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Today in Federal Court, a 63-month prison sentence was handed down to one of the men involved in a romance scam that bilked dozens of senior citizens out of nearly $1 million.

The length of the sentence was the maximum of the 51 to 63 month range Judge Sarah Pitlyk could impose. Judge Pitlyk said that the stiff punishment was due in part to both the “very serious harm to many people” that the defendant, 43-year-old Bonmene Sibe, was responsible for as well as his disruptive and contemptuous conduct during court.

An RFT cover story earlier this year, documented the scam Sibe and another man, Ovuoke Frank Ofikoro, orchestrated. Individuals in Nigeria, and possibly other countries, too, would contact elderly women in the United States claiming to be high-ranking generals and diplomats stationed overseas.

The scheme varied depending on who was being…

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