By Tiffany Williams –

Today, at the United States District Court in Boston, Macpherson Osemwegie, 32, a Nigerian national residing in Boston pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.

In pleading guilty, Osemwegie admitted that he conspired with others to participate in a series of romance and other online scams designed to defraud victims into sending money to accounts and debit cards that Osemwegie and others controlled.

These romance scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. The scammer then uses the illusion of a romantic or close relationship to manipulate and/or steal from the victim.

To carry out these schemes, Osemwegie and his co-conspirators used false foreign passports in others’ names to open numerous bank accounts, and in turn directed their victims to send money to these accounts.

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled Osemwegie to be sentenced on January 27, 2022.

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