- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Silver Spring man has been convicted of running a romance scam on the internet that defrauded victims of more than $600,000.

A federal jury in Greenbelt on Wednesday convicted 27-year-old Evans Appiah on conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, and identity theft charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Appiah and his co-conspirators initiated romantic relationships with men and women they found on dating websites.

Prosecutors say after gaining the victims’ trust, Appiah and his co-conspirators began asking victims to send them money.

Appiah faces a maximum of 20 years in prison at sentencing on Aug. 29.

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