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5 prison inmates steal $560K from military personnel in love fraud scam

Wendell Wilkins, Rakeem Spivey, Jimmy Dunbar Jr., David Dempsey and Antwine Matthews were indicted in a sextortion scam.

Five inmates in a South Carolina prison managed to scam 442 members of the armed forces by using smuggled cell phones to initiate love fraud scams. They posed as underaged girls, contacted the service members, and then blackmailed the victims for $560,000 in hush money.

US Attorney Sherri Lydon held a press conference in front of the prison in Columbia, South Carolina, and announced charges against five men:

  • Antwine Lamar Matthews, 28
  • Rakeem Spivey, 27
  • Jimmy Dunbar Jr., 37
  • Wendell Wilkins, 30
  • David Paul Dempsey, 31

In addition to them, 10 more people were charged with helping the scammers collect the money from the victims.

Finally — U.S. authorities are going after romance scams. It’s about time.

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Hopefully this is a step forward for all victims, but it is not lost on me that the US DOJ takes crimes against men much more seriously than crimes against women.

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