Texas man pleads guilty to romance scam of Missouri woman

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Texas man pleads guilty scam

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Texas man has admitted that he helped steal $1.2 million from a Missouri woman in a romance scam.

Federal prosecutors said 37-year-old Rotimi Oladimeji admitted during a plea hearing Monday that in August 2019 he and others began communicating with a St. Louis woman who had created an online dating profile. The woman believed she was communicating with a veterinarian and animal behaviorist who was a Belgian national living in St. Louis.

Woman sent money to scammers for months

For several months, the woman sent money to the scammers, after being told the Belgian man needed money to get out of the United Arab Emirates.

Texas man pleads guilty scam

Two other men were accused of helping with the scam.