NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County man was arrested at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport for transacting in the criminal proceeds of an elaborate romance scam, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Eseosa Obaseki, 36, of Linden, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from wire fraud. He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in federal court in the Northern District of Texas and was released in the custody of a third-party custodian pending his initial appearance in the District of New Jersey.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Obaseki was the owner of MKO Deliveries Inc. (MKO), a New Jersey-based corporation, and the signatory on a bank account held at Bank-1 (the “Bank-1 account.”) Victim-1 was a resident of Washington State. Individual-1 was a fictious online persona created to…

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