A Dorchester man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in online romance scams targeting individuals in the United States.
Mike Oziegbe Amiegbe, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to six months in prison, three months of home confinement, and three years of supervised release. Amiegbe was also ordered to pay $828,325 in forfeiture and restitution to victims. In February 2022, Amiegbe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
From 2017 through 2020, Amiegbe opened bank accounts using fake passports in others’ names to receive the proceeds from online scams, including romance scams. The romance scammers used fake identities to communicate with victims through online social networks and gained the victims’ affection and trust. The scammers then tricked the victims into sending money to Amiegbe. After Amiegbe received the victims’ money, he withdrew the fraud proceeds in cash or with a cashier’s check and sent the money to his co-conspirators overseas.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Michael J. Krol, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division; Jonathan Davidson, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; and William Kalb, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Office of Investigations, New York Field Office made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Markham and Kristen Kearney of the Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.