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Nigerian man’s wedding called off after arrest for $3.1m romance scam

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The wedding ceremony between a Nigerian man identified as Darlington Akporugo, and his fiancée, Jasmin Sood, which was to take place on May 25 in the United States of America was truncated after the couple were arrested for alleged fraud.

The couple was arrested in April on charges of conspiring to defraud more than a dozen elderly Americans who believed they were engaged in online romantic relationships with Akporugo.

The US Department of Homeland Security accused the 46-year-old Nigerian and Sood, 35, of committing a mail and wire fraud that cost the victims $3.123 million.

According to investigators, between approximately 2015 and 2022, the fraudsters allegedly used fictitious personas and contacted elderly victims online who were often widowed.

The indictment alleges they used social networking and internet dating platforms and communicated with victims using email, text message and telephone to gain their trust.

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