This is so gross. Some people turn to a dating service because they may be lonely and are looking for love.  They want to spend holidays with someone, make fun memories and fulfill the human need to love and be loved.  Sadly at least 40 people took the step to engage in online dating and they ended up getting their money stolen with no chance of a fairy tale ending because it was all a scam.

A man from South Jersey admitted he was a part of a dating scheme that cheated 40 people out of 1.4 million dollars with no chance at love.

Rubbin Sarpong of Millville, plead guilty to breaking hearts and emptying wallets.

The operation created fraudulent dating profiles and pretended the owners of these various profiles were United States military personnel who were stationed overseas looking for love.  After catfishing a potential mate, the owner of the "profile" would ask for money to ship home bars of gold.  Of course they promised to pay the money back...except the owner of the profile did not even exist and the money was never getting returned.

The conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering (charges he pled guilty to) each carry 20 years in prison.  Sarpong agreed to make restitution of $1.76 million, and to pay $387,923 in taxes owed to the IRS. I really hope that the people that got duped are getting paid back (we know the government will)!  I know in Jersey we don't trust anyone and things like this are the reason why.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 21, 2022.  You can read all the details on The Patch here.

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