2 Nigerian citizens behind bars after romance scheme conviction

Men sentenced to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty

HOUSTON – Two people behind a scheme to move money from South Africa to the United States are headed to federal prison.

Two Nigerian citizens were sentenced to four years in prison after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors in Houston said the pair used false romantic overtures to get their victim to send money.

The fraudsters claimed the money would help them move $42 million in construction cash to the U.S.

The scheme caused the victim a loss of $2 million.

The pair faces deportation after they complete their sentence.

The FBI said these so-called romance schemes result in a higher amount of financial loss than any other internet crimes.