A Kenyan national faces up to a 30-year jail sentence, after pleading guilty to fraud conspiracy involving romance scams in the US, the justice department in Massachusetts has said.
The 36-year-old woman, Florence Mwende Musau and five others are accused of defrauding people out of more than $4m.
The other five accused remain not guilty until the court proves it. U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs has scheduled sentencing for October 14, 2021.
Ms Musau is alleged to have used fake passports with different names to open bank accounts in and around Boston. The money was deposited into those, then transferred in several daily transactions, according to charging documents cited by the justice department.
The charge attracts a sentence of up to “30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a fine of up to $1m or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater, restitution, and forfeiture”.