Oluwamayola Ajayi, an acclaimed gospel singer, has been sentence to jail today for six and a half years, after luring four innocent women using popular dating website Match.com and then poncing ungodly sums of cash from them.
Ajayi, 31, posed as a Pilot on the popular site and used various fake identities, including an oil executive and grieving widower, to lure the victims. Once he had trapped his victims he then sent them several abusive emails and even went as far as pretending to be a kidnapper – and pretending he had been kidnapped – and demanded extortionate sums of cash for his release.
Ajayi, who was nominated for best international act at the 2011 Gospel Music Awards under the name of MaioJoe, was jailed for conspiracy to defraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Disgustingly enough, the court heard how one victim in the US handed over a whooping $125,000 (about £78,662) from a deceased husbands life savings and her dead mother’s estate.
Another case saw the gospel singer prey on a disabled woman from Nova Scotia, who was suckered into giving Ajayi almost $38,000 (£23,913) after he pretended to be Travis David McFly, a United States Airforce pilot serving in Iraq.
Prosecutor, Mark Rickard went into more depth on this particular case, stating:
He told a story to her about some gold bars he had found and that he wanted to get them out of Iraq so they could secure their financial future. She was completely taken in by him and intended to spend the rest of her life with him.
Though he was arrested at his home last year, Ajayi had insisted that one of the victims was a girlfriend of a friend who owed him money.
Police were horrified when they found various forms of personal information he had obtained from his victims, including: credit card details, bank statements and personal photos.
A spokesperson for the dating website has addressed the situation, saying:
We urge our members to follow the safe dating guidance we provide across our site and via email when meeting new people, whether that’s online, through friends or in a bar.
Jesus! What a con artist!
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