Initially arrested on February 17, 2021, as a member of a criminal money laundering syndicate in Ghana, the convict pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in February 2022. Over US$36.4m stolen in four yearsAccording to court records, Fred was leader of the criminal enterprise that scammed American individuals and firms to the tune of over $36.4 million over a four-year period. “Fred Asante admitted today to laundering money from victims of various fraud schemes, including cruel scams targeting elderly online daters searching for companionship. “Compounding the disappointment of learning their potential soulmate was indeed non-existent, Mr Asante’s victims later found they were also targets of a Ghana-based criminal enterprise netting over $35 million in illegal proceeds,” www.justice.gov has reported. Fred's co-conspirator, Lord Anning, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on October 15, 2021, was sentenced on February 28, 2022.
Source: GhanaWeb May 20, 2022 15:57 UTC