HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — A federal jury convicted a man for his involvement in a Huntington-based scam that defrauded victims in various states through the use of fake online profiles.
Trial evidence showed that Abdul Inusah, 31, of Ghana, was part of a scheme that targeted victims using fake personas via email, text messaging, online dating and social media.
From around Jan. 2018 through about Dec. 2019, the scheme led victims to believe they were in a romantic relationship, friendship or business deal with the fake profile. The victims were persuaded to send money for various fraudulent reasons for the benefit of Inusah and his codefendants.
One fake persona, “Miarma,” influenced an Alabama resident into wiring $106,000. The amount was part of $48,000 to pay overdue taxes on a nonexistent gold inheritance in Ghana, and $21,000 was sent to a company set up by Inusah. Another false profile, “Grace,”…