Ghanaian Maurice Asola Fadola charmed his victims - usually widowed pensioners - into sending him cash to fund his luxury gold-plated mansion. A Ghanaian fraudster who posed as an American major general to swindle thousands of pounds from lonely British women he met through online dating sites has been jailed.
Maurice Asola Fadola charmed vulnerable lonely women during his 'Rom Con' scam, sending flowers on their birthdays and bombarding them with flattering messages and poetry. But he would soon claim to be in some sort of financial difficulty and ask the Dating website scams ghana women widowed pensioners to send cash his way - which he used to pay for a lavish gold-plated mansion in his home country.
The conman, believed to be in his 40s, has now been unmasked as one of the world's most prolific online dating fraudsters as his callous crimes left some victims penniless and even HOMELESS.
At least 19 British victims were spun an elaborate web of lies as Fadola used pictures of US Army servicemen plundered from the web to claim "Dating website scams ghana women" was serving in Iraq and needed cash for emergency medical treatment, customs charges or even to buy his way out of the army. After almost three years of heartache and accusations, Fadola has now been sentenced in his native country to five years in prison and ordered to repay his victims in full.
One victim, year-old grandmother Katherine Clark from Southsea, Hampshire, travelled to Ghana to give evidence against Fadola. She had lost her husband 30 years previously and was charmed by the conman, who this time claimed to be a British named Bruce living in London.
Speaking to Sky News inshe said: It was a nice feeling.
Fadola soon told Ms Clark he was moving to Ghana and encouraged her to send money to him to invest in a mining company. She even travelled to the West African country at one point to meet 'Bruce' and encountered Fadola - who was pretending to be Bruce's driver. He took her to Fadola's luxury marble-clad mansion, showed her a case of gold to prove the investment was genuine and then said Bruce was in prison and Dating website scams ghana women her money for bail.
Speaking to the Daily Mail after he was unmasked, she said: Fadola was snared when he tried to obtain a British visa which disclosed his true identity to the National Crime Agencywho were investigating a case where a disabled woman had been persuaded to sell her house and send funds to Ghana.
He is believed to have targeted women across Britain, France, Sweden, Italy and the US and was found guilty of more than 20 offences stemming from his trial. Maurice Asola Fadola with the luxurious mansion funded by his crimes Image: Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice. Subscribe to our Daily news newsletter Enter email Subscribe. More On Dating Fraud Crime.
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