3 charged with wire fraud through romance, inheritance scams

The trio used websites, including Match.com OKCupid.com to lure victims, prosecutors said. In another scheme, they pretended to be a firm offering inheritance payments.

SHARE 3 charged with wire fraud through romance, inheritance scams

Three people are accused of swindling about $750,000 through multiple fraud schemes.

Adobe Stock Photo

Three people are accused of swindling nearly $1 million from people through romance and business fraud schemes.

Samuel Aniukwu, 46, and Anthony Emeka Ibekie, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Aniukwu and Ibeke live in Romeoville and Oswego, respectively. Jennifer Gosha, 48, who lives in west suburban Oak Park faces the same charge.

The trio allegedly gained a person’s trust through a purported romance on social media and dating websites, including Match.com and OKCupid, prosecutors said. The trio then convinced the person to send them money.

In another scheme, they compromised corporate emails and tried soliciting wire transfers, prosecutors said. In the third scheme, the trio told victims they needed to send money in exchange for inheritance payments.

The schemes amassed at least $750,000, according to prosecutors.

Authorities found several devices, including one with bogus letters from Standard Charter Financial Group asking for money during a search of Aniukwu’s home, prosecutors said.

Aniukwu appeared for a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors said. Ibekie is scheduled to appear in court July 24, and Gosha was released after posting bond.

Read more oncrime, and track the city’shomicides.

The Latest
The Illinois law requires all firearms, including 3D printed guns, to have serial numbers. Ghost guns are largely untraceable because they lack such identifying numbers.
Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.
Superimpose a map of tree coverage on the pollution map. Trees use carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They also remove pollution out of the air.
A new state law kicks Jan. 1 requiring lead service lines be replaced with non-lead lines when a meter is installed. That increases the cost of the meter installation, so the city is rushing to install as many meters as possible by year’s end.
The former Bears running back is dealing with his latest setback, a ruptured Achilles tendon.