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Posing as a man named “Jimmy Deere,” MgBodile met the Virginia woman online in November 2017 and soon convinced her they were in a relationship, according to prosecutors. She communicated with him via email over the next month and they decided to move in together, but he told her he first had to resolve an “investment opportunity,” Pak said.
That allegedly turned out to be fictitious.
He’s accused of telling her he was a fund manager and was about to receive a large commission from a client. But he needed her to be his “representative partner” and have the funds deposited into her account to avoid a conflict of interest, the release said.
MgBodile then started asking her to pay fees and taxes so the funds could be released, Pak said. Between January and February of 2018, the woman made about 25 wire transfers totaling more than $6.5 million from her trust into various bank accounts, the release said.
Officials say romance scams usually target vulnerable people who have significant financial assets, such as retired widows or widowers. The woman’s age was not released.
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In the alleged BEC scam, the Georgia company was not specified. MgBodile is accused of participating in that scam in March of this year.
“This investigation and subsequent indictment demonstrates the commitment the Secret Service and our partners have in aggressively pursuing those who commit online fraud scams,” said Malcolm D. Wiley, Sr., acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Atlanta field office.
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