November 17, 2021
Scam/Fraud

Lewis Center man pleads guilty to COVID-relief fraud scheme & laundering more than $2.4M related to online romance scams | USAO-SDOH

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Lewis Center man pleaded guilty in federal court today for his role in conspiring to launder the proceeds of online romance scams for roughly two years. He also admitted to fraudulently misapplying CARES Act loan funds to buy himself boats while out on release from his initial charges.

 

Eric Ahiekpor, 50, was indicted by a grand jury in June 2020 and charged by a superseding bill of information in May 2021.

 

In total, as part of the romance scams, bank accounts under Ahiekpor’s control received more than $2.4 million in criminally derived funds.

 

Kwame Yeboah, 37, of Columbus, has also pleaded guilty in…

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