- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A man from Nigeria has been convicted in Maryland of helping to scam elderly victims out of thousands of dollars.

WJLA reported Wednesday that Seun Banjo Ojedokun, 37, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a federal court in Greenbelt. He faces up to 20 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Authorities said that the Nigerian national was part of a conspiracy that stole from vulnerable and elderly victims across the United States.

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said that the “deceit used to steal from these victims was heartless, considering how vulnerable and financially devastated they were.”

Authorities said the scheme involved the setting up of dating profiles on websites in order to initiate romantic relationships with men and women. Authorities said they asked for money from victims for plane tickets to come visit them or to pay for hospital bills.

Authorities said that Ojedokun was in Nigeria when he participated in the scams but was arrested when he came back into the U.S. for school.

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