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New Jersey man accused of fraud in dating site scheme

The internet has changed the way people do a variety of different things -- from conducting business to meeting someone with whom they might enter into a romantic relationship. For example, many people in the United States turn to dating websites. Unfortunately, a man in New Jersey is now accused of fraud after he was accused of posing as a soldier and asking women for money on such sites.

The case involves a 35-year-old man. Prosecutors claim that the man and his conspirators, who allegedly live outside of the country, met women on online dating sites and began romantic relationships. They allegedly created profiles using stolen or fictitious identities, claiming they were military personnel from the United States who were stationed internationally.

Federal prosecutors claim that they scammed the women -- approximately over 30 in total -- by asking for money to ship gold bars that they were awarded to the United States. They reportedly received over $2 million doing this, with the defendant personally receiving $800,000. News reports claim that the man made social media posts showing him with cash, jewelry and luxury vehicles.

As a result of the allegations, the New Jersey man has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years behind bars and be required to pay a $250,000 fine. Many people facing criminal charges often feel as if they do not fully understand their options or the potential outcomes of each. Because of the high stakes associated with each decision facing the man in the coming weeks and months, he may want an attorney with experience with such cases guiding him throughout the process.

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