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Man Tied to ‘Romance Scam’ Fraud Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison


A Chicago resident who fled the country after being charged in connection with a multimillion-dollar “romance fraud” scheme has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison.

A U.S. district judge in Chicago on Wednesday sentenced Olaniyi Nasiru Ojikutu, 39, to 88 months in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to a count of wire fraud. He and nine others were charged as part of “Operation Gold Phish” — an investigation into cyber scams that primarily targeted elderly victims.


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