conspirators, engaged in elaborate scams, impersonating romantic love interests, diplomats, customs personnel, military personnel, and other fictitious personas for the purpose of ensnaring their victims by earning their confidence, including promises of romance, sharing of an inheritance or other riches, or other scenarios intended to fraudulently induce the victims to provide money or property to the conspirators. Frimpong then laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds of these frauds through his various bank accounts across state lines and through his contacts in Ghana. Frimpong was also an active-duty Army servicemember stationed at Fort Bragg during the commission of the offenses up until shortly after his arrest in 2023.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III announced the sentence. Defense Criminal Investigative Service led the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Beraka prosecuted the case.

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