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Ghanaian Jailed Nine Years For $36.4m Scam In The US



The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sentenced Fred Asante, a Ghanaian living in the US, to nine years in prison for money laundering in connection with a criminal operation in Ghana.

Over the course of four years, the scam’s leader, Fred Asante, is said to have made more than $36.4 million.

Mr. Asante and his Ghanaian associates defrauded businesses, duped older victims into online romances, and fraudulently applied for US federal Covid-19 loans.

On February 17, 2021, he was arrested in Virginia, and on February 16, 2022, he pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy before District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who handed down the sentence on Wednesday, May 18.

In addition to his prison sentence, Asante, 37, was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

In addition to the fine, he was ordered to pay a forfeiture of $647,488 and restitution of $2,292,486.71.

“In reality, Fred Asante set up companies that appeared to be involved in legitimate business, but they were simply fronts for a criminal enterprise in Ghana that defrauded American businesses and individuals through online scams.”

“Asante will now serve a significant prison sentence for his money-laundering operation.” “We will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to hold those responsible for the money side of the fraud business accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams.

He is suspected of opening and maintaining 19 bank accounts at more than ten different banks as part of his money-laundering scheme.

These bank accounts received deposits totaling $36.4 million from more than 80 victims over a 4.5-year period, from September 2016 to January 2021.

According to the indictment, public court records, and statements made in court, Asante was a member of a criminal enterprise based in Ghana that committed a series of frauds against individuals and businesses across the United States, including in the Southern District of New York.

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Man Dies Shortly After Donating His Kidney To Save Mother’s Life



A sad report making the rounds on the internet indicates that the goodwill of a young man has led to his death after he donated his kidney to his ailing mother.

The tragic news which has thrown many into a state of mourning was shared on Twitter by a user after it is believed that the surgical procedure was not entirely successful.

Although the young man, believed to be in his 20s, succeeded in giving his mother another chance at life, he did not survive the operation.

The Twitter user shared a heartbreaking photo of the deceased with the caption:

“He died after donating his kidney to his mother Allah sarki man. Indeed my brother you died a Hero I feel the pain and the Mother is alive. May Almighty Allah reward him jannatul Firdaus. Indeed his a Hero”.

The young man has been celebrated as a hero by his friends and loved ones for his gesture.

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Male Tourist ‘Raped By Two Men’ In Spain



An Irish tourist has reportedly told Spanish authorities that he was raped by two men while on holiday in Spain.

The 28-year-old man reportedly told detectives he was attacked on the last night of his holiday in Valencia, after he agreed to go on a walk with two men he met in the vibrant city neighbourhood, El Carmen.

They persuaded him to leave a venue where he was partying with a friend.

The two men ‘of Arabic origin with a French accent’ then tore the tourist’s clothes off and sexually assaulted him on an old riverbed, local reports state.

The report said the holidaymaker had told officers his clothes were torn from him before he was forced to have sex during the stroll.

The same report said a doctor who examined him at Valencia’s La Fe Hospital found injuries consistent with a rape during an examination.

Police are hunting two men “of Arabic origin with a French accent” who spoke only a few words of English.

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Mother And Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Gang-Raped In Moving Car After Accepting Lift From Group Of Men In India’



A mother and her six-year-old daughter were gang-raped by a group of men who offered them a lift home in northern India.

Police said the men had promised the woman and her daughter they would drive them safely back from Piran Kaliyar, a holy site for Muslims and Hindus, on the banks of the Ganga Canal, Roorkee, Uttarakhand province.

Mother and her six-year-old daughter gang-raped in moving car after accepting lift from group of men in India?

The alleged driver, who has been identified only as Sonu, already had passengers in the car when he agreed to drive the unidentified women, Police superintendent Pramendra Doval said.

Mother and her six-year-old daughter gang-raped in moving car after accepting lift from group of men in India?

Local media reported the mother said she had no idea how many men were in the vehicle.

The men allegedly attacked and raped the woman and her daughter in the moving car before they dumped the victims near a canal.

In spite of the ordeal, the mother managed to reach a police station, where she reported the crime.

The pair were taken to Roorkee Civil Hospital, where medics confirmed the woman and the little girl had been sexually assaulted.

Police confirmed investigations are ongoing.

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