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March 5, 2014

Fake soldier indicted for wooing and defrauding woman

Federal prosecutors say a man from Nigeria pretended to be a U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan to woo and bilk American women.

Federal prosecutors say a man from Nigeria pretended to be a U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan to woo and bilk American women.

Adagun Moshood Olalekan set up fake online profiles from September through February, including one where he pretended to be “Lt. Col. Cadin Cayce Webb” and used the photos of a real soldier stationed in Afghanistan, his indictment says.

Olalekan used those profiles on dating sites like Zoosk.com, where he claimed to be widower with a 16-year-old daughter, and romanced American women via “romantic emails and instant messages” and “false promises of marriage,” the indictment claims.

Olalekan then manipulated the women into wiring him thousands of dollars by claiming his grandmother needed medical treatment for mouth cancer, the indictment says.

Olalekan was indicted on four wire fraud charges Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, for four payments sent by someone from Collinsville totaling $1,061.

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