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Texas resident jailed for role in $2.2 million romance, business email scams

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A resident of Houston, Texas, has been sentenced to over seven years in jail for his role in romance and business scams that netted over $2.2 million in illicit proceeds. 

Akhabue Ehis Onoimoimilin, otherwise known as David Harrison, stood before US District Judge Robert Pitman this week and was sentenced to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay back just over $865,000 in restitution. 

According to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the 29-year-old has been embroiled in romance and Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams since approximately 2015.

Romance scams will often begin with the creation of fake profiles on social media and dating apps. Predators will target individuals and will try to establish trust with their victim, who believes they are a potential romantic partner. 

Requests for money soon follow for fake…

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