Guilty of Money Laundering

A Fort Liberty soldier has been sentenced to a 40-month term in federal prison after admitting guilt to three charges of money laundering connected to “an elaborate series of romance scams,” federal officials announced.

Specialist Sanda G. Frimpong, who was an active-duty soldier until his 2023 arrest, has been mandated to reimburse over $350,000 to victims he and his accomplices exploited. According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina released Thursday, Frimpong exploited the guise of a romantic partner to gain the trust of his victims and subsequently defraud them out of substantial sums.

“The elaborate deceptions of Frimpong and his co-conspirators involved impersonating lovers, diplomats, customs officials, military personnel, and other fictitious entities,” the statement detailed.

Romance scammer
Sandra Frimpong is shown here in a photo provided by the Samson County, NC, police department following his March 2023 arrest.

Frimpong entered a guilty plea to three counts of money laundering on Sept. 14.

According to the charge sheet, Frimpong held the rank of Army specialist. He migrated to the U.S. from the Republic of Ghana in 2015 on a K-1 fiancé visa, divorced his sponsor in 2018, and became a naturalized citizen shortly after.

The statement noted that Frimpong frequently laundered the stolen funds with assistance from connections in Ghana.

He Pretended to be a Government Official

For instance, one charge in the indictment cites Frimpong masquerading as a woman in 2020, deceiving a widower from New York. He impersonated being held by a Canadian customs officer named “Sanda Frimpong.” He requested $7,400 from the widower to help him get out of detention and assist in transporting gold bars out of Canada.