Nigerian resident in Texas, Rotimi Oladimeji, has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in orchestrating a $1.2 million fraudulent scheme through online dating platforms.
Oladimeji, part of a larger group that included co-conspirators from both Nigeria and the U.S., was found guilty of manipulating an individual through the “Silver Singles” dating site.
The scam involved creating a fictitious persona of a Belgian veterinarian supposedly based in St. Louis, Missouri. Employing deceptive profiles and fabricated narratives, the group manipulated the victim into believing in a fabricated emergency in Dubai.
This manipulation compelled the victim to transfer substantial funds to purportedly aid the veterinarian’s fictitious escape from a contrived predicament.
Oladimeji, after pleading guilty to multiple charges including mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy, faced a three-year prison sentence.
His accomplices, Olumide Akrinmade and Adewale Adesanya, were similarly implicated in the scam. Akrinmade received a 15-month sentence, while Adesanya faced a four-year sentence.
Both accomplices were directed to reimburse the entire defrauded amount to the victim as part of their sentencing.