A Nigerian national, Mark Arome Okuo, has been indicted by the FBI for running a romance scam.
The 41-year old was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud.
A resident of Canton, Boston, Massachusetts, Okuo has been in police custody since his arrest in March 2021.
According to the US justice department website, the Nigerian participated in a conspiracy involving a romance scam that defrauded victims into sending him money.
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Romance scams are run by creating fake profiles on online dating sites and then finding the ‘right’ victims.
The victims are generally widows or lonely women.
Criminals gain their trust by wooing them then finding a way to start extorting money from them. They use any tactic they can to get their victims to send them money.
Okuo is also alleged to have used fake passports in the name to open different bank accounts to receive the proceeds of his crime.
He then made targeted withdrawals from his different bank accounts in an attempt to escape detection.
The FBI got wind of his activities and arrested him and now been charged.
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He faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, which provides for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million.