Prosecutor Ruth Smith said small amounts spiralled into a fortune after he “brainwashed” women into believing they were in a real relationship.

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Also, Ayelotan and Raheem were found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering, which is why they have been given longer prison sentences.

Until now, the justice department has charged a total of 21 suspects in this case: 12 defendants have already pleaded guilty to charges related to the conspiracy while 11 have been sentenced to date.

The three Nigerian nationals were part of a 21-member gang of cyber criminals, of which six, including Ayelotan, Raheem, and Mewase, were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi in July 2015 to face charges in the case.

A federal jury found all of them guilty of offenses involving mail fraud, wire fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, and theft of government property, the US Department of Justice announced Thursday.

He said a payment had to be made right away in order for them to get the goods he needed from a supplier - and that he couldn't make the transaction from Afghanistan.

She recalled: 'As I was showing prospective buyers around my house I was so excited as Glen was due to be coming home tomorrow.Online romance scammers work together in groups of six, usually at cyber cafes, sending out hundreds of emails through the dating websites and chat rooms waiting for responses.They follow scripts like telemarketers, which explains why their messages sound so similar or even exactly the same.She said: 'As soon as I opened the email and saw his photo it was love at first sight, we spent time chatting with emails going backwards and forwards getting to know each other.He was very charming and romantic.' But Glen told Sheila that in order for his business to be a success, he needed her help financially.He said they often pretended to have a military background as this is attractive to women and gives them a plausible reason why they can't meet.