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Charges laid against alleged online dating fraudster from North York

Edwardsburgh/Cardinal (October 31, 2019) – The OPP laid charges against Nosa Oriakhi from North York for allegedly pulling an online dating fraud on a Cardinal woman. Police believe that Oriakhi and the woman met on an online dating site. After he has claimed to be in jail, he asked the victim for money. The woman lost about $150,000 according to CTV News, which the suspect collected in person, pretending to be a friend. Oriakhi has been arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000.

The Grenville County OPP started investigating a reported internet dating fraud on October 18. As a consequence, the suspect, Nosa Oriakhi, from North York has been arrested by the detachment. The 33-year-old man is accused of conducting a scam on a Cardinal woman, he met on an online dating site. The OPP neither revealed the victim’s identity due to the nature of the scam, nor the exact dates of the incident considering the ongoing legal process.

The police believe that Oriakhi and his victim have been communicating for an extended period of time, where he showed his ‘love interest’. Eventually, the 33-year-old man allegedly claimed to be in jail and asked for money. The victim complied and gave the money to a person she believed to be a friend of Oriakhi. While the person who collected the money was Oriakhi himself, pretending to be a friend. This way, the victim lost a ‘substantial amount’ to the scammer – particularly $150,000 according to CTV News.

The OPP detachment arrested and charged Oriakhi with Fraud Over $5,000. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, a guilty verdict for such a charge could result in a term of imprisonment of up to 14 years.