Ghanaian ‘Sakawa Boy’ In USA Faces 50 Years Imprisonment After Being Convicted Of Fraud And Money Laundering

Abdul Inusah, a fraudster from Ghana, was convicted of fraud and money laundering following a trial in the USA.

 

The Ghanaian was found guilty by a jury in Huntington, West Virginia, of receiving stolen property, conspiring to launder money, and two counts of wire fraud.

 

He will receive a sentence in November and might spend up to 50 years behind bars.

 

A Plan that Used False Personas to Target Victims

 

Inusah was a participant in a plot, according to the prosecution, that used social media, email, text messages, and fictitious personalities to target victims.

Inusah and his accomplices deceived potential victims from January 2018 until at least December 2019 into believing they were involved in a romantic, friendshipal, or professional connection with the intention of later extorting money from them.

 

One false persona, “Miarama,” was used to trick a resident of Alabama into sending $106,000 via wire transfers and cashier’s checks, according to the U.S. Justice Department website. Included in the sum were $21,000 paid to Bitsav Supply LLC, a fictitious firm created by Inusah, and $48,000 to pay back taxes on a nonexistent gold windfall in Ghana.

Another fake identity, “Grace,” convinced a Washington resident to wire money so that “Grace” could keep running her cocoa plantation in South Africa and come to the US to wed the victim. Residents of Ohio and Florida were among the other victims of the phony identities.

 

Following Inusah’s conviction, US Attorney Will Thompson stated: “It is extremely terrible how this conspiracy targeted those who were particularly vulnerable, such as after the passing of a long-term spouse. Some of the victims did not recognize themselves as victims and persisted in holding onto the mistaken belief that their interactions with these false personas were real.

“I appreciate the investigative work of the West Virginia State Police, the South Charleston Police Department, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG), the United States Secret Service, and the United States Postal Inspection Service,” Thompson continued. I also commend our trial team, Assistant United States Attorneys Kathleen Robeson and R. Gregory McVey, for presenting the jury with this difficult fraud case.

Ghanaian ‘Sakawa Boy’ In USA Faces 50 Years Imprisonment After Being Convicted Of Fraud And Money Laundering
Ghanaian ‘Sakawa Boy’ In USA Faces 50 Years Imprisonment After Being Convicted Of Fraud And Money Laundering

Although it hasn’t been proved, some reports claim that Inusah is the son of a former minister and member of parliament from Ghana.

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