Ghanaian ‘Prince’ Faces 20-Year Sentence in USA for Fraudulent Activities
An Ohio-based man who claimed to be a Ghanaian Prince has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud.
Daryl Robert Harrison, also known as Prince Daryl R. Attipoe and Prophet Daryl R. Attipoe, swindled about 14 people out of over $800,000.
Harrison and his stepfather, who were Ministers at the Power House of Prayer Ministries, used people’s investments to fund their extravagant lifestyles.
The two rented a house in Colorado and purchased luxury cars. A number of victims who fell for their scheme were members of the church.
District Judge Michael J. Newman handed down the 20-year sentence, despite prosecutors pleading for a 14-year sentence. Evidence presented in court showed that Harrison had used his supposed royal status to gain the trust of his victims and convince them to invest in his fraudulent scheme.
During the sentencing, Harrison asked for a more lenient sentence, citing supportive letters from his family and church members.
His defense attorney also revealed that Harrison’s wife is currently battling stage IV cancer and is taking care of their six children.
The case highlights the importance of being cautious and conducting thorough research before investing in any scheme. Scammers often use different tactics to gain people’s trust and convince them to part with their hard-earned money.
The sentence handed down to Harrison also sends a strong message that fraudsters will face the full force of the law, regardless of their status or claims.
The court’s decision serves as a warning to other potential fraudsters that they will be held accountable for their actions.