A former Army reservist was just sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $2 million in penalties and restitution, after pleading guilty to scamming dozens of people online, including the elderly and a veteran’s organization for Marines. Joseph Iorhemba Asan Jr. along with his accused co-conspirator and fellow Army Reservist Charles Infeanyi Ogozy, used two primary tactics to steal money from unsuspecting victims, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. “Among the many victims of the internet scams facilitated by Joseph Asan Jr. were elderly women and men who were callously fooled into believing they were engaging online with potential romantic interests,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. “This former serviceman and his co-defendant even laundered money stolen from a U.S. Marine Corps veteran’s organization in one of the conspiracy’s email-spoofing schemes. Asan’s crimes have indeed led to his own reversal of his fortune, as this former defender of this country now becomes a federal prisoner.” Romance Scams & BEC Attacks The first type of attack was a straightforward romance scam where Asan and Ogozy would pose as a romantic interest of an elderly person and trick them into wiring him cash. “Members of the scheme deluded unsuspecting older women and men into believing they were in a romantic relationship with a fake identity assumed by members of the scheme and used false pretenses to cause the victims to…
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