CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A man from Ghana is in the United States accused of a romance scam that swindled a Chesapeake woman out of more than $300,000.
38-year-old Richard Dorpe was booked into the Western Tidewater Regional Jail last week on wire fraud and mail fraud charges. We first told you about this case in October 2019 after the details of the case became unsealed.
Dorpe is accused of pretending to be a 57-year-old man looking for love on the dating site Ourtime.
The victim is described only as E.F. in the records. The two communicated on various social networking websites.
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The indictment states Dorpe used an area code that made it look like he was from Northern Virginia when he fact he was across the world in Ghana. He allegedly told the victim his wife was dead and he had moved to Virginia Beach but traveled for work.
Over the course of the online relationship, federal prosecutors say the victim sent him gifts like a laptop, a watch, clothes and sneakers, and cash totaling over $312,000.