A Virginia man is charged with preying on lonely women in the Kansas City area, and across the country, swindling them for more than $5 million.
A federal grand jury in Kansas City indicted Henry N. Asomani for a wire fraud conspiracy that victimized 13 people over a two-year period.
Asomani, 33, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ghana, was arrested in Virginia.
The indictment alleges that Asomani and other conspirators contacted people who had posted ads on online dating sites such as ChristianMingle.com, or through their Facebook pages.
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Conspirators used various phony stories to convince victims to send them money.
One Lee’s Summit widow, whose husband had died of cancer, lost more than $3.2 million she thought was for an investment in a gold mine in Ghana, according to the indictment.
Another victim from Leawood, who was contacted on Facebook, ended up losing about $800,000.
Of the more than $5 million lost by victims of the conspiracy, Asomani allegedly received $2,993,354, according to the indictment.
The case involving Asomani was the second “romance fraud” case filed by federal prosecutors in Kansas City this month.
A suspect in that case was arrested at Kansas City International Airport as he prepared to leave the United States.