An American citizen, Daryl Harrison, who claimed to be a prophet and prince from Ghana by name Daryl Attipoe has been jailed 20 years for fraud.
Harrison was sentenced to 20 years after being found guilty of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and witness tampering.
Harrison reportedly scammed his victims by pretending to be a Prince from Ghana named Prince Daryl R. Attipoe. Alongside his stepfather, they claimed to also be ministers in a church known as Power House of Prayer Ministries where they farmed most of their victims.
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They claimed to have connections to African mining and trucking companies through their connections in Ghana.
According to prosecutors, they conned at least 14 people out of more than $800,00
They convinced investors to put money into the phantom companies in Ghana and used the money for their personal expenses – including renting a house in Colorado and purchasing luxury cars.
District Judge Michael J. Newman gave Harrison the maximum sentence allowed under the law – 20 years behind bars – more than the 14-year sentence prosecutors had asked for.
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“Each of the Defendant’s fraud crimes were committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated fashion,” prosecutors wrote in court filings, describing Harrison as an “extremely self-centred, self-possessed sociopath who has no respect for societal rules or norms, and further lacks any empathy or sympathy for his victims” that “intimidated and threatened his victims to establish and maintain control over them.”