A Newark man is going to prison for an online romance scam.
Last April, Mahmoud Bowler, 40, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and four counts of wire fraud following a four-year trial. days.
On Thursday, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Federal authorities say from February 2015 to June 2019, Bowler and a co-conspirator participated in an online romance scheme.
Bowler’s conspirator created a fraudulent profile on an online dating site, then pretended to begin a romantic relationship with a woman living in Florida. In the online profile, Bowler’s conspirator falsely stated that he and a company he owned had secured a multimillion-dollar oil contract. After establishing a virtual romantic relationship with the victim, the conspirator repeatedly solicited alleged loans from the victim, claiming that she could not access her own accounts because a foreign government had frozen her assets.
In mid-2018, the victim was ordered to wire money to Bowler’s bank account four times.
After receiving the funds, Bowler withdrew some cash, sent money to others in Ghana through a money transmitter, and transferred some of the money to members of his family who were also in Ghana.
Once released from prison, Bowler will have less than three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $44,821.
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