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2 men plead guilty to laundering $750K from a dating scam

March 20, 2020 GMT

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two men pleaded guilty in an online dating scheme where a Kentucky woman was scammed out of more than $750,000.

Kahad A. Wuupini, of Seattle, Washington, and Thomas D. Inkoom, of Newark, New Jersey, each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Court records said the two men led the woman to believe she was dating an Army sergeant named James Nehmer.

The men convinced the woman to send them cash and checks for an investment that didn’t exist, records said. The woman sent $757,000 to the men in about four months, in transfers as large as $95,000, records said.

Both men are African natives who laundered the money to people and businesses in the U.S. and Ghana, records said.

A third man, Baaki Abdul Majeed, of Seattle is also involved in the case. His trial is scheduled for June 1.

Wuupini and Inkoom will be sentenced in July. The two men each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.