Wedding canceled after couple arrested for alleged $3 million fraud

A wedding planned for Saturday has taken a dramatic turn when soon-to-be-married couple Darlington Akporugo, 46, and Jasmin Sood, 35, have been arrested on charges of defrauding older Americans of more than $3 million through of online romance scams.

Information provided on the wedding website revealed that the ceremony was scheduled for May 25 in Houston, Texas.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, Akporugo and Sood allegedly conspired for more than seven years, targeting widowed victims on social media and dating platforms.

A USAO statement in April said: “A Nigerian man who resided in Fulshear will appear in court on allegations that he conspired to defraud more than a dozen older Americans who thought they were having romantic relationships online and sent millions to a network. of scammers. , announced United States Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

“Darlington Akporugo, 46, is scheduled for a detention hearing at 9 a.m. before Federal Judge Andrew Edison. Akporugo allegedly conspired with Jasmin Sood, 35, also of Fulshear, to commit mail and wire fraud.”

The statement further mentions that the fraudulent act took place between 2015 and 2022, while they cultivated the trust of their targets, eventually convincing them to transfer substantial sums of money to various accounts, allegedly controlled by Akporugo and Sood.

He claimed they defrauded no fewer than 13 victims out of $3,123,073, and a forfeiture notice was issued for all ill-gotten proceeds derived from the scam.

It said: “The indictment also charges Akporugo with aggravated identity theft and fraud in relation to an access device.

“The scheme allegedly resulted in at least 13 victims being defrauded of approximately $3,123,073. The indictment includes a notice of forfeiture of all illegally obtained proceeds from the fraud scheme.”

The prosecution revealed that if convicted, both face up to 30 years in prison.

“If convicted, both face up to 30 years in prison on each of the wire fraud and conspiracy charges. Akporugo faces an additional 10 years for fraud in relation to an access device and another mandatory two years if he is convicted of aggravated identity theft,” he added.

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