Four UK women who were scammed out of over £100,000 by a Match.com fraudster are set to only receive hundreds of pounds in compensation.
Adewale Adewole, 31, was jailed for over four years in December 2014, for scamming women he met on Match.com out of cash and expensive gifts.
Adewole pretended to be a Royal Marine commander called Timmy Francis, and said he was connected to an orphanage called the Hope House Foundation in Africa.
He convinced his victims to send him money for hotel bills, after he had been mugged while working at the orphanage.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Adewole actually spent the money on TVs, iPads, iPhones and expensive designer clothes.
The total worth of the goods and money he procured from the fraud – which he carried out against four victims from the Manchester area – was £98,140.
However it has been revealed in a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing recently that the Nigerian father of three has only a small portion of that amount in “realisable assets”.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Adewole has only £2,213, which is what was raised from selling the electrical items like iPads and iPhones in a police auction.
Adewole claimed he wasn’t the mastermind of the scam, even though he pleaded guilty to the four counts of fraud.
Detective Constable Sean Nicholls, from Greater Manchester Police, told the hearing: “There has never been any evidence to prove there was someone else involved.
“There was possibly some help involved somewhere in Nigeria. There may well have been more than one person assisting him, male and female.”