3 central Ohio men plead guilty in $2.4 million online romance scam

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The three men would create multiple online dating profiles, ask for money and then not use the money for the reasons they told their victims.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Lewis Center man pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday for his role in conspiring to launder $2.4 million from online romance scams for about two years.

Eric Ahiekpor, 50, also admitted to fraudulently misapplying CARES Act loan funds to buy himself boats while out on release from his initial charges, according to acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Vipal Patel.

Kwame Yeboah of Columbus and Robert Asante of Canal Winchester also pleaded guilty in the money laundering scheme.

According to court documents,…

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